The 50 most empowering Nu-Gen activists you need to know about right now

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21 May 2019

International Women's Day came and went but here at GLAMOUR, we want to continue the conversation and celebrate women every damn day. So if you've ever felt like you need a running list of of exceptional feminist icons to lift you up in times of need, you've come to the right place.

In honour of our Activist digital issue starring Millie Bobby Brown, we've profiled 50 incredibly inspiring activists.

1. Temi Mwale, founder of The 4Front Project

This inspiring LSE law graduate balanced her studies with running this project, which aims to tackle youth violence by engaging with the communities that experience it and understanding the conditions that cause it, from systemic racism to impoverished neighborhoods, ignored by the government. She has also been singled out by Stormzy, TED and the MOBO Awards for her award-winning work.

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How do we achieve peace? 💭 • Next week I’ll be leading a panel discussion - we will be thinking about violence in the UK and we will be talking about solutions! 💯 Shout out to @weekdaystores & @nvpfoundation for celebrating the launch of the new #PeaceForce collection by giving us space to have this conversation. RSVP to [email protected] • Film screening & then a panel ft: @temimwale @4frontproject @taliakensit @youthrealities @bcwlindsay @powerthefightuk 🎤 Performance by: @brokenpen 👏🏽

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2. Sandy Abdelrahman, filmmaker and founder of Skaped

Sandy uses her creative talents for good. The young film maker founded Skaped, an enterprise that encourages young people to tackle human rights issues and understand their own rights and voice, through creative workshops and events. They host stunning art exhibitions- with works that put human rights at the forefront – and Sandy’s initiative has recently won the ‘Making it Happen’ award at the East Works Programme.

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Our Founder @Filmistic had delivered her speech on human rights and the young people of the UK and making that change happens. #UN #Skaped

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3. Sonita Alizadeh, human rights activist

The Afghan rapper and human rights activist is an outspoken critic of the system of forced child marriages. She came to global attention when she made a rap video on YouTube back in 2014 called ‘Brides for Sale’ (controversially, while living in Iran where such an action is illegal) as a response to her family’s second attempt to sell her as a bride. Now living in the US where she is currently a student, she was the subject of the 2015 award-winning documentary Sonita.

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همینجوری

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4. Gabby Edlin, period poverty activist and founder of Bloody Good Period

Gabby founded her charity project, which donates sanitary products to refugee centres in London, in 2016 after learning that tampons and pads were classed as an ‘emergency item’ – as opposed to, we dunno, a NECESSARY one. She now has over 70 volunteers at drop-in centres across the UK and is one of the major players tackling period poverty right now.

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Hands on hips = we mean business. Check out @rightsinfo @jemcollins91’s coverage of our #bloodylaundry protest. Link in bio. 📸 Seren Morris

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5. Kuchenga, journalist and trans activist

The writer and activist is a brilliant, and inspiring, voice in the UK trans community who writes stirring polemics on the reality of trans life and can normally be found frolicking with her dog Nene, near her West Country home. She also lobbies for Black Lives Matter and organises a letter-writing project called Bent Bars, which supports LGBTQ prisoners in Britain.

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#blackhair #transisbeautiful #girlslikeus #juicy #transgender

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6. Liv Francis-Cornibert, Kofi Asante, Shiden Tekleand Bel Matos da Costa, founders of Legally Black

This awesome foursome havefounded a powerful campaign tackling the underrepresentation of black people in the media. The teens started in early 2018 by reworking classic British film posters with black characters (Think an all-black Harry Potter line-up). Stay tuned for more of their power moves.

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our beautiful davida and perry!! calling for more varied and complex black characters as well as more black directors and writers to create authentic black narratives in the uk media too! #titanic #blackrepresentationmatters

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7. Poppy Jamie, founder of Happy Not Perfect

TV presenter Poppy founded this mental health and mindfulness app, which responds to your mood and caters over 300 meditations to you, back in 2015 before launching it last May. It's the result of years of scientific research, as well as Poppy’s own interest in wanting to help anxiety sufferers, borne out of her relationship with her mother who is a neurotherapist. Cue a snappy, happy mindful app with real science behind it and a mental-health taboo cracking mantra. Woo and hoo.

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On World Mental Health day (10th October) join me and @happynotperfect next week at @wework in London, we’ll be discussing mental wellbeing in the work place. Listen to some incredible speakers share their advice on working smarter, without the stress - @suzy_ashworth will be there! - it’s an open event, breakfast and breathing all before 10am!! #itsyourmindthatmatters (📸 from my @cosmopolitanuk #burnout article) #happynotperfect - link in bio for info and tickets!

