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March 31, 2015

#EGFellows Making Headlines March 2015

Of the trends we’re noticing among our 2015 Fellowship applicant pool, one of the starkest is the persistent gender imbalance among the social entrepreneurs. While research has proved that the addition of women in high-power roles can create positive results for an organization, just 40% of our applicants identify as female. Many women entrepreneurs are leading the charge – Robin Reineke is helping to identify deceased migrants crossing the US-Mexican border, and this month, Morgan Dixon’s organization GirlTrek marked the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma by walking a Detroit bridge. Watch our Bold in Action series to hear how these women are bringing their innovations to the fore, and read up on more of the headlines Echoing Green Fellows are making below.

Andrew Youn
Fight for Prisoners' Rights
Karen Tse, 2002 Global Fellow and founder of International Bridges to Justice, is training public defenders in Asia to create judicial reform and prevent false confessions brought on by torture.
Red Cross Case Raises Questions 
Ben Smilowitz, 2008 Global Fellow and founder of Disaster Accountability Project, explains his experience with the American Red Cross to support Senator Charles Grassley's investigation of the organization's ombudsman office.
Women Changing the World in 2015
Esra'a Al Shafei, 2009 Global Fellow and founder of Mideast Youth, was named one of World Economic Forum's 15 women changing the world in 2015 for promoting human rights an religious freedom. 
Medha Wins Dasra Girl Power Award
Christopher Turillo and Byomkesh Mishra, 2012 Global Fellows and founders of Medha, are preparing India's youth for life after graduation through leadership mentoring and career services. 
Google backs 3-city program for black, Latino techies
Code2040, founded by 2013 Black Male Achievement Fellow Laura Weidman Powers, received a backing from Google to support their pilot program to expand out of Silicon Valley and get more minorities into the national tech sector.
Big Hearts and Self-interest to the Rescue
"The good news for Millennials--and the world--is that fulfilling unmet needs and discovering more sustainable options can nicely align with one's self-interest." See how WattTime co-founder Anna Schneider is creatively addressing cleantech and renewable energy.

Photo Credits: Esra'a Al Shafei courtesy of Wired Magazine; Byomkesh Mishra courtesy of Social StoryBen Smilowitz courtesy of Disaster Accountability Project; Karen Tse courtesy of IBJ