Little girl riding a merry-go-round

Hello! My name is Jessica Martin and I am an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland majoring in government and international relations while also minoring in art history. I have lived in the United States all of my life growing up in New Jersey even though I currently study in the Maryland-Washington DC area. In school I am not just focused on coursework but am also involved in different organizations that focus on community service, international relations and student conduct.

In my free time I enjoy going out with my friends, reading some books, painting and drawing. My favorite genre of literature is historical fiction but I have a habit of rereading some of my favorite books rather than seeking out new ones (I 100% recommend The Siren by Kiera Cass). Being right outside Washington DC during the school year, I typically go there for day trips whether that be to the zoo, some art museums, second hand bookstores or quaint cafes. I go on these exciting outings with my friends and when I’m not doing this, my roommate and I are hosting a movie and paint night for all of our friends.

During my studies, I often research women’s issues and feminism whether that be in my own country or abroad. I find these comparisons to be really interesting and beneficial in determining areas where we can improve available resources to girls and women. On a very broad level, I believe that one of the biggest issues facing girls is a lack of resources that they have to advance their futures. This could be in forms ranging from educational opportunities to healthcare. Because of this, my dream job is to become a lawyer and use my career to help girls and women around the world get access to the resources they need and establish their rights.

One thing that I love about art is that it can send a message that everyone can understand where such understanding does not discriminate when it comes to age, ethnicity or spoken language. Some of my favorite artworks are those that are vibrant and easily accessible like the beautiful street art in Bogotá, but when it comes to museums, my favorite would have to be either the Prado in Madrid or Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. The Uffizi Gallery contains so many beautiful sculptures while my favorite exhibit at the Prado is Francisco de Goya’s series Pinturas Negras.

-Jessica Martin
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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