Amanda Shapiro graduated from Harvard College in 2008 with a degree in sociology, where she focused on issues of economic justice and women’s rights. There, Amanda observed the intersections of class and gender, and grew to appreciate the difficulties women endure even in the halls of privilege. Upon graduation, she joined Teach for America, and taught for four years at a public school in the South Bronx. In 2010, she expanded her education interests on an international level when she joined the non-profit, Haitian Support, in a service project to build a school in rural Haiti. Her experience working with a high-needs population and a predominantly female workforce led her back to women’s rights advocacy. As an advocate, Amanda hopes to work in preventing sexual assault, closing the gender pay gap, strengthening maternity leave, and protecting a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices.For her Sparer summer, Amanda worked at AEquitas, a non-profit in Washington, D.C., which works with prosecutors, legislators, and other practitioners to improve laws about violence against women. Amanda also interned at the Tenant Protection Unit, in New York State Homes and Community Renewal, a state agency created by Governor Cuomo to enforce rent regulation laws in New York City.