From the United States, to Sweden and United Arab Emirates, here are some inspiring quotes from young women trailblazers in the world.
“You have to be authentic with who you are, whenever you enter a space, because you never know who else will be there to listen to you.”
– Deja Foxx, 21
“Why would you deny me the American dream?” At 16 only years old, Deja made headlines questioning an Arizona Senator about his stance on Planned Parenthood.
At 19, working on VP Kamala Harris’ campaign, she became the youngest political campaign staffer in modern history.
Today she is the founder of the GenZ Girl Gang, an acting advocate for reproductive justice, and plans to be the president one day.
“I have learned you are never too small to make a difference.”
– Greta Thunberg, 18
Greta Thunberg is an 18-year-old Swedish environmental activist who is seen as the voice of her generation against climate change. When she was 15, she started a climate strike all alone in front of the Swedish parliament. As it gained traction and international attention, over one million joined her on her School Strike for Climate Campaign on the 15th of March 2019.
“If they don’t want to listen to you at first, keep on talking, they will eventually have to hear you out. And once they hear you out, they will see that you have a unique view of the world and that your opinion matters.”
– Amariyanna Copeny, 14
Mari Copeny was only eight years old when she wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, addressing the water crisis in her hometown of Flint, Michigan. Eventually, her efforts drew a response of $100 million to fix the crisis. Since then, she has leveraged her efforts to help communities across the nation grappling with toxic water.
On her website, she does not shy away from referring to herself as the “future president.”
“We have to go beyond the bubble that we live in — take an unconventional path to achieve unconventional success.”
– Riya Karumanchi, 18
Riya Karumanchi is an 18-year-old student from Toronto, Ontario. She identified that the ‘white cane,’ regularly used by the blind, hadn’t really changed in nearly a 100 years. From this, she created WeWalk SmartCane at the age of 16 to assist the blind with spatial orientation and navigation.
Today, she is the CEO of SmartCane, one of Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 and a Keynote & TEDx Speaker.
“My story is a message to all young men and women in our country that nothing is impossible in life. Nothing is impossible in the United Arab Emirates.”
– Shamma Al Mazrui, 27
At the age of 22, Shamma Al Mazrui was appointed the Minister of State for Youth Affairs in the United Arab Emirates. She is the youngest member of the UAE cabinet and the youngest government minister in the world.
Shafeeka Hafeez grew up escaping into a world of books where she discovered a love for writing and a fascination with trees. When she’s not taking up a new marketing skill, or typing out a blog post, you can find her Googling the best therapy for abandoned cats.