About Us

We believe that women work together, possibilities become limitless and ideas become reality.

Our Story

Our Mission is to ensure young women’s voices influence political decisions about our bodies, our lives, and our futures.

Platform Board
“We haven’t seen college students come together in force since the Vietnam War. And when they did, their government and community listened. They put aside their differences to come up with a common goal and pushed this country forward. We need to see that again. We need college students to come together, to put aside their differences and create a common agenda. From there, they demand that if elected officials want their votes, they need to listen to the students’ voices.”

Senator Tom Harkin, July 2014

 

In the summer of 2014, Jen interned for the U.S. Senate HELP Committee under Chairman Senator Tom Harkin a true visionary and an earnest advocate for everyday Americans. At an intern lunch they each got to ask a question and so Jen asked, “In the midst of a gridlocked Congress, what can college students do to improve the workplace for women?”

 

The answer sparked an idea

 

A year later, this idea took on a life of its own when Jen gathered friends whom she trusted and looked up to immensely. Together we talked of how tired we were of feeling helpless; of sitting on the sidelines as witnesses to injustice; of watching government act in the interest of big business rather than the voices of the people whom they were elected to represent; of waiting, and waiting, and waiting, for equality and instead witnessing and experiencing hate. We knew we were far from alone; and it was time to do something about it. So we got to work. To anyone who says that women only tear each other down, this team is a testament to how much stronger we— and our ideas— can be when we stand together.

 

Our Vision

 

Platform strives for a government that serves all people, protects all people, and celebrates all people. Therefore, Platform works to amplify the voices of all who identify as young women in order to advance feminist dialogue and policies. To that end, Platform’s members drive and create our agenda. Our team knows that young women are not waiting for someone to “give us a voice” and young women are not waiting to be told our own truths. Young women just need a platform so that we can make our voices heard, our words respected, and our rights protected.

 

Intersectional Feminism

Intersectional Feminism

Platform works to address the different experiences of all who identify as women, non-binary, transgender, and femme while celebrating the bonds of sisterhood

training

Opportunity

All women have a right to be heard and involved in the political process

voice

Voice

We know that you’re not waiting for someone to give you a voice or tell you your truth. You just need your own voice to be heard and we will help you amplify it

empowerment

Empowerment

You have a story to tell, ideas to share, and the ability to lead, Platform stands by by you and supports you every step of the way

Why We Deserve a Platform

With Platform, we are legitimizing women’s voices that are otherwise silenced. We are disrupting the notion that the masculine voice is the only appropriate voice of a leader. We are paying tribute to the women who were jailed for speaking and those who were barred from speaking. We are creating a space for women to speak without being interrupted and their words explained as if they did not make sense the first time. We are forming a front that will stand by women’s words to protect against threats and commodification.


The increase in civic engagement among our generation is worth celebrating; however, there is more work to be done. It is time for our generation to recognize our capacity to bring about change so that we may take ownership for our democracy and our future. Platform provides a clear path to do just that.

22 percent of the Senate is composed of women
20.6 percent of the House is made up of women
3 Senators are recorded as having a physical disability
1 U.S. Senator is an immigrant
1 U.S. Senator is openly gay or lesbian
4 Senators are women of color

In the most “racially diverse Congress in history,” there are only 4 women of color in the Senate. During a time when aid to people with disabilities hangs in the balance, only 3 Senators are known to have a physical disability. While the White House creates policy via twitter to delegitimize transgender individuals, only 1 Senator openly identifies with the LGBTQIA+ community. And as hateful anti-immigrant​ rhetoric becomes more prevalent, only 1 Senator is an immigrant. A representative democracy can only be successful when the people are adequately represented.

The political arena is primarily composed of men with women only holding 20.6 percent of the seats in the House of Representatives and 22 percent of the seats in the Senate. These numbers are neither a reflection of women’s lack of career ambition nor of their political apathy; rather, a result of repeated attempts to undermine, discredit, and silence our voices. We know that young women are qualified to participate in conversations about our bodies, lives, and futures, so it’s time that we are heard.

58 Average age of the House of Representatives
62 The average age of the U.S. Senate
37.9 The average age of the U.S. population

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, registered voters between the ages of 18 and 29 are the only age group to experience an increase in voter turnout rate from the 2012 election to 2016 election. This not only indicates a greater interest in civic engagement among our generation, but also a distinct opportunity to channel our energy into meaningful progress. After the 2016 election, many of us became disenchanted with our government and for many of us young women, it became abundantly clear that misogyny is still deeply ingrained in the American psyche and our political systems. After the 2016 election, even more of us realized that the time for standing on the sidelines has long since expired.