Kristina Elhauge

Kristina Elhauge was born in Boston, MA, and lived in Newton until going away to Phillips Exeter Academy in NH where she graduated in 2014. While at PEA, Kristina founded the Feminist Union, a activist group and weekly open forum for students to discuss gender inequality issues both on campus and global. The group quickly rose to become one of the most widely attended and discussed groups on campus, using social media as a means of spreading ideas, especially in the case of the March 2014 campaign “PEA Needs Feminism” — a tumblr page where students submitted photos of hand-written signs on why feminism was important to them, in the style of the Who Needs Feminism project. The campaign sparked so much discussion that Feminist Union was eventually named Club of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year. From her experiences with social media activism, and how media interacts with culture, Kristina is interested in how the media both reflects reveals the current state of social issues while providing a space to effectively catalyze change. She is going to Columbia University in the fall, where she hopes to major in Film Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.