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Haleema Bharoocha, ’18, is among Ms. Magazine’s ‘25 Under 25: Women of Color to Watch’

April 8, 2021

posterized collage of women from Ms. Magazine's 25 under 25 Women of Color to Watch

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Ms. Magazine recently featured the “25 Under 25: Women of Color to Watch” developed by She the People in celebration of Women’s History Month. This list highlights 25 of the young women and girls of color who are “changing the cultural and political landscape.” They have roots across the country, from battleground states like North Carolina, Georgia and Ohio to sites of historic struggle such as Hawaii and South Central Los Angeles.

One of those featured is Seattle University alumna Haleema Bharoocha, ’18. In a brief bio, Ms. notes that Bharoocha “is a Gen Z South Asian American striving to speak truth to power. As she quotes from the Quran, ‘Stand firm in justice be it against yourselves or your parents.’” 

Bharoocha is the senior advocacy manager at Alliance for Girls, based in Oakland, Calif., where she leads collective advocacy to meet the expressed needs of girls and gender-expansive youth. As a workshop speaker, she has trained more than 700 people in equity-related topics, including Islamophobia and gender-based violence.   

At Seattle University she started the Gender Justice Center, a student-led community space serving women and transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) students.   

Ms. writes of those on its “25 Under 25” list, “These women and girls aren’t just full of potential. They are wielding their power to shape our country’s future. They are leaders to watch, to learn from and to follow. With a diverse array of tactics like documentary filmmaking, community organizing, social media and photography, they are eschewing the old playbook and forging a new way forward. The next generation of leaders have arrived.”  

Read the complete “25 Under 25: Women of Color to Watch” article in Ms

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