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8. Nonhlanha Makuyana, campaign coach

Noni works organising campaigns for the non-for-profit organisation Positive Money, which aims to help make the economy fairer for all, as well as helping us all understand a bit more about our money. Which is, let’s face it; kinda complicated. She also acts as a campaign coach, volunteering her free time to help young people get involved in activism. Quite literally paying it forward.

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Not sure if u saw my story but check me being a professional woman doing stuff and stuff

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9. Tasnima Uddin, human rights activist and founder of Nijjor Manush

This 22-year-old British Bangladeshi activist has campaigned tirelessly to aid and publicise the plight of the Rohingya refugee crisis – a persecuted minority in Myanmar who began to fled the country in 2015 in boats- with hundreds dying and hundreds of thousands now homed in refugee camps. She works for the human rights organisation Restless Beings but also set up her own independent radical campaigning group, called "Nijjor Manush", that aims to educate, empower and organise Bengalis and Bangladeshis in the UK. This is a girl who has a serious passion for change – and has done the work to prove she’s one to watch.

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We stand in full solidarity with the students and protesters across Bangladesh. #WeWantJustice ❤️

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10. Bryony Gordon, Journalist and mental health activist

She was the UK’s answer to Carrie Bradshaw with her single girl newspaper column, who decided to share her mental health and addiction with the world. It turned her into an activist, determined to help others with similar struggles. She went on to found the @mentalhealthmates collective, a walking group which brings together mental health sufferers, and has written several books on mental health, including her latest release out this year, her first book for teenagers; 'A Mad Girl’s guide to Being You’ as well as hosting her enormously successful podcast Mad World; with guests including actual Prince Harry.

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Mood.

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11. Amelia Viney, founder of The Advocacy Academy

This 31 year-old former Parliamentary Researcher in Westminster founded The Advocacy Academy single-handedly back in 2014 with a handful of teens in a church hall. Today, it's a hugely successful social justice fellowship, based in South London that teaches young people how to be activists.

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12. Joeli Brearley, pregnancy discrimination activist

After getting sacked when she was four months pregnant, Joeli started Pregnant Then Screwed, a campaign for the rights of mothers, which also offers a free legal advice service. The group marched on Westminster on Halloween in 2017, dressed as mummies for the rights of ‘mummies’ (geddit?) and last year, they produced their first motherhood and work festival in Manchester.

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My train leaves at 10am tomorrow, destination Pregnant Then Screwed Live. I have a bag the size of an African elephant to lug from Manchester to Holborn, and currently not a single pair of clean knickers. Who needs knickers when you have 10 clip boards and a handful of high vis jackets? See you in 39 hours everyone. #pregnantthenscrewedlive #pregnantthenscrewed

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13. Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, gun control lobbyists at March For Our Lives

The classmates and survivors of the Parkland High School shooting in Florida in February 2018 have become two of the most prominent voices in the fight for gun control in the US. They helped to organise the March For Our Lives, a mass protest in March 2018 that was, at an estimated turnout of 1.2million - one of the largest protests in US history, and continue to lobby for effective gun control. They are two of the founders of the student-led political action committee for gun control: Never Again, meaning that we have not heard the last of these two young activists.

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Being a runner up for TIME’s Person of the Year truly shows the power that young people possess in the U.S. and around the world. This is just a preview of the changes that will come as the #MarchForOurLives continues.

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14. Ed Winters, vegan campaigner

Ed is a passionate vegan activist; co-founder of Surge, the grassroots animal rights organisation, which created The Official Animal Rights March in 2016, producer of the vegan documentary Land of Hope and Glory AND creator of vast online educational content – which has so far convinced 33,248 to pledge to go vegan. Check out his insta content for truly stirring stuff that will possibly make you re-think that beef burger.

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Happy New Year! I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported my work throughout 2018. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ This year has been a complete whirlwind of experiences and I certainly feel like I’ve changed considerably from the person I was at the start of the year. Everything has been completely non-stop as I went into this year determined to fight harder than ever before. This has been at times challenging but always rewarding. Stopping to reflect on the progress we have all made is something I would like to try and do more in 2019.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ My highlights of 2018 include bringing together 10,000 people for The Official Animal Rights March in London and 28,000 across the world, receiving the news that 33,248 people had signed up to go vegan from my online content - and of course opening the doors of @unitydiner.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ There were many experiences that will stay with me forever. The suffering I saw at farms and slaughterhouses whilst travelling in America and Canada will never really leave my mind. Knowing all of those individuals are now dead and gone leaves a sinking feeling in my stomach that is with me most days. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 2019 will be no different in the sense that I am more determined than ever to continue the fight for a vegan world. I’m excited to announce what’s next, work harder and improve and progress.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Thank you so much as always for all of your on-going support, your kind messages and your encouraging comments. Thank you for believing in me, for sharing my work and for being a part of this journey. This community provides me with so much strength and I can’t wait for what we can all achieve together, united next year. Happy New Year everyone 🎉⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Image: @twskelton

