Team

Staff

Laila Alawa

Laila Alawa

CEO, Founder

She also hosts The Expose. Started at the White House and Congress. Quoted in The New York Times and CNN as a disruptive force in media.

Mashal Waqar

Mashal Waqar

CTO + Co-Founder

Computing Security major from RIT Dubai. Self-identifies as a global citizen, Lord of the Rings fanatic, coffee enthusiast, and hopeless workaholic.

Nadia Eldemerdash

Nadia Eldemerdash

Managing Editor

Focused on migration, identity, and media. Favorite things include junk food, packing luggage, and the idea of exercise.

Maryam Khan

Maryam Khan

Director of Growth

SoCal native learning the ways of the East Coast, studying Economics and Political Science at Wellesley College. Proud stationary snob and dedicated scrapbooker (yes, you read that right).

Sehrish Sarah Khan-Williamson

Sehrish Sarah Khan-Williamson

Beauty + Vogue Editor

Graduate of Harvard Divinity School and George Mason University. She prides herself on being a global peace educator and her makeup skills.

Asma Elgamal

Asma Elgamal

Senior News + Society Editor

Passionate reader, writer, and photographer. She’s looking for new perspectives and drinking Moroccan mint tea by the gallon.

Saffiyya Mohammed

Saffiyya Mohammed

Senior Community Editor

Caribbean woman but not by your preconceived notions. Fabulous, and working on being even moreso. There’s a Trini everywhere, so I’m the one here.

Innas Tsuroiya

Innas Tsuroiya

Community Editor

When not writing or celebrating women writers, she makes time for comedy shows, visually stunning movies, and all things internet.

Sana Saiyed

Sana Saiyed

Science Editor

Raised in Kentucky and educated at Wellesley College and the University of Chicago. Studies the ways in which human-induced factors influence animal behavior.

Fatima Ali

Fatima Ali

Beauty Editor

Student at the University of San Francisco. When she’s not writing a new article, she’s most likely watching Empire, online shopping, or obsessing over makeup.

Maya Williams

Maya Williams

Race Editor

Senior at East Carolina University. Featured in the 100% Mixed Show’s #Mixstory, the Mixed Remixed Festival, and #ECUWithoutMe.

Chelsea Ennen

Chelsea Ennen

Pop + Trends Editor

New York City based and recovering academic with an MA in contemporary literature, theory, and culture from King’s College London.

Narmeen Saiyed

Narmeen Saiyed

Executive Producer

Has a knack for all sorts of makeup, skincare and snapchat filter applications. She also enjoys the smell of books and coffee.

Sidikha Ashraf

Sidikha Ashraf

Associate Producer

Her dream is to be a Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live.

Suha Sabith

Suha Sabith

Associate Producer

An ardent fan of comics and vampire literature, she loves to spend time understanding their socio-political commentary or in debates over DC vs. Marvel.

Esther Meroño Baro

Esther Meroño Baro

Director of Video

Bringing her whole self, piece by piece, since 1987. Her immigration status is complicated, and so is her relationship with herself.

Jenny Xie

Jenny Xie

Video Producer

Nothing pleases them more than capturing a dynamic shot, though understanding quantum physics and listening to electronic dance music come a near second.

Brittney Rankin

Brittney Rankin

Video Producer

With short rhymes, quips, a mild obsession with Tim Roth and anything that’s not the color blue, she aspires to use pop culture, the arts and music to create idiosyncratic multimedia pieces.

Deema Alawa

Deema Alawa

Executive Design Director

Self taught artist hailing from New Hampshire, she specializes in illustration and design and can usually be seen with pencils in both hands.

Zoe Wang

Zoe Wang

Motion Graphics Designer

Usually goes by Zoe. She loves collaborating, reading and listening to others, and turns her experiences into beautiful pieces of art. Paints, illustrates, designs, and sometimes creates 3D models.

