Team Members

Daneaja Gipson
Creative
Daneaja Gipson (she/her)

Daneaja’s passionate desire to spread awareness for equality and unity stemmed from her constant movement as a military child. Through vast schools and communities, Daneaja discovered the brutality that came from ignorance. This discovery has stemmed her passion to find ways to help make information accessible and compelling to a wide range of people. As a creative, Daneaja works on creating templates for Instagram posts. These templates are then used to post information while gaining the viewer’s eyes and ultimate interest. With the help of the Ruth Project, Daneaja hopes to gain experience and knowledge on how to reach people about important issues/topics, not only sharing information with peers and others, but also to learn more herself.

Jillian Conway
Creative
Jillian Conway (she/they/he)

Learning about the discrimination women face because of their gender was something that sparked Jillian’s interest in gender equality from a young age. They come from a family of strong women who aren’t afraid to speak up when something isn’t right. As a Creative, she hopes to cultivate audiences with her designs and spread the word about much-needed gender equality. Jillian works as the Editor-In-Chief of her school’s yearbook in his free time and hopes to turn their love for design into a career.

Writer

Trenton Campbell (he/him)

Trenton is a writer for the Ruth Project and is very passionate about social justice and equality for all members of his community. He is motivated by the current and future initiatives to help offset the negative elements in his environment and enjoys promoting racial equality in the Orlando area and his school. Trenton is inspired by Yara Shahidi and Barack Obama and enjoys writing for the Ruth Project to help promote change in regard to many social issues.

Writer

Emunah Garmaise
(she/her)

Emunah Garmaise (she/her) is a rising senior based in Los Angeles who advocates for mental health awareness on her Instagram account @copingandconnection. In her free time, she writes poetry, cooks vegetarian food, and spends time with her family. A huge proponent of gender equity, especially across intersectional lines, Emunah is thrilled to be joining The Ruth Project as a writer.

Writer

Anushka Behal
(she/her)

Anushka is a passionate writer, reader, Swiftie, and activist. She is inspired by the resilience and intersection of the gay liberation and civil rights movement, specifically writers like Audre Lorde, Gloria Steinem, and Maya Angelou. She is extremely passionate about climate justice, racial equality, and equity in women’s sports. Having lived in 5 different countries, she has experienced varying levels of women’s freedoms, which allows for her to develop multiple perspectives and challenge her own thinking. With the opportunity to write for the Ruth Project, she hopes to make the feminist movement more accessible and trans-inclusive, and encourage others to exercise their power and make their voices heard.

Writer

Maya Derico
(she/her)

Maya’s passion for feminism was inspired by the strong women in her life. She has been eager from a young age to tackle the issue of gender equality and all of the problems that entail. Maya believes that with enough hard work and dedication the next generation will be able to experience the beginning of gender equality for all. Maya hopes that she is able to inspire others to feel deeply about social issues, as well as to bring awareness to the problems our society is facing. She hopes she can achieve this by being a copywriter for the Ruth Project.

Writer

Sofie Hansen
(she/her)

Sofie Hansen is an eleventh grader based in Florida, she is involved in the Ruth Project because of her strong desire to make a difference in the world and speak out about topics that are not touched on enough. Sofie’s motivation in her work with the Ruth Project along with other parts of her life will always be trying to work towards a better future. Sofie is inspired by her mother, who always taught her to speak out about what she believes in and her dance teachers Casey and Sarah who never fail to provide their endless support. Sofie is a writer for the Ruth Project.

Writer

Vedaharshita Kolipakula
(she/her)

Veda’s passion to create change and ignite a spark of determination in those who read her writing stems from the countless experiences she has encountered. As a daughter of two immigrant parents who fought to find a sense of stability, being a minority made her struggles all the more difficult. When she was young, she was unable to retaliate, to stand up for herself, to say everything she wanted to. Now, as she finds herself with paper before her and a pen in her hand, she no longer needs to. Her writing will speak for her, and she hopes that its voice will be heard by many.

Julie Wilson
Writer
Lily Gast (she/her)

Lily is a devoted feminist and advocate for equality, mental health awareness, and climate change. She is eager to tackle global challenges in the world around us to build a better world. Lily is also passionate about reading, art, and volunteering in her community. She is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Ruth Project, an organization that strives to educate and empower people into action. Lily is committed to working as a copywriter to inspire and encourage others to join such a powerful organization through her writing and research.

Brea Spence
Writer

Brea Spence (she/her)

Brea deeply admires and continues to be inspired by the confidence exuded in other women’s resilience and strength. She feels stronger knowing women are paving the way for further equality in life. Brea hopes to do the same for the next generation one day. As an advocate for social reform and gender equity, Brea does her part as a copywriter for the Ruth Project and hopes to encourage others to know their voices have power too.

Maria Carrasco

Video Creations
Maria Carrasco

Maria’s passion for feminism grew after her sister joined the Army and told her about the inequities and hardships that she went through as a woman of color. To take action and spread awareness, Maria created a documentary on discrimination that Latinx Women in the military face— which was later nominated for the YouThink Film Festival. Maria hopes to continue making important projects like these to help raise awareness for the hurdles of inequity that women and minorities face in the world. She believes that being the Assistant Creative Director will help her educate others on social issues that are happening around the world. She aspires to motivate others with all the work she does, and to facilitate positive development in her community.