Emma Cohn

2018-2019 Rising Voices Fellow Emma Cohn

Emma Cohn is a senior at the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville in Asheville, NC. Through her synagogue, she serves as the Secretary and Social Action Vice President of the NFTY chapter and an assistant teacher at the Sunday religious school. She also does volunteer work for Carolina Jews for Justice and serves on the board for Asheville's Jewish Community Relations Council. Besides work at her temple, Emma runs an organization for teenage girls called Girl Speak (@girl.speak on Instagram) and enjoys reading, writing, watching comedy and mystery TV shows, and listening to music.

Blog Posts

Emma Cohn at Social Justice Conference

Post-It Note Privilege

Emma Cohn

Recognizing your own privilege for the first time is deeply disquieting. It can feel like you’re doing something wrong, or as if you can’t participate in social justice efforts because you benefit directly from the oppression of others. And those feelings may never fully go away, but that’s okay.

Topics: Activism, Education
Girl Speak Event

Pressing “Post” on Speaking Up

Emma Cohn

Last winter, I created Girl Speak, an event-based organization built to foster education and action on issues affecting teenage girls as an answer to the calling I’d felt for years. When I first started labeling myself a feminist in middle school, I began searching for a way to become more engaged in social justice work and start making more of an impact on the world.

Topics: Feminism
Promotional Poster for Wonder Woman

The Wonder of Representation

Emma Cohn

Watching Patty Jenkins’s 2017 film Wonder Woman was nothing short of a transformative experience. It was a victory, glorious and all-consuming, and it was my victory. I was the hero. And as I sat in that theater, tongue dry with over-buttered popcorn and stale air, I cried.

Topics: Film

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Emma Cohn." (Viewed on January 18, 2020) <https://qa.jwa.org/blog/author/emma-cohn>.

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