#WomensHistoryMonth Spotlight: Shanequa Levin

By: Miya Jones
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#WomensHistoryMonth Spotlight: Shanequa Levin

For Women’s History Month it’s important to acknowledge the women in our local communities doing the work that needs to be done. We putting the spotlight on Shanequa Levin.

Shanequa is the founder and CEO of the Women’s Diversity Network (WDN), which connects women of different backgrounds to create positive changes through unified sisterhood.

She has a long resume in the grassroots movement, serving as the director for Every Child Matters in New York, the local campaign of a national non-partisan organization that works to make children’s issues a national priority.

She helped the New York Paid Family Leave get law pass, which covers employees for up to 12 weeks of leave from work, if they have a baby, adopt a child, have to take care of a parent or go on military leave. The Huntington resident also worked on the Raise the Age Campaign, which worked to create a law where our children in New York are no longer treated and tried as adults for misdemeanors.

In her role as a public speaker, Shanequa shares her own powerful story about surviving childhood poverty and breaking generational cycles to inspire others to take actions that can affect change.

She is certified in leadership through Adelphi University, the University of Connecticut, and through the Rockwood Leadership Institute. She has received several awards and proclamations for her leadership.

Miya Jones

Miya Jones

Miya Jones is a Long Island native and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Shades of Long Island. She's been a journalist since the age of 17 and is a diversity advocate. Follow Miya on Instagram and Twitter: @miyajones1996 and on Facebook as Miya Jones.

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