Her Campus Releases 'Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women' List

BOSTON, MA (September 29th 2015) - Over the last six months, Her Campus has scoured the globe to find the most ambitious, talented and forward-thinking college women to recognize on its inaugural 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women list. The college media and marketing powerhouse culled through nearly 1,000 powerful nominations and conducted interviews with many incredible applicants to narrow their list down to just 22.

"The level of talent we saw among the nominations made the selection process incredibly difficult," said Stephanie Kaplan Lewis, Co-founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus. "But we could not be more in awe of the truly aspirational group at which we have arrived."

Nominees were evaluated based on a mix of criteria including leadership experience, academic excellence, demonstrated passion for their cause, and ambitious goals for their future. The variety in the final list is astounding—from serving as a volunteer firefighter, to founding nonprofits and conference series, to publishing books, to leading the way for future generations of women in engineering, this list of 22 women is nothing short of extraordinary.

"I felt so lucky to have the opportunity get to know these incredible women throughout the selection process," said Her Campus Director of Community Development & Strategic Programming Brittany Lewis. "These 22 women are truly impacting our world across a huge number of domains and I have no doubt they will continue to make an enormous impact throughout the rest of their college careers and far beyond."

Partners including TOMS, Gillette Venus, Knock Knock and Tieks have shown their support by providing special gifts for all 22 winners, listed below.

Visit hercampus.com/22under22 for full profiles, photos, and more information about the winners.

Abigail Zeitler: Biking Across the Country in the Fight Against Cancer

Ana-Maria Constantin: Champion for Female Engineers

Andrea Carrizales: A Rising Leader in Local & International Volunteerism

Bernadette Lim: Advocating for Gender Equality in Health Policy

Caroline Jones: Furthering Childhood Education, One Book at a Time

Cynthia Sularz: An Advocate for International Women’s Rights

Elizabeth Kleiner: A Varsity Swimmer Making Strides for Women in STEM

Jennifer Kizza: Breaking Barriers in Healthcare & Education Worldwide

Judy Hou: Working to Prevent Teen Smoking

Kate Wallace: Building an App to Combat Human Trafficking

Morgan Ramsey: A Classical Pianist with a Passion for Activism

Olivia Pavco-Giaccia: Founder & CEO of LabCandy

Pavane Gorrepati: Educating our Youth on Issues of Food Insecurity

Rachel Heacock: A 16-Year-Old Collegiette with Major (League) Dreams

Rachel Conboy: Making Strides for Women in the LGBTQ+ Community

Rachel Davis: A Volunteer Firefighter Engineering New Materials for Our Future

Rahimah Faiq: Fighting for Justice in Local & Global Communities

Ruchi Shah: An Innovative Scientist Combating Disease

Sarah White: Building Young People’s Confidence Through Literacy

Sarah Hwang: Creating Her Own Path as a First-Generation College Student

Shree Bose: Life After Winning the Google Global Science Fair

Xyla Foxlin: Defying Stereotypes as a Female Engineer


Her Campus serves as a career launching point for its team of college journalists and future marketing mavens. Since joining the Her Campus Team, members have been offered jobs and internships with Glamour, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, People, The Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, InStyle, Lucky, Esquire, O magazine, MTV, The Washington Post, Digitas, Ogilvy, and many more.Her Campus Media (HerCampus.com) is the #1 global community for college women with a monthly multi-platform reach of more than 20 million users. HerCampus.com features national content on Fashion, Beauty, Life, Love, Career, Health, News, Entertainment, DIY, LGBTQ+, High School, and Real World, supplemented by local content from 300+ campus chapters nationwide and in nine countries. In addition, Her Campus offers an email newsletter, Her Campus Blogger Network, High School Ambassador Program, Her Conference, College Fashion Week®, Her Campus Tour, Her Campus Shop, and even more products, programming and tools to fulfill its mission of serving college women across every platform.

Founded by three students while they were undergraduates at Harvard—Stephanie Kaplan Lewis ‘10, Windsor Hanger Western ‘10, and Annie Chandler Wang ‘11—Her Campus was a winner in Harvard College’s business plan competition, was a Gold Winner & Best All-Around Team in MassChallenge, and was named Top Small Business of the Year by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. The Her Campus co-founders have been named to Entrepreneur Magazine's Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America, BusinessWeek’s 25 Under 25 Best Young Entrepreneurs, Inc. magazine’s 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs, The Boston Globe’s 25 Under 25, Forbes’s All-Star Student Entrepreneurs, Glamour magazine’s 20 Amazing Young Women, and The Boston Globe’s 25 Most Stylish Bostonians. Her Campus has been named to Forbes’s lists of The 100 Best Websites for Women and The 10 Best Websites for Millennial Women.


Elaina Featherstone

The Her Campus Team