Silla Alawa

Silla Alawa

Director of Social Media Strategy

Apart from strategizing and writing, find her eating Twizzlers and reading terrible books.

Chasiti Gaines

Chasiti Gaines

Director of Audience Development & Engagement 

Graduate student in the Master of Arts in Communication program at Bellarmine University. Working on her thesis on how health campaigns use social media to motivate behavior change.

Rubayya Hoque

Rubayya Hoque

Human Resources Manager

Aspiring author, working on fiction for this generation’s women of color. In a previous life, worked as an engineer in California, a librarian in Illinois, and an educator in New York.

Corinne Osnos

Corinne Osnos

Health + Fitness Editor

Loves engaging in philosophical debates about everything Freud to Foucault but spends more time with cats than humans on a daily basis.

Fellows

Shelby Moen

Shelby Moen

Creative Fellow

Enjoys writing and illustrating works that celebrate diverse women, particularly queer women and their stories. Graduate of the University of Colorado with a BA in Communication and additional certification in Digital Media, Graphic Design, and fun hair.

Demi Chang

Demi Chang

Creative Fellow

Design student at UC Davis. Working on projects in Fashion, Photography, and Video Production.

Fatima Sameen Zaidi

Fatima Sameen Zaidi

Creative Fellow

Stay-at-home mom to an energetic five-year-old. Currently studying for Bachelors in the English Language. In this woeful world of robots, humor is something appreciated.

Ralka Skjerseth

Ralka Skjerseth

Creative Fellow

Fond of Tolstoy’s idea of anarcho-pacifism that anarchism should be manifested with no coercion, and her music preference can switch from Trash Talk to Balmorhea real quick.

Arielle Jennings

Arielle Jennings

Design Fellow

Brooklyn-based art educator and 2014 RISD Illustration alumna. Staunch advocate for women’s rights, black lives, saving the environment, and accessibility for the disabled.

Aneeqa Ali

Aneeqa Ali

Design Fellow

Self-taught artist, raised in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and educated at the University of Essex-London. Work is focused on elements of human expression using varying forms of creativity.

Hannah Gaucher

Hannah Gaucher

Design Fellow

Freelance artist currently studying illustration at Lesley University’s College of Art & Design.

Alyson Fraser

Alyson Fraser

Design Fellow

Social media and community engagement associate at Auburn Seminary. Has a Leadership Studies degree from University of Richmond and is studying Graphic Design at Pratt.

Chiara Montinola

Chiara Montinola

Design Fellow

Designer from Manila. Works mainly in graphics and illustration, but is very much interested in design as a whole. Other current pursuits are rock-climbing and photography.

Jahanara Saeed

Jahanara Saeed

Community Fellow

Master’s candidate at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with a focus on South Asia studies. Interested in conflict management and the role of women in peace processes, as well as indigenous feminist movements and identity politics.

Jynee Bent

Jynee Bent

Community Fellow

Compulsive writer and an avid thinker. Loves all things sweet, getting lost on the subway, spending hours reading and writing poetry.

Isabel Paner

Isabel Paner

Marketing Fellow

Attends Dominican University of California and studies Communications and Graphic Design. Passionate about intersectional feminism and media representation.

Erin Tatum

Erin Tatum

Marketing Fellow

Social media marketer  and occasional freelance writer with a BA in Film from the University of California,  Berkeley. Passionate about intersectional feminism and dogs.

Malak Hakam

Malak Hakam

Marketing Fellow

Marketing and supply chain double major. As a young entrepreneur, she has at least six businesses running at a time.

Annie Wang

Annie Wang

Marketing Fellow

Thrives at the nexus of art, education, and technology. First-generation immigrant, photographer, film scholar, and theater artist. All about dismantling Orientalism and promoting intersectionality.

Justine Portmann

Justine Portmann

Marketing Fellow

Marketing Specialist for Gateway Arts, a non-profit in Brookline, MA that supports artists with disabilities. Has a BA in English Literature and Art History from Wellesley College.

