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Ashley Haering has traveled to as many countries as years she's been alive. Holding a bachelor's degree from UofL in Sociology and a master's degree from the University of London in Human Rights, Ashley is a legal advocate for the Center for Women and Families. While in London, she worked directly with victims of domestic violence with Refuge, a UK organization offering assistance to women and children. Now back in Louisville, she is taking steps to restart the local chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW), and is the Big Sister (with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Louisville) to a lucky 9year-old. And she is only 25! "Everything up to this point has been an accomplishment," she said. "Everything has built up to where I am." And to where she's going. Ashley dreams of one day influencing women's issues by affecting policy change on a national scale. "I'm just trying to build up enough experience so that I can one day do something. You feel like you're only putting a IWC Big Pilots Power Reserve IW-72-aid on the problem. I'm trying to work to a point where I can try to change things." Her lifelong dedication to women's issues took her to India for a month while researching for her dissertation, a study of sex-selection abortion. Her studies abroad, she believes, have made her more internationally conscious. She isn't opposed to relocating in the future if it will increase her power to instigate policy change, however for now she's enjoying her 20s with her family (she's the oldest of five children) in Louisville.
"I think I've always known I've wanted to work in a public sector or for a nonprofit because that way I can make a direct impact in peoples' lives."