Jen Mandelblatt created an organization to amplify young women’s voices and help pass laws that protect them.
“Elected officials make decisions about our bodies, our lives, and our futures without listening to our voices. And that’s a problem,” she stated. “I think we’re so used to, as women-identified folx, of being told, you know, wait your turn, you’re not qualified.”
Mandelblatt co-founded Platform in 2016, which facilitates gatherings of young people where stories are shared, game plans are created, and lobbying politicians for change begins mere hours later.
“We are a political training and lobbying organization for all who identify as young women to ensure that our voices are not only heard in the rooms where decisions are made, but influence the legislative decisions made about our lives,” she explained.
Platform now hosts a convention in D.C. every year and has launched five chapters with dozens of members nationwide. The national organization is led by five women-identifying directors with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities.
“I’ve had a lot of privileges and opportunities in my life that have led to the power in my own voice,” said Mandelblatt. “I don’t know the truths of the women around me so I’m not going to tell them what to believe or what to say. They’re going to tell their lawmakers what they believe and what they have to say.”