Award-Winning Animator and Filmmaker Launches Global Empowerment Project for Teenage Girls.


Laura Pena, founder of She is the Universe, announces world premiere of video series that will share girls’ stories worldwide to build confidence and connection.

Award-winning animator and filmmaker, Laura Peña, announced the world premiere of She is the Universe, a self-funded global video series that captures the diverse yet universal stories of teenage girls. The premiere will be an intimate evening where attendees will hear Laura's story and view a screening of the first three girls’ stories.

Over the next year, She is the Universe will amplify the voices of 111 girls on six continents in one year. Laura Peña and her team will produce and publish these videos to enable girls aged between 13 and 19 — of all shapes, sizes, colors, languages, and cultural and socio-economic backgrounds — to be seen, heard, and celebrated. By sharing stories of girls told by girls, She is the Universe will build the confidence of young women worldwide to achieve their dreams and inspire viewers to reconnect with their own dreams.


“Girls around the world still receive societal messages that lead them to believe that what they have to say, what they want, and what they dream does not matter,” Peña explains. “She is the Universe gives girls the power to voice their dreams and start to believe in possibility. They will discover they are not alone, hear how others have overcome obstacles, and gain the confidence to create new narratives. Ultimately, they will become our future leaders who not only inspire us today, but will help create a better tomorrow for us all.”

Peña is traveling around the world to collect these stories, which will be shared at and through social media as they are collected and produced. She has conducted initial interviews in the United States (her home for the past 14 years) and Dominican Republic (her country of origin). Her journey will continue to Cuba, Haiti, Peru, Brazil, Spain, Iceland, Morocco, South Africa, Kenya, Israel, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and South Korea.

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Press Contact:

She is the Universe is a global media platform created to empower teenage girls through the power of storytelling.

Laura Peña, Founder & Creative Producer

Phone: (201) 759-0772