From Reader’s Digest at rd.com
The world needs help. Climate change, war, poverty, inequality, and more threaten our futures. Fortunately, these young women aren’t sitting idly by. They are standing up, speaking out, organizing and fighting to provide us with a better tomorrow.
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Greta Thunberg needs no introduction— after all, she’s practically a household name. You can help Thunberg by making these tiny changes to help the environment.
Greta Thunberg – cliimate crisis
Who could forget high school senior Emma Gonzalez’s impassioned speech advocating for gun control just days after surviving a shooting that killed 17 people and injured another 17 at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland, Florida in 2018? She went on to cofound the group, Never Again.
At 17, Amika George learned that about 10% of girls in the UK were forced to skip school regularly as they couldn’t afford period products. George founded Free Periods to advocate for free menstrual products in all U.K. schools. She also works to remove the stigma behind periods, arguing that boys should be educated about periods, too. You can help by donating to Free Periods.
By the time Afghan rapper Sonita Alizadeh was 16, she’d narrowly avoided being sold into marriage by her family twice; the first time she was only 10. To protest this treatment, Alizadeh composed a song, “Brides For Sale” and made a video that she loaded onto Youtube. The video went viral, prompting an international conversation and empowering girls to speak out about their own experiences.
When she was 10, Marley Dias realized there was a problem with her education. Teachers assigned the students the same book over and over: a book about, “a white boy and his dogs,” prompting Dias to wonder where all the books featuring black girls were. She collected 1,000 books starring black girls to send to the school her mother had attended as a girl in Jamaica. You can support her efforts by purchasing her book, Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You.
As a 5 yr old, Sophie Cruz stepped on the world stage by breaking through security at
a parade in Washington, D.C. to hand a letter to Pope Francis. Cruz, a U.S. citizen, expressed her fear that her parents, undocumented immigrants from Mexico would be deported. Now 10 yrs old, Cruz continues to speak out on behalf of undocumented families.
Jazz Jennings is a 19-year-old transgender advocate who uses modern platforms to spread a message of inclusion and equality. She first drew national attention after being interviewed by Barbara Walters when she was 11 years old.
At 22 years old, Malala Yousafzai, some- times referred to simply as Malala, is one of the best-known advocates for female education in the world. She was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, the youngest Nobel laureate in the history of the award.
At 7 yrs old, Grace Callwood was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The experience left her determined to make the world a better place. In 2012, she started The We Cancerve Movement, dedicated to helping children experiencing homelessness, illness, or living in foster care. Today she is 15 and has helped children all over the world. Visit the We Cancerve website !
Khloe Thompson, as a 9 yr old girl, walked by homeless people on her way to school. Concerned about them, she was determined to help. Thompson started “Khole Kares”, distributing hand made “Kare bags” with 3 months worth of socks, toiletries, and menstrual products. Today, Thompson is 13 and her organization is going strong. Visit KhloeKares.
7 yr old Bana al-Abed held the world in thrall when she tweeted about her family’s struggle to stay alive during wartime in Aleppo, Syria. Her family fled to Turkey. She published “Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace” and began speaking out about peace and the importance of childhood education, particularly those in war torn countries. Today, al-Abed is ten years old, you can help amplify her voice by buying her book.