Rachel Altman is a senior at Thomas S. Wootton High School with a passion for humanitarianism -- especially for defending women from domestic and sexual violence in developing countries. She is intellectually curious and has an affinity for leadership and problem-solving. Outside of her secondary education, she is the Editor-in-Chief of her school newspaper, the president and a founding member of a gender equality club called Project Mystique, and a member of the AWARE Teen Board for the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse. She is also heavily involved in BBYO, and in Model United Nations, where she discovered her excitement about globalization and international issues. In her free time, she enjoys doing independent research on human rights, singing jazz and indie music, writing poetry, and watching copious amounts of Crash Course.
Impact L'Atid Venture: Equality Barometer
Mentor: Tiffany Harris
Description: After realizing that her peers' indifference to feminist activism was largely a product of an insufficiently globalized paradigm, Rachel Altman started Equality Barometer (EB) to educate and engage American youth in the fight for international gender equality. Her mission is inspired by Jewish principles of Tikkun Olam -- repairing the world -- and B'tzelem Elohim, the idea that everyone is made in the image of G-d and inherently deserves respect. EB's initial focus was on using research to expose gendered issues, which it does through its online database. As it expanded, it has grown to involve presentations and interactive programming to increase personal connection and empathy surrounding gendered human rights violations, as well as fundraising partnerships and apparel sales. Rachel has witnessed how EB program participants are transformed and motivated by their newfound knowledge, and aspires to continue that transformation in coming years. Check out the venture's website at equalitybarometer.org!