5 Girls Who Inspire Us To Make Change
Can you imagine a time when women weren’t allowed to vote? When women weren’t allowed to run businesses? When women were not taken seriously as scientists, athletes, or worse, members of society? For centuries, women were subject to this inequality until brave young women began stepping up and rewriting history.
Luckily, our Girls’ Voices scholars have so many young women to draw inspiration from. Here are 6 of our favorite girls changing the world today.
At just 8 years old, Mari Copeny began advocating for clean water in her hometown—Flint, MI. Mari wrote a letter to President Obama, asking him to meet with her and a group of people coming to Washington D.C. to watch congressional hearings on the Flint water crisis. Instead, President Obama visited Flint where he got a chance to meet Mari. She used her voice then to create change and is still fighting for her community today.
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani human rights advocate and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient. A Taliban gunman attempted to assassinate Malala when she was just 15, in retaliation for her work in promoting education for girls. Since then, she’s co-founded the Malala Fund, a non-profit organization that fights for girls’ education and co-authored I Am Malala, an international bestseller.
Eleven-year-old Khloe Thompson has a mission: “To make the world a better place, by showing ALL of my neighbors that they are loved and cared for, no matter what their situation is.” That’s why she founded Khloe Kares, an organization that works to empower people experiencing homelessness. The organization provides “Kare Bags” to local homeless shelters, but Khloe has bigger plans in store. She hopes to open a community center where homeless people can work and develop the skills needed to start a new career!
Adhara Pérez is a genius in line with the greats like Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. The Mexico City native has an IQ of 162 and by the age of eight had finished high school. Adhara is now in the process of earning two degrees online and dreams of one day working for NASA.
Vogue México reports that Adhara is developing a new smart bracelet to monitor the emotions of differently-abled children, anticipating and preventing seizures and other outbursts.
At age 15, Greta Thunberg began to strike outside the Swedish parliament to call for stronger action on global warming. She later addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference and students worldwide organized school strikes in solidarity with Greta and her cause. Since, Greta has gained international recognition and has spoken with political leaders around the world, encouraging immediate action for the planet.
At Girls’ Voices, we know the work isn’t done. We work with girls all around the globe to empower and encourage them to speak up, stand up, and change the world, one story at a time. Stay tuned to learn more about our own girls making moves in the world!