BATON ROUGE, LA (BRPROUD) – These women are a force to be reckoned with and they are using their voices to uplift and empower women and girls in our community.
Sherin Dawud and Raina Vallot are co-founders of Power Pump Girls.
“There is a need and we almost feel like the news channel, OK we’re there,” said Dawud.
Power Pump Girls is a social impact club that empowers women and girls to bring awareness and change in the community.
“The call we thought we were answering was connecting women, and they were like yeah but we want to serve as well. So then we went internally and were like OK if that’s the call now here we are, we’ll answer it,” Dawud said.
One of the their main projects is period care. A cause they advocate for through their Secured campaign that helps provide feminine hygiene products for women and girls in need. They even helped get legislation that eliminated taxes on feminine hygiene products and diapers
“We realized a lot of women aren’t able to secure their own bag when it comes to period care products. And just eliminating the taboo around menstruation and making it something that is open and talked about. I know when we were younger it was kinda awkward to talk about that, it wasn’t something that was openly discussed and we’re trying to eliminate that. It’s something natural and that we should be able to talk about and make sure everybody has the products they need because it is essential,” said Vallot.
They are also big advocates for voting.
“Right now with it being a big election year with lots of stuff happening on local and national levels we’re trying to make sure that not only the women in our community are educated, but anyone who knows us via social media, or our newsletter, or have ever heard of power pump girls, you know we stand for nonpartisan, civic engagement. Just you getting out and being representative of yourself by voting,” said Vallot.
“And especially in our black community a lot of people don’t think that their votes matter, or that they’re going to be counted, they may be thrown away, there’s voter suppression. So civic engagement is specially important for Raina and I because our communities rely on decisions being made in these rooms, and if we don’t get out and vote whether that be black, white, male or female then nothing changes,” Dawud added.
Through their work they hope to empower women to speak up.
“Because for so long we didn’t have one. For so long we were not really allowed to have that voice, and still in some rooms we’re still discouraged to speak up and have that voice,” said Dawud.
With Sherin’s fearlessness and Raina’s determination, the two are reminding you to the be the change they want to see in the world.
“Until there are no longer any female firsts there is still someone waiting on you to do the thing that is in your heart, the thing you are being called to do. So for all the women and girls chase those dreams.”
If you’d like to learn more about Power Pump Girls and their initiatives or to donate to their crowd funding click here.