Girls Helping Girls

Olivia Rodrigo uses Depop to Give Back, How Crowdfunded Cabs Became A Beacon Of Hope &. Shiza Shahid’s Path to Success 

Olivia Rodrigo uses Depop to Give Back

By Khushi Bhatt 


Eighteen year-old singer and songwriter Olivia Rodrigo has taken the world by storm with her new album “SOUR.” If you’ve already listened you know the album is truly a work of art and the music videos are just as remarkable. Liv’s music and videos will have you singing along to her tunes after just a few listens. Earlier this month Olivia revealed that she will be selling some of the original pieces she wore in her music videos “good 4 u” and “deja vu” as well as her own personal closet on Depop. She stated that all funds raised through sales of her mostly affordable “pre-loved” pieces will be donated to charity. 


Fans have a chance to get an inside look at Liv’s closet and even have a chance to grab some of these iconic pieces themselves. Some of Olivia’s depop listings are from famous brands such as Calvin Klein and Unif. Items like the scarf from “deja vu” and the sweater from “good 4 u” already sold within seconds of their listings.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 11: Olivia Rodrigo poses in the media room during The BRIT Awards 2021 at The O2 Arena on May 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images)

How Crowdfunded Cabs Became A Beacon Of Hope In The Fight Against AAPI Violence

By Alexa Bournazos 

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate crimes in major cities have increased nearly 150 percent. The crimes left many Asian Americans feeling unsafe in their daily commutes to work, taking public transportation like buses and subways. Many Asian American and Pacific Islanders have been forced to turn to more private transportation options such as taking Ubers and Taxis; however, these private modes of transportation are significantly more expensive than their public counterparts. To allow more AAPIs to afford these safer modes of transport, Brooklyn resident Madeline Park founded the nonprofit Cafe Maddy Cab. Cafe Maddy Cafe collects money from donors in order to reimburse Asian American cab riders for the extra money they must pay in order to guarantee their safety. Cafe Maddy Cab has aided over one thousand Asian Americans and continues to protect their safety.

Shiza Shahid’s Path to Success 

By Natasha Gilman 


Shiza Shahid is an inspirational entrepreneur and activist who succeeded in making a change despite her non-traditional upbringing and background. Shahid’s first job was volunteering at a women’s prison in Pakistan. Because of the conservative lifestyle and mistreatment of women in Pakistan, this opportunity allowed Shahid to recognize her capacity to make a change. From then on, Shahid has been focused on making a difference rather than finding a stable career. 


Shahid went on to receive an education at Stanford and a job at McKinsey, a management consulting firm. She noted that her success did not come from having her career plan mapped out like some of her classmates, but rather from being unique and having distinctive experiences. 


When Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani women’s education activist, was shot, Shahid was working at McKinsey. After reconsidering her priorities, she later left to create the Malala Fund. 


Then, in 2019, Shahid created Our Place, a culinary supplies company intended to bring families together and highlight the identity and culture behind the food. Since its start, Our Place has gained popularity on Instagram. As a colored female, Shiza Shahid hopes to encourage acknowledgment of diversity and complex cultures within the food industry.


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