Posted Jami Bunton on 10/10/2016 |Remarkable! People
October 11 marks the fifth International Day of the Girl Child, a day that focuses attention on girls’ challenges and triumphs. In December 2011, the United Nations designated this day to bring attention to girls’ rights and the issues that face girls around the world. At Girls on the Run, we strive to present positive role models to girls to show girls how they can boldly pursue their dreams.
At just 11 years old, Mikaila is an experienced business woman. She’s the founder of Me & the Bees Lemonade, which she started in 2009. Her journey starts with a bee sting – two, actually! Although she was afraid of bees, her mother encouraged her to turn the situation around and learn more about them. Her research ignited a desire to help bees after learning how they benefit the ecosystem and about the negative impact that pesticides have had on bee populations. Using her great-grandmother’s flaxseed lemonade recipe, which she sweetened with local honey, she began to sell her lemonade and donate a portion of the profits to organizations with the mission of saving honeybees. The lemonade is now sold in select Whole Foods stores and Mikaila speaks at entrepreneurship panels and educates others about bees. She proves that passion and success have no age restrictions!
Nicole developed an early-stage HIV test for a regional science competition in Canada when she was 15 years old. Using a pinprick of blood, the test analyzes the blood to determine if someone is infected with HIV. Nicole earned first place at the competition and went on to receive the Young Scientist Award at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Girls can change the landscape in any field!
Anaya Lee Willabus
Anaya Lee’s love for books began at a young age after she started reading at two years old. Last year, she became the youngest published chapter book author in the United States with the book The Day Mohan Found His Confidence. Her book tells the story of the various challenges a boy named Mohan faces and how he overcomes them.
Yusra made headlines as the Syrian refugee who helped save a boat full of refugees from sinking in the Mediterranean Sea. With her sister, Yusra swam for more than three hours to take the boat and its passengers to safety. In August, she competed in the Rio Olympics as part of the first refugee team. Yursa continues her training in Berlin, where she lives and uses her platform to speak for refugees in hopes to empower them.
Chloe is another inspiring young athlete. In 2015, she became the youngest athlete to win a gold medal at the X Games, where she competed in women’s snowboarding. She won gold again at the 2016 X Games, defending her title and claiming the honor of being the first athlete under 16 to win two gold medals in the X Games. She teaches us to dream big because her next goal is the Winter Olympics!
Malala was targeted and attacked by the Taliban for speaking out about girls’ right to get an education. Even in the face of dangerous opposition, she did not give up. She became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2015 at age 17 and continues to inspire us as she advocates for girls’ education.