Manat K

Ashoka Young Changemaker
Manat AYC US 2019
United States
Elected in 2019

About Manat K

Finding the confidence in herself at the age of 12, Manat started a social venture, Object, to promote confidence in young girls.

Manat felt pressure growing up around stereotypes of femininity and popularity, which didn’t match her love for STEM. However, she discovered through talking with friends and family that these pressures were reinforced by confining gender norms. As a syndicated young journalist, Manat recognized that she could harness the power of storytelling to challenge social norms. Manat started Object to help young women in the Bay Area ages 8-15 discover their self-esteem, confidence, and self-image. Object, as in “objecting to female stereotypes”, is a platform that shares professional women's stories of struggle and success and host experiential workshops to develop leadership skills. As of Summer 2019, Manat has connected over 500 girls with women role models in various fields - sports, politics, entrepreneurship, etc. - to inspire them with the confidence to discover their authentic goals and freely explore their passions.

Featured Stories

LeadYoung Story

Read and watch his story to learn more about Manat's journey to changemaking.

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Writing for Change

Read Manat's blog for the American Federation of Teachers about the importance of leading young.

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First Steps Blog

Check out Manat's blog about first steps in creating change while demystifying the process.

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Changemakers in the Pandemic

Watch these vodcasts about people leading change in the pandemic. 

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