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15. Kate Arnell, TV presenter and environmental activist

An eco-warrior with personality to spare: TV presenter Kate lives a zero-waste life, which she blogs about at eco-boost.co, on her YouTube channel and through her social media. Super friendly, super inspiring, she makes living an uber environmentally-conscious life look easy and achievable.

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Sunday strolls 🍂

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16. Aaron Phillip, model and inclusivity activist

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a toddler, Aaron is Elite Model’s first black, gender fluid and physically disabled model campaigning for inclusivity in the fashion industry – and they’re only 17! This boundary-breaking powerhouse brilliantly launched their own career by posting a pic on social saying, ‘Honestly when I get scouted/discovered by a modeling agency it's OVER for y'all!’ Watch out world.

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hey! so i’ve been thinking tons lately about my identity as a disabled woman and how this plays out in my life and especially my career/the field i work in. as of right now next to my sweetest angel @jillianmercado, i am one of two physically disabled models and people in wheelchairs signed to a major agency in the entire industry. this at times feels like a really heavy cross to bear but it’s also what keeps me motivated and hopeful. i’ve been thinking lots about how my disability affects my career goals and how i intend to pursue them. one of my biggest goals is to become a successful runway model along with everything else i aspire to accomplish. i think it’s necessary to revive the conversation & dialogue of physical accessibility in the fashion industry. a job is a job, and goals are goals. nyfw had come around last september and in a nutshell i was unable to find any work due to inaccessibility problems my lovely team at elite and i had encountered pertaining to the runway- whether it was set design, location or castings. maybe this is me being impatient and ambitious but i don’t want to not be able to work due to things of this nature. accessibility benefits everyone, you really can’t go wrong with it. i also don’t want to be seen as a risky investment or chance to be taken on just because i happen to use a wheelchair and i have needs that may or may not need to be accommodated. everyone is accommodated for one way or another in our little fashion world. accommodations made for disabled folks can only do good. and in my case, you’d never regret it because i can put on a show. nyfw is coming up again this february and i can only hope that me voicing myself leads to us collectively moving forward and making space for disabled folks in major ways within the industry. and i encourage each & every one of you to think critically about what i’m saying because this problem obviously does not just exist in my field of work. much love ❤️

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17. Emily Fazah, female health activist

A personal battle with Severe PMS led Emily to start moodygirl.co.uk, a free online support group that’s “on a mission to get the world talking about PMS & PMDD.” Her insta-feed is full of feel-good, self-affirming mantras and she's branching out into IRL events to bring people together – another step towards the de-stigmatisation of mental health. We’re here for it.

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Symptoms started early this month. As soon as I opened my eyes this morning I could feel the fog looming. I most definitely didn’t wake up feeling like a Warrior. . I don’t know how I did it but I forced myself to get dressed and walk on the beach near where I grew up to breath in the sea air. I read once that breathing the air from your native parts can help depressive episodes. I definitely felt more relaxed and could have kept walking for hours. 🌊🌾🌫 . #moodygirl #pms #pmt #pmdd #period #mentalhealth #girls #women #supportnetwork #depression #anxiety #speakout #talk #sisterhood #mood #moodswings #hormones #moody #sad #emotional #female #pads #tampons #menstruation #seaair #walking

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18. Plunge Theatre, feminist performers and activists at Plunge

This emergent, south-London based theatre trio make feminist productions tackling issues from body positivity and hair removal to equal pay and sexual harassment – placing activism front and centre in their art. The witty trio have made music videos on subjects as divergent as bikini waxes, Piers Morgan and men in ugly footwear, and are currently writing a sitcom.

