Our Team

Hailey Dickinson, Head Editor and Founder

The Bold Youth Activist Who Can't Be Intimidated

Hailey is a youth activist and the founder of Lipstick and Rage. Her work is based in gun violence prevention and womxn's rights, which includes getting a more inclusive Sex Ed curriculum and consent education for all in schools. She has worked with Women's March Minnesota and spoke at the 2019 Minnesota Women's March. She is also the co-State Outreach and Events Lead for Students Demand Action MN and she is a member of the National Women's March Youth Empower Committee. She founded Lipstick and Rage in an effort to publicly explore the bigger concepts of the issues, while also highlighting the womxn and activists who are actively working against these issues. She hopes that this blog will help readers realize why everyone should care about the issues facing us today and also hopes to inspire readers to take action.

Leslie Firkins, Creative Consultant

The Accidental Activist

Leslie would describe herself as an accidental activist. She has worked with Women's March Minnesota as the Special Events Lead, does lots of work with ERA MN, has worked with many gun reform organizations, and tends to be at any place and every place that needs an extra hand. You will frequently find her at the Minnesota State Capitol or livestreaming an event on social media. Leslie feels her real talent is in connecting activists who are passionate with organizations and the arts community to further the cause for social justice. Leslie is also the one who came up with the name Lipstick and Rage and has been involved in the development of the blog alongside Hailey.

Erika Quinn, Assistant Editor

The Victim Turned Warrior

I’m Erika. Alienated mom of 2 grown children. Divorced & rediscovering myself. My traumas began early; I was 4 when I was first sexually assaulted. My father was emotionally & physically abusive and my mother walked away from me when I was 11. I lived on the streets & put myself in terrible relationships just to survive. I’ve been broken, beaten, used, & discarded more times than I can count. Through therapy, writing, & discovering my true self, I found a fire & a true passion for helping other women who have dealt with similar issues. Living in the Buckle of the Bible Belt (Tulsa, OK), issues pertaining to the rights of women & children are often delegated by old, white, male politicians. Everyone owns guns and purchasing them illegally is never considered a crime (unless used by a person of color). Domestic violence is still a dirty little secret that a huge majority feel okay turning a blind eye to. Sexual assault within relationships is unheard of. I’ve watched my fellow sisters do so much in their areas to change the status quo & now it’s my turn. I’m ready to don my brightest lipstick, throw on a great pair of heels, & smash the patriarchy!! 

Srilekha Cherukuvada, Assistant Editor

Determined, Passionate Fighter

Srilekha has been an activist for education, equal rights, the environment, and many other issues for about a year now and absolutely loves standing up for what she believes in. She is a junior at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas and is a part of her school's student press staff as yearbook copy editor and is magazine copy editor for Lune Magazine. She also works at several other magazines in which she writes about a variety of different issues. Srilekha's ultimate goal in life is to leave a lasting impact on this world.

Srilekha Cherukuvada, Assistant Editor

Determined, Passionate Fighter

Srilekha has been an activist for education, equal rights, the environment, and many other issues for about a year now and absolutely loves standing up for what she believes in. She is a junior at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas and is a part of her school's student press staff as yearbook copy editor and is magazine copy editor for Lune Magazine. She also works at several other magazines in which she writes about a variety of different issues. Srilekha's ultimate goal in life is to leave a lasting impact on this world.

Josephine Proctor, Contributor

Southern, But Not Charmed

Hello! My name is Josephine Proctor (She/Her), and I'm a 16 year old student from Tennessee. I grew up in the conservative south, yet I am the furthest from conservative as any one in the south can be. I've witnessed the things you hear about on the news unfold before me. Issues such as the the 6 week abortion ban and the gun debate just to name two. Because of my front seat view to history in the making I am very passionate about sharing my unique perspective with as many people as possible. 

Elouise Meyer, Contributor

Equity Driven Educator

Elouise grew up being home schooled until later attending a private middle school, which sent her on the path to continue in private education through college. However, upon graduating Elouise entered the public school system as an educator and has been working in it for the past seven years. She is a science teacher and is very driven to help to elevate underrepresented groups in the education world. Elouise is especially passionate about encouraging more females to enter STEM careers. She believes having experienced a variety of educational systems has given her a unique view. 

Mikka Dela Cruz

The Aspiring Writer Seeking Social Justice

Hey everyone, I'm Mikka! I'm a 15-year-old immigrant from the Philippines who loves to travel. My writing will revolve mainly around immigration policies and women's rights as they are both topics that are very near and dear to my heart!

Stella Banowetz

The Artist, Writer, and Passionate Changemaker

Hi! My name is Stella (she/ her) and I am many things. Shy used to be one of them. That changed when I got involved in advocacy. I realized that my passion wasn’t something that I had to hold back. After that I started embracing my fire and have been using it to propel my writing, art, and changemaking ever since. I joined Lipstick and Rage because I’m done waiting for the right time to act, since the time for change is now. Most of my activism focuses on LGBTQIA+ rights, equality, climate change, and politics. When I’m not involved in activism I’m usually doing something in nature, reading, expressing myself with art, playing roller derby, or laughing with my friends. After I graduate, I want to take a gap year to travel the world and figure out how I can do my part to make it a better place. I can’t wait to hear everyone's stories and start to make change (no matter how small). 

Prableen Kaur, Social Media Lead

The Passionate Student Beginning Her Activism Journey

Hi! My name is Prableen Kaur and I am a rising sophomore. During my free time, I like to volunteer at senior citizen events, play basketball/tennis and read. I have recently co-founded a NAINA chapter in my community, where our goal is to send medical supplies to underprivileged communities. This experience, along with my association with ACS CAN, where I advocate for increased cancer awareness/funds has helped me on my activism journey, which is only just beginning. Additionally, my past internship at my local legislators office, where I was constantly surrounded by political figures has made me more aware of current global issues, fueling my motive in joining this incredible cause. I hope to use my position as a social media lead to expand the Lipstick and Rage organizations activism mission even further!

Nicole Sanna, Social Media Lead

The High School Student Sharing Her Passion For Equality with Others

Nicole Sanna is an aspiring activist and full time high school student. She has previously volunteered with Planned Parenthood to advocate for womxn's right to health care. Her focus in activism is gender equality, sexual assault awareness, and gun safety. She hopes to use her privilege to help support others. One of her main goals is to inform her peers about politics and equality because she firmly believes that the current generation is vital in the fight for democracy. Because of her age and location, she often struggles to find opportunities to get involved in politics, but she thinks it is important for young people to take part in social events that will affect their future, despite being unable to vote.

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