I am a political scientist and an activist, currently teaching at Bard College Berlin. I’ve always been passionate about education and gender equality. Part of it relates to my mother's experience who faced challenges to pursue education at a time when girls, particularly in the rural areas, were not even expected to go to school, but she persisted and became the first female from her village to attend and complete university. Knowing how profoundly education has affected my mother’s and my own life and worldviews, I chose a career in academia following the completion of my doctoral studies at the Central European University. At the same time, I remained involved in a number of national and international social movements and non-governmental initiatives, such as Stella, and I am one of the program directors of the Institute for Research - Impact. Building on my different experiences and engagements, I am keenly aware of the paramount role of mentorship and support networks and systems in creating possibilities for girls and women to pursue studies and professional careers. This is precisely why I jumped at the opportunity to become part of the founding team of Stella, in addition to having been a vocal advocate for gender equality and an informal supporter throughout my life. My goal is to turn Stella to both a valuable platform that brings people together and a driver of important national discussions on gender equality, education and jobs, which are issues that are not only women’s, but societal at large.
Elena B. Stavrevska