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Aaaaaaand it's OFFIC🎉 *to Shania Twain beat DA DA DA DA DA DA DA* LET'S GO GURLS (to Ed Fringe.... with our new show 'Clingfilm') ALSO huge shoutout to @tristan_chenais_dop @katie.gabe & @emlondon_ shootin, illustratin & lendin for this shoot ❤ #CLINGFILMTHESHOW . . . . . . . . . . #plungetheatre #plungelife #edinburgh #edfringe #pleasancecourtyard #letsgogurls #femalepower #shaniatwain #photoshoot #womenincomedy #womeninfilm #womenintheatre #getitgirl #yasss #feminism #photooftheday #herewecome #watchout #femaleempowerment #staytuned #comedy #cabaret

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19. Rosie Tressler, mental health advocate and CEO at Student Minds

This young mental health campaigner is now CEO of Student Minds, the UK’s leading student mental health charity. The organisation not only helps students across the UK, it empowers students to help create change in our attitudes to mental health, too. Rosie is a lifelong activist who got heavily involved during her own student days – running for student government and working with her university’s feminist society. In other words, she knows a thing or two about the power of student activism – and the importance of their mental health.

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We all have mental health and our mental wellbeing can fluctuate day to day - what steps can you take to look after yourself today?

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20. Louisa Casson, environmental activist

An oceans campaigner at Greenpeace, Louisa was part of the microbead banning campaign and is at the forefront of environmental activism in this country. Her inspirational stories and reports explain the effects of climate change and the true environmental impact we have every day – so that we all feel clued-up on our relationship with our planet.

Today @Greenpeace told governments that highly protected ocean sanctuaries are crucial to protect marine life, safeguard food security and help tackle climate change in the new Global Ocean Treaty #OneOceanOnePlanet 👏🌏🐳 #BBNJ pic..com/qhAojidYwt

— Louisa Casson (@LouisaCasson) September 7, 2018

21. Ragini, blogger and body positivity activist

Plus-size fashion blogger Ragini is an unapologetic campaigner for body positivity, raising awareness of self-love, plus-size fashion and challenging brands to up their game when it comes to size inclusivity. We love her fabulous style (slightly vintage with a sassy touch) as much as her gives-no-fucks attitude to loving her body.

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I'd been wanting to shoot an idyllic, romantic look in a meadow of tall grass for ever so long, and I'm so glad we snuck this in before summer got over! If you haven't seen the post on the blog yet, there's a #linkinbio! ❣️🍑

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22. Neelam Keshwala, inclusivity and feminist activist

The London-based activist is communications strategist for Girls Not Brides, an international organisation that works to end child marriage across the world, but Neelam has also founded DON’T SLEEP ON US – a networking collective space for those underrepresented in the creative industries. She’s busy making change happen, and we can’t wait to see what she does next.

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“I went to the police station when my parents told me that I am getting married.” 🙋🏾‍♀️ At 14, Mestawet’s parents wanted to marry her off. But Mestawet refused. She learned about child marriage at her school’s girls club in northern Ethiopia. Mestawet knew her rights and had the confidence to seek help from the police station. Now she’s choosing her own future. ✨🙌🏾| 📷: repost from @dfid_uk

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23. Carmel McConnell MBE, Food poverty activist and founder of Magic Breakfast

Carmel founded this inspirational UK based charity back in 2001 and has been awarded an MBE for her services. The organisation’s simple but amazing mission provides a healthy breakfast to over 40,000 school children in the UK growing up in poverty. It is widening its reach every day, as well as awareness for this issue that effects so many children in the UK.

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WHAT A MORNING! Thank you SO much @dishoom for closing ALL your restaurants and hosting 6 of our partner schools for breakfast and a tour of the kitchens. Such an inspiring morning ☀️ We are beyond lucky to be supported by you in every way 🧡 #fuelforlearning #magicbreakfast #fieldtrip

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24. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, environmental activist

This extraordinary American teen has been campaigning against climate change since he was a child, becoming one of 21 plaintiffs suing the US government for failing to act on climate change – back when he was just 15, the same year he gave his first TED talk. The indigenous activist, from Colorado is also a hip-hop artist and the youth director of Earth Guardians, a worldwide conservation organisation and is doing important work to broaden the awareness of environmental issues among younger generations - or at least his 63.5k Instagram followers.

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We can fight like this. Waging love, all 2019. . Foto: @josue_foto

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25. Rochelle Barrett, body positivity activist

An accident as a baby left Rochelle with burns all over her body. After winning Miss Caribbean UK pageant – which she entered to boost her confidence – she founded Miss Unique Beauty UK, a beauty pageant used to create a space, not just for disfigurement survivors, but anyone with visible difference who hasn’t always felt accepted. By confronting her own hang-ups with her body image, she was able to empower others – talk about inspirational.

