Aimee Mullins knows a thing or two about beauty and self-identity. She was born without fibulae, one of the two bones in the lower leg. By age two, the decision had been made to amputate both of her legs below the knee, and she had mastered walking on prosthetics. Mullins went on to study at Georgetown on an academic scholarship from the Department of Defense, gaining top-secret security clearance at the Pentagon by age seventeen. Additionally, she ran on Georgetown’s NCAA track team, and competed in the Paralympics. Now at age thirty-two, she models, works as an actor, assists several non-profits, and speaks internationally on the idea of “beauty” and its definitions. Below you can view one of her several TED talks, in which she discusses her “12 pairs of legs” and how society views people with disabilities.
Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.