Congrats To Malala On Winning The Nobel Peace Prize
Our friends at Buzzfeed shares seven teen girls who prove that age doesn't matter when you want to make a difference.
1. Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is literally the cover girl for world-changing activists. Her outspoken advocacy for girls’ education in her Taliban-controlled region of Pakistan, which she began by blogging at age 11, culminated in a Taliban gunman boarding her school bus and shooting her in the head. After barely surviving the attack she redoubled her efforts, inspiring millions of people worldwide and becoming the youngest person, and first girl, to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Price.
2. Tavi Gevinson
Tavi Gevinson is ridiculously successful at what she does. At age 15, the former fashion blogger started Rookie magazine, a for-girls-by-girls platform for talking honestly, openly, and smartly about feminism and other issues unrelated to fashion.
Along with Gevinson’s early success came backlash — fashion editors, media critics, and haters who felt this “rookie” had no business playing with the big kids and who weren’t shy about saying so. These days, in addition to her editorial duties, she has an acting and singing career and recently inked a book deal with Razorbill.
3. Zhan Haite
At 15, Zhan Haite has gained worldwide notoriety for her education activism, challenging China’s longstanding policy of hukou, which blocked thousands of migrant workers from taking the high school entrance exams that would give them a chance to lift their lives and families out of economic hardship.
Over her parents’ objections, and despite fears of backlash in a country that doesn’t have the best reputation for embracing dissident speech and protesters, Haite persevered and got the government to loosen its regulations. Though there is still much more to be done, Haite is just getting started.
4. Allyson Ahlstrom
Allyson Ahlstrom is a fashion philanthropist who, at age 15, started an initiative to give new, donated designer clothes to poor teens who would never be able to afford them. Threads for Teens has turned from a hobby into a mission to “inspire teenage girls to live out their dreams.”
Now with Queen Latifah and other prominent supporters on board, she’s taken Threads on tour, embarking on a 49-city tour last year with the goal of bringing high fashion and high self-esteem to over 1,000 girls nationwide.
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