11 Young Women Who Are About to Make History

11 Young Women Who Are About to Make History

Emma Gonzalez

Activist/Advocate Emma Gonzalez, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High SchoolParas Griffin/Getty Images

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 High School in Parkland, Florida in 2018? Gonzalez managed to communicate the anger, sadness, and confusion of an entire nation in the wake of a terrible tragedy and called upon lawmakers to make sure it never happened again. She went on to cofound the group, Never Again and helped organized the gun control advocacy event, March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. in which she delivered another gut-punch of a speech. Tragically, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas wasn't the last mass U.S. shooting or even the last shooting to take place in a U.S. school, but she continues to fight and perhaps, more importantly, inspire others to do the same. Here are the undeniable facts about mass shootings in America. You can help by visiting the Never Again website to donate money or time.

Amika George

Amika George activistDavid M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

When she was 17, Amika George learned that as many as 10 percent of girls in the United Kingdom were forced to skip school on a regular basis because they couldn't afford period products. George decided to act, founding Free Periods to advocate for free menstrual products in all U.K. schools and colleges. As part of her campaign, she has also worked to remove the stigma behind periods, arguing that boys should be educated about periods, too. Today, George is a 20-year-old student who continues to advocate for free menstrual products and equality for girls everywhere. Although women have come along way, we still have work to do, as evidenced by these reasons women still aren't equal to men. You can help by donating to Free Periods.

Sonita Alizadeh

Singer Sonita AlizadehRandy Shropshire/WireImage/Getty Images

If you don't think rap and advocacy go together, it's likely you've never heard of Afghan rapper Sonita Alizadeh. By the time she was 16, she'd narrowly avoided being sold into marriage by her family twice; the first time she was only ten years old. To protest this treatment of girls, Alizadeh turned to her favorite art form: rap. She composed the song, "Brides For Sale" and Iranian filmmaker, Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami helped her make a music video of the song, which she loaded onto Youtube. The video went viral, prompting an international conversation about the issue and empowering other girls to speak to out about their own experiences. Today, Alizadeh is 24 years old and continues to speak out and fight for the end of the practice of selling girls into marriage. You can help spread awareness about forced child marriage by sharing Alizadeh's video.

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