Shaping Future Minds
Let’s take a look at some of the most empowering voices
Greta Thunberg began addressing climate change at the ripe age of eight. Currently, the 17-year-old Swedish environmental activist is the founder of Fridays for Future (School Strike for Climate). Thunberg has spoken out on climate change on numerous occasions on tours to Italy, the United Kingdom, and the US.
Rowan Blanchard is a proud feminist, body-positive Instagram influencers, and actress. You may know the forthright 15-year-old from the TV show, “Girl Meets World.” Blanchard awarded us with a heartfelt speech at the 2016 UN Women’s Conference. She knew she was “different” while in preschool when someone said she “threw like a girl.”
Evan Spiegel, the Snapchat founder, is “one of the youngest CEOs of a publicly-traded company.” He is 29 years young and is worth $1.9 billion. Without a formal announcement, the Snapchat CEO established the Snap Foundation. The organization supports youth, arts, and academics.
At 21, Kylie Jenner, celebrity and makeup mogul, became the youngest self-made billionaire ever. In 2019, she sold over half her cosmetics agency to Coty for $600 million. Because of the shortage of protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jenner made a generous donation of one million dollars to buy surgical masks and protective shields for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She’s one of the most positive females to follow on Instagram.
People assert that 19-year-old, Malala Yousafzai, is among the elite group of courageous young women’s rights influencers and activist. In 2012, she survived a shooting by a Taliban (Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan/IEA) gunman. She voiced that girls should be able to get an education. Because of it, the criminal shot her in the head. The impressive Pakistani author of I Am Malala received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 and is an advocate for education, women, and children.
Who are the top female entrepreneurs to follow on Instagram? The fifth-generation Norwegian sisters, Alexandra, and Katharina Andresen, 23 and 24 years-old respectively, have a net worth of $1.1 billion each through inheritance of an investment company. They got their fortune from the biggest tobacco company in Norway called Tiedemanns Tobaksfabrik corporation. After selling its holdings in the tobacco industry, Johan Andresen began operating several “ethical” companies under the new name. These companies assist ex-offenders or recovering addicts get back into the workforce.
Rupi Kaur began painting when she was five. Her mom gave her a paintbrush and permission to paint as much as she wanted. Today, Rupi has one of the most empowering Instagram accounts and is an internationally accomplished author and illustrator. The Canadian author sold her collection of poems at record speeds, totally over one million, consecutively charting the New York Times Bestsellers List for more than a year.
Jacqueline Marie Evancho is widely recognized for her album, Two Hearts, released in 2017. Jackie’s crossover music earned her the number one spot on the Billboard Classical Albums chart the same year. More to her credit is the concert at Cafe Carlyle, where she became the youngest artist yet to perform there.