“It’s always difficult having your voice heard as a woman of color. Because of years of subconscious stereotyping, people don’t perceive South Asians as politically inclined. But this field affects me, and people like me, the most.”
In a noisy robotics workshop where girls in goggles belted Hamilton numbers and screwed metal pieces together with specialized tools, Langley Turcsanyi constructs a circuit board on the prototype for a robot that will be finished by her electrical crew for their next competition season this spring.
Fifty years after the Stonewall Riots began the modern LGBTQ+ movement, young people like Lillian Lennon and Raquel Willis are forming a new front line in the fight for trans equality—and giving young trans people hope for the future.
Sara Catherine Cook has stuck with debate for the last five years in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama—because she didn’t want to abandon her fellow female debaters who fought through the pushback.
More than 100 high school girls took over the labs at Sacramento State University this April to experiment with magnets, play with static electricity, smash concrete, pull metal and get a taste of computer programming.
The Guru Granth Sahib says in Sikh scripture: “None may exist without a woman.” That’s a nice goal—but gender equality, Seetal Ahluwalia says, “is not where it could be or should be.” That’s why she created Young Khalsa Girls when she was just 10 years old.
After the 2016 election, Andrea Yagher started pre-registering voters. Two years later, she’s a leader in the growing movement to expand Generation Z’s political impact and engagement.
Across the country, teenage girls are working hard to make young voices heard in the upcoming elections and beyond.
Two years after helping Donald Trump secure the presidency, Michigan has a new, diverse group of candidates on the ballot—and a sizable group of young women excited to cast a vote for the first time. Ms. spoke to a few of the young women forming a new backbone in Michigan’s political campaigns.
Whether working the phone bank for Hillary Clinton or debating criminal justice policy at the dinner table, Sylvana Widman can’t remember a time she didn’t follow politics. She also can’t remember voting—but that’s not her fault. She’s not old enough.