One of the things we witness time and time again is that women hold the seeds for transforming the world. We see it in our work with grassroots partners, as well as in the inspiring, dedicated interns who support our work throughout the year. We’re thrilled to introduce you to Lia Knight-Williams — a passionate young leader committed to change and equity, and an invaluable addition to WEA’s internship team this summer!
Lia is a second year student at Stanford University with a deep passion for education, and is excited to dive into work that uplifts both women and the environment. She’ll be bringing her incredible skill set and warm spirit to our team for the rest of summer, and we’re so honored! Help us welcome Lia and read more about her below!
Name: Lia Knight-Williams
Role at WEA: Programs and Director Relations Intern
Fun Fact: My favorite genre of music is 30s’ jazz!
Why did you want to intern with WEA? I am passionate about fighting for women’s rights on the national and global scale. When I found out about WEA’s mission, I knew it was a perfect fit to learn more about the intersection and connectedness of women and the environment. I am very excited to grow in an empowering environment of women leaders!
What’s your go-to strategy for lessening your environmental/climate footprint? We live in a day and age of intense materialism, so I strive to stay constantly mindful of my actual needs vs wants, and think of ways I can make environmentally friendly substitutions and changes in my life. I am a big fan of finding creative ways to reuse and repurpose items!
Tell us about a woman who inspires you. Michelle Obama has been an incredible role model for me. Representation is invaluable, and as a young girl I I was greatly inspired by Michell Obama, especially because of her dedication to education. One of my favorite quotes from her is:“Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.”
What’s your favorite thing to do in the Bay Area? I love hiking under the redwoods. Muir Woods is a childhood favorite of mine!
Any community events coming up you’re excited about (bonus points if it’s women-led/organized!)? I’m looking forward to Sacramento’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event put on by WEAVE in August.
What are you currently reading / watching / listening to? One of my favorite books right now is Colormute by Mica Pollock, and I’m always listening to Al Bowlly, Billie Holiday, and now Lizzo!