All Women’s Progress is a nonpartisan intersectional feminist policy institute dedicated to improving the lives of women and marginalized groups through research and education. Our aim is to identify and research the systemic challenges facing women and marginalized groups. Our goal is to present these findings to elected and business leaders to improve our democracy by removing systemic barriers for women and marginalized groups through the drafting of intersectional policy.
Maya Contreras is a professional writer, performer, and voting rights advocate. Her love of the arts, politics and the intersection of the two have given her a substantial background in both.
As a professional writer, she's covered the music, film and art industries. Maya has conducted interviews with comedy television stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson (Broad City), Director Larry Clark (Kids); Comedians Bill Burr, Stephen Merchant, Samantha Bee, and John Oliver; Hip-Hop legends KRS-One and Pharoahe Monch; and iconic fashion designer Calvin Klein.
Maya's plays have appeared Off-Broadway (Let The Devil Take the Hindmost), and Off-Off-Broadway (The Bloodline of Shadrick Grace, On The Use and Disadvantages of Leaving, and 'The Flowers'). Her short film 'Final Portrait' was an official selection in England's Winchester Film Festival. Maya co-hosted the Emmy Award-winning TV show 'Brewed in New York' for PBS.
As a lifelong advocate and activist Maya organized food and clothing drives in high-school for the Resurrection House, Inc. in Sarasota, FL. Her activism continued as an undergrad at F.S.U. where she organized lectures on women’s income inequality. After graduation Maya organized multiple music festivals for the non-profit organizations' Hands on Atlanta and Amnesty International.
After moving to New York City, Maya noticed a startling trend of apathy in civic participation, so — in the midst of building her career as a playwright and writer— Contreras became involved in political organizing once again. She utilized her skills as a storyteller to convince those around her of the importance of the vote while frequently meeting with elected officials in New York and Washington D.C. Maya was appointed by City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera to the Neighborhood Advisory Board, Community 3, Manhattan.
Contreras co-founded All Women’s Progress Think Tank because she saw the need for an intersectional feminist policy institute dedicated to improving the lives of women and marginalized groups through research and education. As an NYU Graduate student, Maya won the 2020 Graduate Research Grant.
Mia Brett is finishing her PhD in American legal history and has a long history in teaching and political advocacy. At Barnard, Mia’s dedication to women’s rights and criminal justice reform were encouraged by the environment at a women’s college in New York City. After internships in criminal justice reform Mia begin to pursue her PhD in history specializing in American legal history. During the 2016 election season Mia’s interest in politics and social justice returned and she started one of the infamous secret Hillary Facebook groups. Mia is currently living in Brooklyn, teaching legal history, finishing her dissertation, and working for the All Women's Progress Party Think Tank.
Aset is a human right’s activist and highly trained pediatric nurse. She has volunteered with Human Rights Watch and the organization Memorial. She testified before the Helsinki Commission at the Congress of the United States on war crimes and Human Right’s abuses in Chechnya. She was granted political asylum in the USA and became a naturalized American citizen in 2012.
Her experience as a nurse in active combat has deepened her already existing commitment to pacifism and having experienced first-hand the devastations of gun violence, Aset is a proponent for gun sense.
She joins the All Women’s Progress Think Tank to contribute her insight into warfare to the organization’s commitment to non-violent conflict resolution and nuclear disarmament. As a survivor of warfare, Aset strongly supports coverage for traumatized veterans and their families under the American Health Care Act.