Svetlana Shkolnikova is a staff writer for the Gannett/USA Today Network and has previously written about gender equality for the International Women's Initiative, a nonprofit group dedicated to eradicating human-rights violations against women. Her byline has also appeared in USA Today, The Baltimore Sun, The (Bergen) Record, publications of the National Education Association and more.

In 2013, Shkolnikova reported on religion and culture for TASS, the Russian news agency, while on a fellowship with the International Center for Journalists and the Knight Foundation's Russia-U.S. Young Media Professionals Exchange Program. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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