Girls with Bold Voices: 6 Female Activists You Should Be Following

In a world that is constantly trying to force people into boxes, the most beautiful act of rebellion is to be yourself. Standing tall and speaking out about what you believe in is important and these 7 women are showing the world that they have bold voices and important messages to share!

Marley Dias

Founder of #1000blackgirlbooks, Marley Dias had a goal to collect and donate 1000 books that feature black girls as the main character. She started the campaign in 2015 and, to date, she has collected more than 10,000 books. At only 13 years old, Dias has spoken alongside Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey at the United State of Women Summit in 2016 and has written and released her own book, ‘Marley Dias Gets It Done.’ The book features opening remarks and praise from Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Her work has also earned her a spot as the youngest person on Forbes 2018 “30 Under 30” list. She is also set to be the keynote at the Inaugural State of Wisconsin Girls Summit.

I’m working to create a space where it feels easy to include and imagine black girls and make black girls like me the main characters of our lives.
— Marley Dias

Adwoa Aboah

This 24 year old catwalk star is going out of her way to empower young women. In 2015 she launched a female-focused web hub Gurls Talk, a platform where girls can openly share their experiences on mental health, body image and sexuality in a trusting environment. Aboah is a British fashion model, having modeled for Calvin Klein, Fendi, Puma and Fenty x Puma amoung others. She created Gurls Talk from her own personal experiences with mental health. Absolutely nothing is taboo on Gurls Talk, which has now become a diverse mixture of people from across the globe – girls standing together and supporting other girls.

With Gurls Talk I want to create a space wherein girls can have honest conversations about everything. But instead of it being a lecture coming from a teacher or a woman twice their age, I want it to be from women these girls can relate to - women who are speaking from experience.
— Adwoa Aboah

Sonita Alizadeh

19 year old Afghan rapper and activist Sonita Alizadeh uses her voice to speak out against forced marriages after her mother tired to sell her for £6,000 when she was 16. She first gained attention in 2014 when she realised ‘Brides for Sale,’ in which she raps about daughters being sold into marriage by their families – it has been viewed over 750,000 times. Since moving to the US, she has performed at the Women in the World festival and has been the focus of an award-winning documentary Sonita, and one day dreams of becoming a lawyer.

There is great power in speaking your truth and standing for something important. When my mother told me they have to sell me, I couldn’t breathe; I couldn’t speak
— Sonita Alizadeh

Hannah Witton

Hannah Witton is a 25 year old YouTube sensation, author and sex positive activist. She is encouraging all girls with her mission to ‘get real’ – lets have conversation around sex, body image and sexuality. Some of the vlogs on her channel include everything from, ‘What is lesbian sex?’ to ‘Chatting birth control with my mum’ - she can accrue over 100k views a post. She has also realised the book ‘Doing It’ which is dubbed an educational handbook for young people exploring everything from losing your virginity to consent. She works as an Ambassador for leading sexual health charity, Brook, and the girls empowerment and mentoring charity, Girls Out Loud. Witton has also appears on TV and Radio shows talking about feminism, body image, sexuality and gender amoung other topics.

Me as a woman liking myself is an act of social defiance!
— Hannah Witton

Emma Gonzalez

In 2018, a gunman opened fire at a school in Parkland and killed 17 people. Just days after, Emma Gonzalez, a student at this school, used her voice to call national attention to gun law reform. She’s held gun control rallies in her Florida community, alongside several of her classmates and has called on government officials to act to prevent future mass shootings from taking place. She has inspired people of all ages, helping to organise the March For Our Lives protest.

#InOurLifeTime we will fight for and alongside victims of gun violence, and we will prevail. Forget our kids, our Neighbors shouldn’t have to worry about this.
— Emma Gonzalez

Yara Shahidi

At just 18 years old, Black-ish star Yara Shahidi uses her platform to advocate for important issues like diversity in Hollywood, girls’ education and voter turnout. Shes sat down with Oprah Winfrey, discussing how shes turning her activism into action and she launched Eighteen x ’18, a campaign looking to encourage more young people to vote. She’s also worked with Michelle Obama on the Let Girls Learn initiative and also with the UN to launch the mentorship program ‘Yara’s Club,’ through the Young Women’s Leadership Network

There’s a sense of powerlessness when you’re under the age of 18 and you aren’t able to vote, one of the most important things in our democracy. What I can do is try to figure out ways to be involved.
— Yara Shahidi

So there we have it 6 truly inspirational women that show us what it means to fight for something you believe in. All with incredibly powerful messages, that required a brave voice such as theirs to say it. If you have something important to say, say it loud so everyone can hear it – then maybe you can lead the change, becoming another girl with a bold voice!

 

Stay Perfect, Messy People.