“You do what you can; you do it well; you stand for what you believe in, even if standing by yourself.” — Jasmine Babers, Founder of Love Girls Magazine
Young women face many pressures as they navigate high school with their harshest criticisms often coming from themselves. 7 out of 10 girls believe they “are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way.” To help young women understand that they are good enough and have the ability to do anything, a 15-year-old Jasmine Babers decided to take action.
Babers, who says her mom would say she’s been a feminist before she knew what the word meant, started Love Girls Magazine, a publication that focuses on promoting self-esteem in girls and young women, ages 13-22, often referred to as women’s empowerment. “Women empowerment is telling women and girls that they can do something,” says Babers, who believes that “uplifting as many people as you can is important so that women and girls can succeed.”
After School spoke with Jasmine Babers as part of the “5 Minutes with a Teen Difference Maker” Interview Series. The series is hosted by After School in partnership with Peace First and includes teens who have made an impact on the world, from anti-bullying to raising awareness for the homeless.
According to Babers, empowering others doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself. “It’s okay not to be able to do everything…I think that it’s important to play to your strengths; to play to your passions,” says Babers. Building a network around her cause and magazine has helped her make a larger impact, now reaching thousands of readers with each issue of the magazine. Her all-female writing team focuses on, “bullying, body image, and anything that is important to them(her writers) and relevant to the times.”
Nonprofit Peace First has played a large role in her work to empower young women. Asked about her involvement with the organization, Babers says, “I think that the Peace First Challenge really makes it easy for young people to tap into the power that they have.”
Using her passion and tapping into her own power, Babers continues to grow Love Girls Magazine and change the lives of the young women who read and write each edition. Jasmine has won over a dozen awards in the past five years, including the Women’s Connection, Young Women of Achievement Award (2013), Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes (2014), and the Peace First Prize (2015).
Read more from the 5 Minutes with a Teen Difference Maker Interview Series:
- Stopping Gun Violence and Running for Office: Interview with Mary-Pat Hector
- Education to Stop Transgender Injustice: Interview with Eli Erlick
- Empathy, Diversity Training for Young People: This Teen’s Mission to Create a Better Future
- Battling Bullying with Empathy: How One Teenager is Bringing Positivity to Middle School Students
- Making NC More Supportive for LGBTQ Youth: How It’s Happening with QueerNC