After a summer where the U.S. confronted systemic racism, a flood of promises regarding justice came from state governments. This set the stage for Kadija Ismail and Kimberly Boateng, two young Black teens, to finally have their school renamed in honor of activist and Representative John R. Lewis, in a state with the second most Confederate-named schools in the U.S.
These six young period activists take on school administrators and state legislators in their fight for menstrual equality. Here are some lessons they’ve learned in the field.
This November, young people have the power to change the face of the U.S. electorate: Some 24 million Generation Z teens will have the opportunity to cast ballots.
In 2019, an anti-abortion bill proposed in Missouri was temporarily blocked because of a 17-year-old’s successful protest.
“When you look at the fact that bans aren’t actually preventing abortions, I can’t see a reason to pass these laws,” Gage said.
As a fifth grader, Marley Dias told her parents none of the characters in the books she reads in school look like her.
Five years later, Dias’ campaign, #1000BlackGirlBooks, has filled school libraries and curriculums with more than 12,000 books that feature Black girls as the main character.
“I was sick of reading about white boys and their dog.”
Ryan Pascal, 18, has an ambitious goal of registering 100,000 voters, ages 18-29, by November.
Her voter registration work has one main goal: support Black and brown Americans whose votes are being suppressed.
One million immigrants await permanent residency from a lagging, 1990s-established quota system that leaves immigrants with advanced degrees in limbo for 151 years—creating an unprecedented green card backlog.
The male-dominated “atmosphere of competitions just makes girls not want to play,” Ashley Lynn Priore, 20, told Ms.
But Priore is making a difference. To date, her program, Queen’s Gambit, has reached over 500 girls in the Pittsburgh area.
A group of worldwide volunteer 3D printer owners, Makers for COVID-19 combines technology, creativity and a sense of being part of the solution. And it happens to be run by a teenage girl.
Despite schools lending devices and cities getting creative about WiFi hotspot distribution, the divide between low and high-income students persists as a barrier to learning, and it’s a barrier that widens between genders.
“Where girls may have already been behind academically or struggling socially, those kinds of challenges could be magnified in a distance learning setting.”