They will change the world if they are given the tools to do so. Here at My Gator Watch, we love nothing more than watching the next generation follow their passions and their beliefs. After all, it is the next generation that will shape the world around us. With our own amazing female founder landing herself a prestigious place in the Sky Women In Tech Scholars, we wanted to start looking at some female teens who are already changing the world in a BIG way!
MARLEY DIAS 15
At just 15 years old Marley Dias has already made a significant impact on reading diversity. At 11 years old Marley was a keen reader, but she was fed up with reading books that focussed solely on white male stereotypes. In November 2015 Marley launched the campaign #100Blackgirlbooks. She aimed to collect and donate 1000 books that feature black women as the main characters. She did indeed hit her goal and has gone on land her own book deal. Marley is undoubtedly one to watch over the coming years!
HAILE THOMAS 19
Haile Thomas is already making considerable changes to youth health and nutrition. Haile started cooking at five years old when her mother began teaching her from home. In 2008 her father was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, so her family began to focus on healthy cooking. When she was 12 years old, she cooked for Michelle Obama and made one of the winning entries in the first White House Kid’s state dinner. In 2013 (aged 13) Haile founded The Happy Organization. HAPPY is a youth-founded and led organisation that promotes youth empowerment through holistic education. They commit to planting seeds for the next generation to blossom into happy, healthy, informed, and activated individuals in their homes, schools, communities, and the world — at any age.
CORI “COCO” GAUFF 15
Coco Gauff is taking the world by storm and inspiring young female tennis players across the globe! Coco won the Junior French open in 2019 and is now the youngest player overall to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon. She is determined to become a female world champion, and we have every faith that she will!
GRETA THUNBERG 16
Greta is a Swedish activist who is determined to change the world. At 15 Greta began protesting about the need to tackle climate change. She initiated the school strike for the climate movement in 2018 and in 2019 she successfully engaged approximately 1.4 million students to strike. She continues to win awards for her activism and has recently been nominated for the Noble Peace Prize.
AMIKA GEORGE 19
Amika George is a 19-year-old student who, at the age of 17, started the Free Periods campaign from her bedroom. She was shocked to read that girls here in the UK were missing school because they were unable to afford sanitary products. So in 2017, Amika organised a protest outside Downing Street which saw 2,000 people dressed in red, demanding the government take action. In the wake of this pressure, the UK government announced that it would be funding free sanitary products in all English schools and colleges.
YARA SHAHIDI 19
Yara Shahidi is well known for her starring role in the sitcom “Black-ish”, and it’s spin-off “grown ish”. Yara is successfully inspiring young people to become involved in politics and activism. She is well known for forming Yara’s club, a young women’s mentoring programme that brings together high schools students to discuss social issues. Yara is determined to show young people that they have a voice, and they have the power to make a change to the world.
MELATI & ISABEL WIJSEN (17 &15)
Melati and Isabel Wijsen started Bye Bye plastic bags at the young age of 10 & 12. Both girls were inspired by a lesson in school about inspiring people who had changed the world. The girls decided that they also wanted to make a difference in the world. Growing up in Bali, they were surrounded by the negative impact of plastic, and so they made a pact to make a change! Bye Bye Plastic Bags was born in 2013 and has now grown into a well known international movement of inspiration, youth empowerment, and of course, saying NO to plastic bags.
We hope you find these young women as inspiring as we do. Do you know a young female teen who is making a big difference? Join the conversation in the comments below or via our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.
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