Female activists in the spotlight this month – The Hawkeye

Husband Copeny

Mari Copeny is a 14 year old girl from Flint, Michigan. She began her journey into activism when she wrote a letter to former President Barack Obama about the water crisis in Flint. Obama came to the state to check on the situation and he donated $100 million in relief to the city. Copeny uses its platform to raise funds for the community, specifically for the Flint Kids project. It also works with the Hydroviv company to produce water filters that are shipped all over the United States.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg began her activism to help reduce the human environmental impact on the world at the age of 15. She first attracted attention by camping outside the Swedish parliament, demanding that they do something to protect the planet. A young girl with so much determination caught people’s attention. This has led to a global movement challenging world leaders over their lack of action on the climate crisis.

Nadya Okamoto

Nadya Okamoto founded a youth-led non-profit company called PERIOD. PERIOD’s goal is to fight the stigma surrounding female menstruation. Okamoto’s company is breaking the silence to educate people about a natural feature. They have donated feminine products to over three million women in need around the world. They hope to make menstrual products mandatory in schools and remove the luxury tax on the cost of the products.

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize. She received the award for her advocacy for girls’ education at age 17. As part of Yousafzai’s mission to raise awareness about this issue, she endured many burdens and even an assassination attempt. Giving young girls around the world the education they need fosters a society better equipped to succeed. The Malala Fund guarantees that girls will benefit from 12 years of free and safe education.

Marley Diaz

13-year-old Marley Diaz launched her campaign, #1000blackgirlbooks. This campaign started because Diaz wanted to read more books where the main character was African American. Since the first campaign in 2015, more than 13,000 books have been collected. Books are listed in a database by reading level, so people can browse books for recommendations. Diaz wants more diverse representation and she has also written a book.