Margaret Linscott

James Madison University

Magi Linscott, a junior at James Madison University, is a student leader active in social justice. Since 2013 she has engaged in advocacy work to develop a community of interest and inspire action along many fronts. She was the 2014 National Youth Advocate of the Year for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. She is featured in Chelsea Clinton's new book It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going and in Seventeen Magazine for her international social media campaign "Not a Replacement [Smoker]." More recently, Magi has been campaigning for feminine hygiene product accessibility on college campuses. She is currently working on an Alternative Weekend Break project for incoming honors freshmen and is vice president of JMU's Madison Honors Leadership Council.

Jonathan Alger
James Madison University

Personal Statement

When I was a little girl, I was constantly upset by the perceive injustices of the world. It was not until high school that I realized I could do something about it. I started my social justice work by addressing media manipulation done by the Tobacco Industry to LGBTQ+, youth, people of color, and women to get these groups to become addicted to a deadly product. I worked on local policies to decrease tobacco use. Additionally, through high school and college, I worked with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids to come up with an international social media campaign "Not a Replacement [Smoker]". The campaign was featured in Seventeen Magazine and the Huffington Post. Since then, I have turned my attention to on-campus issues. I noticed that the lack of feminine hygiene products on my school's campus can be detrimental to students. As such, I decided to act. I am currently conducting a campaign to make feminine hygiene products as accessible as paper towels and hand soap in campus restrooms. After all, such hygiene products are absolutely necessary for one of life's most basic biological processes.

Margaret Linscott
Public Policy and Administration; Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication: Class of 2018
written 2017

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