Fellow Spotlight - Zeenat Yahya

After working at a law firm for six weeks, Zeenat Yahya realized she wanted to do something different. She applied to work for IGNITE, and after serving as the California Program Coordinator, headed off to grad school to study Education Policy in Washington state. Zeenat wanted to stay engaged with IGNITE, so she transitioned into the role of Seattle Fellow in 2017. 

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How to be politically engaged during an election year

2020 is a huge year for politics, and you have the power to make an impact in your community. Here are five ways you can be politically engaged during an election year. 

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Guide to campaigning like a boss

If you’ve been thinking about getting involved in politics by working on a campaign, we’re here to help! Working on a campaign is a great way to get more women in elected office and can be a really rewarding experience regardless of the outcome. There are a lot of moving parts to a campaign, so we’ve created this guide to help you campaign like a boss. 

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Congresswoman Susan Brooks to keynote Young Women Vote

Do you know that voting is the bedrock of our democracy and our voting block has incredible power? Join Congresswoman Susan Brooks and IGNITE for a two day virtual Young Women Vote Virtual Conference. Learn from experts and elected leaders about how to mobilize your peers to get registered, educated, and organized to get to the polls. Get ready to #IGNITEtheVote in the 2020 election and beyond.

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Campaigning on Campuses during COVID-19

Running for student government can seem like an overwhelming decision, especially during a global pandemic. With social distancing measures still in place, the campaigning process will look a bit different from before. With universities moving entire student elections online, you’re presented with the unique challenge of reaching as many students as possible all from home. Check out these tips from students who recently ran for student government and won.

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Valerie B. Jarrett wants Gen Z to vote

Do you know that voting is the bedrock of our democracy and our voting block has incredible power? Join Valerie B. Jarrett and IGNITE for a two day virtual Young Women Vote Virtual Conference. Learn from experts and elected leaders about how to mobilize your peers to get registered, educated, and organized to get to the polls. Get ready to #IGNITEtheVote in the 2020 election and beyond.

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Fellow Spotlight: Raie

As a child of Ethiopian immigrants, IGNITE Minnesota Fellow Raie Gessesse saw firsthand how politics can impact people. “My life has been a product of policy decisions and always had a relationship to how political leaders have structured society,” she shares. Though she never saw herself running for office when she was younger, attending IGNITE events showed her that to make a change in her community, she had to get political.

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News from IGNITE: We're going to make sure Gen Z votes

In this issue:

  • A note from Anne 
  • Voting in a Pandemic
  • Help us recruit the next cadre of IGNITE Fellows
  • IGNITE Online
  • Support IGNITE
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How to create a financial road map

According to AAUW, women make around 80% of what men earn. That gap is much wider for women of color. For example, in 2018, Latinas were compensated 54% of what non-Hispanic white men were paid. This pay gap affects women in many areas of their lives, but don’t let it stop you from creating the financial future you deserve. Follow these steps to create your financial road map and set yourself up for success. 

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Fellow Spotlight: Fiona Murray

Fiona Murray was interested in politics from a young age, but she never really saw herself as a politician. Now, the IGNITE Seattle Fellow is well on her way to becoming a politician and is motivated to help other young women do the same. Fiona first came across the IGNITE Fellowship when a friend sent her the application, but she was unsure of whether to apply. She came across the application a few more times and spoke with her career advisor about the opportunity before finally applying on the last day. 

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