Young Women Speaking the Economy

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Jessica Jackley

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"The stories we tell about one another shape what we believe is possible. Are we telling stories of strength, dignity, and hope?" 

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Jessica's Selections

Spirited Tenacity

Though I am not a Muslim, I am married to one; this piece shows what I believe are amazing role models for all of us, but especially the women and girls in my extended family who share in their faith.

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Pro Mujer: A Holistic Approach

The message we get from this piece: women are capable of changing not just their own lives but the lives of their families and communities. Given the right resources we are incredibly powerful change agents.

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20 Years

We never know what kind of journey another person has been through. This is a great reminder that many people in our lives and communities may think about their place, their role, and their sense of home differently than we might expect.
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Making Progress

Interfaith dialogue leads to interfaith action; when people of diverse belief systems come together, relationships form that can truly transform the world.
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Small Farmers, Big Solutions

We may all know that women do the majority of the world’s work but this shows what some of that work looks like: the unsung, overlooked, underappreciated labor that is so important to our survival.
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Girls Helping Girls

I love stories about young people deciding to make the world better – to just step up and change things, and not wait around to get “more experience” before doing so. Sejal inspires me.
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Making Mothers Visible Buenos Aires

As a mother of twin toddlers, I am still a relatively new mother. More than any other experience I’ve gone through, having children has made me feel connected to other women. Sharing our stories of motherhood is a hugely important way to build empathy and respect in the world. Go to the selection>>

Mainstream Muslima

Music changes culture. Music changes us. This piece inspires us to find our own unique voice and to speak – or sing – out what we want to see change in the world. Go to the selection >>

Women of Clay

My favorite words from this piece: "Our land is inside our fingernails.” This is a powerful reminder that we are connected to the earth and to each other. Go to the selection >>

Mama Zahra, Businesswoman

Mama Zahra is one of my heroes. Her story will convince you that it women like her – entrepreneurs – who are the most powerful economic change agents on earth. Go to the selection >>

Curator's Statement: Jessica Jackley on New Narratives

The stories we tell about one another shape what we believe is possible. Are we telling stories of strength, dignity, and hope? Are we celebrating the truth of our experiences, even when that truth is not what we had expected – and therefore forces us to consider a different response than the one we had expected? These selections each challenge us to re-think our expectations about what is possible for the women featured, and because of that, they challenges us to re-think what might be possible for ourselves.

About Jessica Jackley

Jessica is a social entrepreneur focused on empowering others through entrepreneurship and access to capital. She currently serves as an advisor with the Collaborative Fund, investing in entrepreneurs championing the sharing economy. She is also a Visiting Practitioner at Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society and an IMOW board member.


Before this, Jessica was a co-founder and CEO of ProFounder, a pioneering crowdfunding platform US entrepreneurs. In February 2012, ProFounder joined forces with GOOD to create new tools and experiences for their community of creators and Jessica became GOOD's first Entrepreneur in Residence.


Earlier in her career, Jessica was a cofounder and Chief Marketing Officer of Kiva, the world's first p2p microlending website. Kiva lets internet users lend as little as $25 to individual entrepreneurs, providing affordable capital to help them start or expand a small business. Since its founding in 2005 Kiva has facilitated over half a billion in loans among individuals across 216 countries. 


Jessica holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Bucknell University, and honorary PhDs from Centenary College and Quinnipiac University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, author Reza Aslan, and their twin sons.

Get to Know Jessica 

Learn more about Jessica and why she's involved in IMOW's Curating Change.

  • IMOW matters to me because... IMOW believes that art is a universal language that can break through the boundaries that separate us. I believe in the power of the content IMOW curates, champions, and celebrates—and in the IMOW community—to make the world better for women.
  • My favorite book is... currently, my husband Reza Aslan's most recent, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
  • People don't know that I can... surf.

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I co-founded Kiva, the world's first p2p microlending website, and am so supportive of its work. Since its founding in 2005 Kiva has facilitated over half a billion in loans among individuals across 216 countries. 


I am so inspired by this organization. I love the founder (Casey, former Kiva team member!) and believe in her vision to allow people to fund safe births around the world.

The Collaborative Fund

The fund champions pioneers of the sharing economy, and the shift away from ownership, toward access. This is good for the world!

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