Millennium Fellow Uses Media to Revolutionize Female Storytelling

Pranjal Jain is a 2019 Millennium Fellow, a student at Cornell University, former undocumented immigrant, and the founder of a revolutionary female empowerment media platform, Global Girlhood

Global Girlhood aims to transform the way that women interact with each other across the globe. It does this by gathering common women’s stories of empowerment and then sharing those stories with other women in other communities. This, in turn, creates a global platform that bridges intercultural gaps and fosters lasting connections by creating a network of women who are invested in each others success. 

Global Girlhood is a project that is very personal to Pranjal. Because she grew up as a South-Asian American and an undocumented immigrant, she did not see many role models in the media that looked like her or represented her. 

“I rarely got to see women who looked like me and wanted to pursue the same field as me. That lack of representation fueled my background and my life up until now.”

To connect with women that were from the same culture as her, Pranjal spent the entire summer in 2019 interviewing women in the Jaipur community, where she was born. She went into the community intending to empower the women around her. However, once she started speaking to them she found her own personal empowerment through them. She interviewed these women on their stories, their childhood, most empowering moments, etc and was able to learn that the women that she interviewed were all already empowered in their own way.

“Growing up, I heard that women in India are less empower