Who better to change unjust systems than those who have experienced them firsthand?

I Am Why brings young women activists together with researchers and other allies to advance a vision of equitable and just systems that provide opportunity and connect young women’s strengths and stories to policies, practices and programs that work.

Why I Am Why?

Too often, girls and young women—especially of color—are ignored or oppressed for demonstrating the very qualities they need to become healthy, powerful adults. Equitable systems take a different course, celebrating and supporting the development of qualities such as leadership, loyalty, courage and curiosity.

I Am Why emerges from young women’s personal experiences with a variety of systems. Through individual stories, artwork and research, I Am Why explores the conceptual, structural and procedural ways that systems can fail to respect and support young women. I Am Why invites us to join young women who are leading the way to justice.

Why I Am Why?

Too often, girls and young women—especially of color—are ignored or oppressed for demonstrating the very qualities they need to become healthy, powerful adults. Equitable systems take a different course, celebrating and supporting the development of qualities such as leadership, loyalty, courage and curiosity.

I Am Why emerges from young women’s personal experiences with a variety of systems. Through individual stories, artwork and research, I Am Why explores the conceptual, structural and procedural ways that systems can fail to respect and support young women. I Am Why invites us to join young women who are leading the way to justice.

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We thank Artistic Noise in Harlem, the Young Women’s Freedom Center in San Francisco, CURYJ in Oakland, and the many youth organizations who have made I Am Why possible.

I Am Why is made possible by the generous support of NoVo Foundation.