We interviewed Scholastic Kid Reporter Sasha Powell as part of a series highlighting the voices of our Scholastic Kid Reporters and their experiences covering notable women in celebration of Women’s History Month. Sasha chatted with us about her experience interviewing actress Jennifer Garner and United States Representative (New Jersey) Bonnie Watson Coleman.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm 13 years old and currently in the eighth grade. I enjoy crocheting, learning how to play new instruments, baking, traveling, hanging out with my three lovely cats, and reading. My favorite book is Animal Farm by George Orwell.
What has your experience been like as a Scholastic Kid Reporter?
My experience as a Scholastic Kid Reporter has been eye-opening and introduced me to a number of opportunities. I’ve learned so much that I will bring with me growing up. Being able to interview amazing people and articulate my experience in my writing is something I love doing, and it brings me joy.
Describe how it felt to interview Jennifer Garner and U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman.
I feel very proud to have interviewed these women. I’m generally on the more nervous side, so I was definitely overthinking before interviewing them. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to speak to two very influential women who many, including myself, look up to. I hope other kids enjoyed the articles and learned from both Jennifer Garner and U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman.
What did you learn from meeting with both women and their impactful work in philanthropy and politics?
Both women taught me that I have a voice that can be used to help others. Even if you don’t have the platforms they have, anyone, even children, can be impactful in their communities and beyond.
U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman was inspired to run for elected office after her father passed away, as a way to honor him and his work. Jennifer Garner was inspired to work in philanthropy when she witnessed economic disparities in her hometown and subsequently felt the urge to make a difference. I notice that each of these women has a passion, and they follow through with it.
What do you hope other kids and adults will take away from the interviews?
I hope other kids will learn that they can do anything they set their minds to. In the world we live in now, though not perfect, you can succeed and make a difference in this world. It doesn’t matter your race, age, sexuality, etc.
Is there a female leader that you dream of interviewing? Why?
There are many female leaders I would be interested in interviewing, even those who may not have a large platform. I think everyone’s story is important, especially when those stories involve efforts in helping humanity as a whole. If I had to choose, I would want to interview Oprah. I view her as a very resilient woman who worked her way up into the strong successful woman she is today. She inspires me to be a better person.
Are there any other women that you look up?
I look up to both my mom and grandmother. My mom served in the armed forces for many years and is one of the hardest-working people I know. My grandmother came to this country with very little support and resources. She managed to build a life for not only my mom and my uncles, but also for me. They both are examples of women I’d like to be, and I’m grateful to have them.
What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
Women’s History Month, to me, serves as a reminder of the struggles women experienced for basic rights and freedoms as well as to acknowledge the contributions of women who once weren’t seen as equals. The voice women have in this society is important and to have a month dedicated to women is amazing to witness as a child.