Monday, September 20, 2010

SPARK Ally of the day: Valerie Francisco

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the sociology program at the City University of New York, The Graduate Center where I'm working on research with Filipino migrant women working as domestic workers in New York City and their families in the Philippines. In the Filipino community in New York, I organize with Filipino American youth and women to raise consciousness about the need for girl and women's voice and representation, especially in popular culture and media. Our community work puts girls and women's presence first in producing new types of visual art, theater and music like hip-hop. We want to reshape the images and roles of girls of color and women of color's roles in hip hop to follow and build from positive women already in hip hop. I want to ally with the SPARK movement to build a better representation of girls and women in hip hop.

Part of "30 Allies in 30 Days." Learn more about the SPARK Summit and check back tomorrow for our next ally!

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