Our Panel includes:
Lucy Jane Bledsoe is an award-winning novelist who puts compelling, determined women at the heart of her stories to encourage this generation to find its voice and speak up for social justice. Lucy’s latest novel, “No Stopping Us Now,” draws on her own true experience of bringing the Portland Public Schools into compliance with Title IX.
Jess Eagle is a passionate social justice advocate working to make the world a better place for women, girls, and nonbinary individuals. Jess currently works at Equal Rights Advocates where she is involved in media relations, grassroots organizing, and digital advocacy.
Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique is an Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies and is the Executive Director for San Jose State University Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change. Akilah earned her doctorate in sports studies at the University of Georgia and has researched and written extensively on education and sports, primarily as it has impacted African American women.
Rebecca Sheff is a Program Coordinator at Equal Rights Advocates. She has worked on behalf of at-risk youth for many years including time spent at Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth — working in the Oakland Unified School District and the Alameda Juvenile Justice System — and at the United Way of Santa Cruz with their Youth Violence Prevention Taskforce.