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Name: Maarit

Pronouns: She/Her

Astrological Sign: Libra 

Hobbies: Crocheting, writing, and listening to music

Favorite Snack: Starbucks iced chai

How did you become involved with Planned Parenthood?

When the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization draft was leaked last May, I organized a walkout at my school to give students a chance to speak out against the proposed decision. Almost 400 students participated and it was amazing to see how many young people wanted to get involved and learn more. After that, I ended up getting involved as a volunteer with Planned Parenthood Action Fund and became a Generation Action Intern in August of 2022.

Why is it important for you to advocate for sexual and reproductive health care?

I was 13 when the draft of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision came out and up to that point, I was unaware of the impacts of sexual and reproductive healthcare. But I realized quickly how important those rights are, and just how threatened. After organizing with Planned Parenthood I decided I couldn’t sit by and watch people’s rights be stripped away while I have the opportunity to speak out.

What does it mean to you to be an activist/advocate in your community?

To me, being an activist in my community is about making sure that everyone, no matter their age, knows they can make a difference.

What are you excited to learn this summer as a Path to Power Intern? 

As a Path to Power Intern, I’m excited to learn more about organizing strategies, and develop a better framework for my Generation Action chapter as we move into our second year.

What role do you think young people have in fighting for reproductive freedom and health equity?

I think the role young people play in the fight for reproductive freedom and health equity is really important. They are the next generation of voters, activists, and leaders and they bring a whole new perspective into the conversation. I also know just how important it is to show young people that despite their age, they have a voice and can make a difference. 

What advice do you have for someone who wants to get involved in advocating for sexual and reproductive health care?

I think the best advice I can give to someone who wants to get involved in advocacy is to take the leap. It can be scary getting started, and I know it feels a little isolating to put yourself out there before you really find that community. But I also know it’s completely worth it. I’ve met so many amazing people and opened up a whole new world of opportunities that I never would’ve known about if I hadn’t gotten involved.


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