Hey ladies! We’re still rolling in Women’s History Month and we’re paying homage to three beautiful, bold, woke young women who speak out on issues that affect women across the globe. These super women exude #blackgirlmagic + girl power and use their platforms as artists for activism and humanitarianism – to uplift, inspire, and unite.
Young actress Yara Shahidi, best known for her role as Zoey on the popular sitcom Black-ish, is one of the leading young ladies advocating for women. At age 17, Yara has taken to stages with former First Lady Michelle Obama, has been a panelist at the Women in the World Summit, a featured speaker at The Spirit of Art & Activism, and so much more. With an ‘obligation to representation’, she strives to disrupt, remold and create. While Yara desires to see a change when it comes to media representation, she also wants to understand the patterns of the world’s societal behavior by going to college to study Sociology. Yara recently won the Generation Next Award at the Black Women in Hollywood Awards.
Amandla, actress and proud activist, passionately fights for women’s rights and social equality. She considers activism not just as organizing and rallying, but also as a form of self acceptance; partly due to the lack of women of color being represented in the media. Amandla often shares how authenticity is the core for who she as an activist; with being true to herself. Without authenticity, she believes she wouldn’t be able to do anything else. The 19 year old teen unapologetically speaks her mind about what matters to her and does not shy away from touching on the saturation of cultural appropriation today. Back in 2015, Amandla was named the Feminist of the Year by the Ms. Foundation for Women.
As a proud feminist, Zendaya, has a history of empowering young girls like herself and women to celebrate their individuality. Zendaya shared that a feminist is a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. “It’s equality, it’s fairness, …”. Just at 20, the actress is changing the way some look at the word “feminist”. For her, feminism is about being strong and independent; really going for your dreams and not letting anyone stop you. Zendaya was named one of the most influential teens of 2015 by Time magazine.
All three ladies were present at the epic Women’s March on Washington this past January and will continue to make change and fight for women’s rights as human rights as they continue to grow into their womanhood. Keep up the amazing job ladies!