Rose Driscoll

Rose Driscoll

Marketing Fellow

Writer, political strategist, and roller derby athlete, with a BS in English, Communications and Women’s Studies.

Ayah Galal

Ayah Galal

Editorial Fellow

Double majoring in journalism and political science at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Passionate about combating Islamophobia through the media.

Meagan Foy

Meagan Foy

Editorial Fellow

Student at James Madison University, studying English with minors in Italian and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.

Irene Ameena

Irene Ameena

Editorial Fellow

Avid reader and writer with a passion for all things social justice-y. Hopes to study brain sciences and go to law school one day.

Mahnoor Shoaib

Mahnoor Shoaib

Editorial Fellow

Majoring in supply chain and minoring in management information systems at the University of Houston. Firm believer in women empowerment, independence and spontaneity.

Shrabonti Turna

Shrabonti Turna

Editorial Fellow

Journalist and volunteer for Washington Adventist Hospital and Stories For Love.

Jennifer Njoku

Jennifer Njoku

Editorial Fellow

Marquette University Writing Intensive English Graduate with expertise in creative and academic writing. Detail and goal oriented with a deep regard for team work and captivating storytelling.

Zathia Bazeer

Zathia Bazeer

Editorial Fellow

University student majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Journalism. Sri Lankan Muslim. Passionate about issues such as racism, Muslim affairs and feminism.

Katherine Kaestner

Katherine Kaestner

Editorial Fellow

American writer, photographer and marketer based in Germany. Loves to talk about wine and bisexuality and get really nerdy about foreign policy.

Mona Said

Mona Said

Editorial Fellow

Student with hopes of becoming a life connoisseur. Found either crying over poetry, daydreaming about the future, smiling at nothing in particular, or stuttering while trying to explain her thoughts―this is why she writes.

Nada Moiet

Nada Moiet

Editorial Fellow

Pharmacist with interests in online journalism and creative writing. Chief editor of Hwadeet Magazine in 2013. Received a university prize for her article in 2015.

Natalia Marques

Natalia Marques

Editorial Fellow

Sophomore at Wellesley College, studying Political Science and Chinese. Passionate about resistance movements, feminism, and Beyonce.

Nathena Delgado

Nathena Delgado

Editorial Fellow

Third year journalism student pursuing BA degree at St. John’s University in Queens, NY.

Perry Hodgkins Jones

Perry Hodgkins Jones

Editorial Fellow

Published writer, environmental advocate, and non-profit worker with a Master’s in Theology and the Environment from Sewanee.

Robin Zabiegalski

Robin Zabiegalski

Editorial Fellow

Freelance writer for digital media publications like XOJane, and occasional writer of short fiction and satire. Passionate about feminism, body image, writing, snowboarding, and backpacking.

Stephanie Scott

Stephanie Scott

Editorial Fellow

Studying Fashion Merchandising & Apparel Design and a minor in Journalism at Georgia Southern University.

Tania Dawood

Tania Dawood

Editorial Fellow

Political Science major at UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas). Always looking for fresh narratives. Especially enjoys learning comparative politics and staying involved on campus.

Tea Milutinovic

Tea Milutinovic

Editorial Fellow

Writer and Social Media Analyst with a B.S. from Texas State University in Mass Communication and Public Relations.

Tuscany Bernier

Tuscany Bernier

Editorial Fellow

Currently getting associate’s degree in Islamic Studies from Mishkah University. Passionate about cultural diversity and women’s studies.

Yen-Rong Wong

Yen-Rong Wong

Editorial Fellow

Founder of Pencilled In, and hopes to put degrees in English literature and biomedical science to good use.

Kayria Taghdi

Kayria Taghdi

Editorial Fellow

User experience designer and researcher. Specialized in Interactive Digital Media and minored in Professional Writing and Communication for her HBA at the University of Toronto.