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Shira Small

2017-2018 Rising Voices Fellow Shira Small
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Shira Small, 2017-2018 Rising Voices Fellow

Shira Small is a senior at Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts. She is on the executive board of Student Government and Drama Club, writes for the school newspaper, plays softball, acts in the school plays, and manages to watch at least one episode of 30 Rock each night. In addition to her immense devotion to Tina Fey, she loves engaging in civil discourse about feminism, Judaism, and the current American political climate.

Blog posts

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

Eyes Wide Open

It’s hard to admit I’m not an expert when it comes to race. I do my best to be as informed as possible, but as a privileged white woman, I recognize I’ll never be able to fully understand systemic racism and how it affects people of color. On a school trip to the American South, though, my eyes were opened further, and I learned that there’s far more to racial injustice in this country than I was aware of initially.

Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer: Senator, Jewess, Inspiration

Barbara Boxer: Fittingly a great name for a fighter, and an even better name for an extraordinary, accomplished Jewish woman. As one of seven women in the senate when she was elected in 1992, Boxer’s work broke barriers for all women—especially those aspiring to work in politics.

School Hallway with Lockers

Sexism: Adaptable to the 21st Century

My sophomore year of high school, a dozen freshman boys created a March Madness style bracket evaluating each girl in the school to determine who was the prettiest. 

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