The Power of Teen Girls
Malala Yousafzai survived a 2012 school bus attack and went on to become the youngest person to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.
Greta Thunberg skipped school to increase awareness about global warming. She was honored as Time Magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year.
Emma Gonzalez survived the shooting in Parkland, Florida. Due to pressure from Emma and her fellow students, Florida passed a bill titled the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.
These are just three of the more well-known teen activists who’ve gone beyond the call of duty to make our world a better place. But have you heard of Angelina Lue, Zee Thomas, or Tiana Day?
Angelina, Zee, and Tiana
Angelina, of Los Altos, CA, started Teens Fighting Covid-19, a GoFundMe campaign designed to help address the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). As of this writing, her campaign has donated 25,000 surgical masks and 200 N95’s to more than seventeen hospitals and health care centers in the Bay Area, NYC, the Bronx, and the Navajo Nation.
Zee Thomas, a 15-year-old from Nashville, organized a march in her city to protest the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Zee had never been to a protest before, but 10,000 people joined her.
Tiana Day of San Ramon, CA, led a protest march across the Golden Gate Bridge earlier in June. She thought maybe fifty people would show up. Thousands came. In an article in the New York Times, Tiana said, “I have always had this, like, boiling thing, this boiling passion in my body to want to make a change in the world.”
In the same article, the reporter, Jessica Bennett, posed a question to another teen, Shayla Turner. “Why do you think we are seeing so many young women leading?”
Shayla, who has been campaigning to remove the police from Chicago’s public schools, answered:
“I want to see an entire revolution led by youth. We have the power, and we have the voices.”
A Few More
There are so many examples of the power of teen girls to affect positive change in the world. A few more:
Trisha Prabhu, who, at 15, created ReThink, a patented technology and an effective way to detect and stop online hate.”
Jamie Margolin, who, “frustrated by the fact that youth voices were almost always ignored in the conversation around climate change and the profound impact that it would have on young people,” started Zero Hour, a national day of mass action, led by youth.
At the end of the New York Times article, Zee stated: “my main goal, as a person and as an upcoming activist, is to make sure that people know that things will change. Eventually.”