Theme: Awesome girls
Every child has the ability to affect change in their community, but we often try to silence them, especially girls. Girls across the world are told who to be, what to think, what to do, and what their future will be. They are kept from math and science courses, forced to give up school entirely, accused of violating the gender binary, and much, much worse.
But girls are resilient. They are strong. They are innovative. They are intelligent. They are compassionate. They are ambitious. They have the potential to change the world. So, in honor of all the awesome girls out there, I’m going to share the stories of just a very few of them. You’ll learn about girls in the Middle East fighting for their right to go to school. You’ll learn about girls in Asia petitioning the government for better infrastructure. You’ll learn about girls in the US writing books against bullying and going to college in their teens. And, most of all, you’ll learn that girls are awesome.
Milla Bizzotto is a nine-year-old girl from Florida who recently completed a US Navy Seals obstacle course. She decided to go into training to combat the bullying she endured at school. Click here to watch a short video about her or here to go to her web site.
Avery Jackson is an eight-year-old transgender girl from Kansas who’s fundraising to build a Transgender House across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church. She and her family are pro-transgender advocates, and she wants to help build this house to support transgender kids. Click here to watch a short video about her or here to go to her fundraising page.
Hilde Lysiak is a nine-year-old girl from Pennsylvania who has been running her own news site, Orange Street News, for over two years. She’s published more than 900 articles, and this past week she broke the news of a murder before any other media outlet. Click here to watch a short video about her or here to go to her news site.
Hailey Fort is a nine-year-old girl from Washington who helps the homeless in her community. She builds houses for them, teaches them how to grow their own crops, started a community garden, fundraises, and donates. Click here to watch a short video about her or here to go to her Facebook page.
To learn about young American feminists of color doing their part to better the world, click here. You’ll learn about the radical Brownie troop fighting for self-love and black lives, Jazz Jennings, a transgender teen activist, and the actress-activist Amanda Stenberg. This article has hyperlinks so you can learn a bit more.
To learn about 10 black American girls changing the world, click here. You’ll learn about Gabby Douglass, a world-famous Olympic champion, Keke Palmer, the first black Cinderella on Broadway, and the siblings who started Five-O, an app that allows you to detail your interactions with police officers. Sadly, there aren’t hyperlinks in the article, but it’s a very good place to start learning about young black excellence.
To learn about seven black American girls who love to code, click here. This short gallery from Essence lets the girls tell in their own words why they love to code, why they started, and what they hope to do in the future. It is very short.
To learn about another 10 girls who are changing the world, click here. Most of the girls are American, but all of them are doing incredible things. You have Cassandra Lin, who founded the non-profit Project Turn Grease Into Fuel, which converts grease into biofuel for families in need, Paloma Noyola Bueno of Mexico, a math whiz, tech genius, and passionate pro-education advocate, and Kalyani Ramadurgam, who designed a program that can recognize faces looking away from security cameras. This article also includes hyperlinks, and these girls are so smart and innovative.
To read a short article about four girl activists, click here. You can learn about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistan educational activist, Noujain Mustaffa, the disabled Syrian refugee who taught herself English from soap operas, Jazz Jennings (mentioned earlier), and Olivia Hallisey, a 17-year-old girl who developed an Ebola test kit. There are several links and videos for you to watch.
Girl Rising is a documentary about nine girls around the world fighting to improve their communities and whether their challenges. If you click here, you can watch a trailer for it or here to find out how to watch it (It’s on Netflix!).
Finally, to learn about what some girls in Asia are doing to improve their communities, click here. You can learn about Pan, a 15-year-old girl from Myanmar demanding that the government improve infrastructure, Radhika, an 11-year-old girl from Nepal demanding equal treatment for girls in school, and Sanjida, a 10-year-old girl who with her friends stops child marriages and kids girls in school. There are hyperlinks in the articles. These girls are so inspiring. I love them.
I hope these girls will inspire you to go out and be a little kinder, cooler, and active. Now go out and change the world!
* Featured image of Milla Bizzotto taken from her web site