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Emily Brandt
Emily Brandt founded Take Back The News while earning her BA from Boston University, where she studied Womenís Studies, Psychology, and English, and where she served on the Executive Board of the Boston University Women'ís Center. She has extensive activist and volunteer experience, including work as a writing mentor with Girls Write Now and as a crisis counselor with The United Way. She teaches English and Yoga at a Public High School.

Julia Brandt
Julia Brandt is a public high school teacher of Biology and A.P. Environmental Science, as well as the advisor to her school's Gay-Straight Alliance Club. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1995, and her Masters Degree in Environmental Conservation from New York University in 2004. While in college, she served as a sexual assault peer educator, organizing and hosting community events, including Take Back The Night and the Clothesline Project. She has also been a rape crisis center volunteer. She also helps organize a student-facilitated annual workshop on relationship violence and sexual assault for the seniors at the high school where she teaches.

Maria Brandt
Maria Brandt earned her PhD in English from Boston College in 2003. Her article "'For His Own Satisfaction': The Elimination of the New Woman Figure in McTeague," which is a section of a larger dissertation analyzing narrative techniques that shielded early twentieth-century readers from the physical pain endured by New Woman characters, was published by American Transcendental Quarterly later that year. Currently, Maria is editing the memoir Return to Kamastone: One African Womanís Search for her Ancestors, and teaching English at Monroe Community College.