With intersectionality at the core of our work, we elevate voices that fall across spectrums of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, ability, and class through engaging personal essays, intelligent yet accessible conversations, and bold visual content.
The story behind Sophomore’s origins is every graduate’s dream; be in school, recognize the disconnect between what you’re learning and what’s actually happening in your chosen industry (in this case Toronto’s fashion and media industry) and vow to change it. In July 2015, instead of accepting the status quo or leaving the world they’d grown to love, Sophomore’s three founders Stephanie Rotz, Kiersten Hay, and Jeanine Brito saw an opportunity to encourage progress. Thanks to initial funding from the Ryerson Communication and Design Society and Colour Innovations, our first and only print issue was released in July 2015. A nod to our friends at Rookie Magazine, Sophomore borrows the Latin term—meaning wise and foolish—often reserved for second-year students learning how to navigate society and come into their own.
Fast-forward three years, Sophomore continues to flourish as an entirely digital and volunteer-run publication, creating spaces for women to uplift and collaborate with each other globally. By day, our 16 team members spend their time at work or at school, and by night we gather behind the bright screens of our laptops to grind at our side-hustle.
Our goal is to make our passion project more sustainable. Support us on Patreon, and help us celebrate how far we’ve come and get to where we plan to go. Your donation goes toward hosting, operating, and creative production costs.
To stay up to date on our next moves, check out our Instagram (@wearesophomore) and stay motherfucking lovely.
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