Maitri Khera

Hi! My name is Maitri Khera, I’m 16 and a rising junior at Wootton High School in Rockville,  Maryland.

I’ve always believed in equality, as it’s something I’ve always heard about and learned  about. When I got older, though, I was able to understand the struggles that girls around  the world face more clearly by reading articles and talking  to people who knew more  about the subject. Learning about what other women experience really made me want to  do something about it.  For the past four years, I’ve worked with a local organization called GirlsUP, that  encourages self love and self confidence in young girls. Being a teen board member has  allowed me to participate in events that promote confidence, such as a summer camp and  other activities throughout the year, and community service. By helping out and talking with  girls my age, I’ve been able to learn a lot more about the struggles that women face, both  here and all around the world.

I also love reading, writing, art, fashion, and music. I love finding new ways to combine my  favorite music with my art and writing. I really enjoy designing clothes and writing short  stories. Anyone who knows me knows that they can find me blasting Taylor Swift and  creating something.  I’m super excited to be a Girl Up Teen Advisor, and to learn from all the wonderful people I meet  and things I get to do. This is an experience I’ve been looking forward to, and I can’t wait to  use this privilege to help others.