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Be strong, be confident, be you and don't forget to smile! #cheeeese #justme #sunday #goodmorning #bodypositive #bodyconfidence #confidence #mother #female #empoweringwomen #burns #scars #disfigurement #diversity #melanin

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26. Jaz O’Hara, founder of The Worldwide Tribe

Jaz has been one of the leading female voices in raising awareness of the refugee crisis and has organised countless aid projects, including installing wifi in camps in France and Greece, funding a fire truck in Calais, and supporting a search and rescue operation in the Med. Follow their inspirational blog to hear all their updates – including super accessible ways to get involved – because they truly believe in the power of online activism.

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Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up, when you were little? What was your answer to that question? For me it was always something crazy and impressive like a famous actress or a singer (anyone who has heard me sing will know how jokes this is). But I remember thinking that the possibilities were endless and that I could literally do anything I wanted. Sometimes I wonder at what point in our lives this childhood ambition and confidence goes away? At what point do we start telling ourselves that we have to be ‘realistic’ and we start to settle for less. I’m constantly working hard to unlearn those ideas that my biggest and wildest dreams are just dreams...and get back to that childhood mentality that everything is possible. This can be bloody hard when as well as your own brain, there are lots of outside influences and other people and messages telling you otherwise. So many of the things that I have experienced in the last few years have felt completely unrealistic at times. I’d love us all to work together to remind each other to think BIG and only ever reach for the stars. Lets encourage ourselves and everyone around us to achieve something that might seem unachievable. What’s the worst that can happen? Yes you might try and you might fail, but you will always learn, and this option for me is much less scary than looking back on my life knowing that I didn’t even try. Each and every one of us is special, and destined for a life full of magic. Let’s remember what we wanted for our lives before we felt any fear, and work towards what we were actually put on this earth to do…and that is not chasing someone else’s dream or living inside of your comfort zone… Who knows what world of possibilities is waiting just outside of it! So get out of that comfort zone and tell me about it! I would LOVE to hear any motivational stories any of you would like to share… I know that I for one need to read them, so lets motivate each other!

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27. Melati and Isabel Wijsen, environmentalists at Bye Bye Plastic Bags

These pioneering sisters from Bali have been campaigning to end plastic waste since they were 10 and 11. Five years later, they have succeeded in getting plastic bags banned in their home country. Now they have their sights set on the entirety of Indonesia, which is the second largest plastic polluter in the world after China. The awesome duo have travelled the world giving talks about their initiative, including a speech at the UN.

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The sisters are back together again and rocking the stage at the @ourocean2018 💙

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28. Elyse Fox, writer and mental health activist

Elyse founded @sadgirlsclub to destigmatise depression and mental health issues for women of colour. It organises IRL events across the US like a Sad Girls Running Club and Sad Girls film Club, but has a prolific Instagram and online presence which spreads Elyse’s message of support for all. Keep an eye out for her next project, Sad Boys Club, launching soon.

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Just gimme a coconut 🥥 and a beach chair babe.

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29. Deepica Mutyala, inclusivity beauty activist

American beauty blogger Deepica is behind livetinted.com, a movement that aims to change beauty standards to ensure that women of colour are more than a “diversity ‘check mark.” It is inspired by her own experience of too-frequently being the only brown girl on a shoot. Live Tinted exists as an inclusive beauty community, which intends to start and develop honest conversations about diversity in the beauty industry.

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I’m happy to support brands that are pushing positivity in the beauty space which is why I love the @bareminerals “Power of Good” initiative. It’s all about the small choices we make in our daily life that can make big differences. For this initiative, @bareminerals is asking you to share a person who has been a force of good in your life with the hashtag #GoodThatLasts. Starting tomorrow 1/16 through 1/21 any posts that use #GoodThatLasts, they will donate $10 for the first thousand posts to women’s charities that encourage mentorship, entrepreneurialism and education. For me, a person who has been a force of good & mentor is @payal. She has made me realize the importance of surrounding yourselves with like-minded people that push you to be your best. Excited to see all of your posts 🧡. ⠀ ⠀ Lipstick in picture: the new @bareminerals barePro Longwear Lipstick in the shade Nutmeg (available at @sephora) Super creamy & #cleanbeauty. Win win xx #powerofgood #ad

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30. Pink Protest, activist collective

Founded by Grace Campbell, Alice Skinner and Scarlett Curtis, the Pink Protest is Gen Z activism in its natural habitat: Instagram. Through a potent mix of online and IRL activism, from viral videos to boots-on-the-ground marches, they have proven successful homes for the #FreePeriods and #GirlswankToo campaigns, and they're not going anywhere. Next on the agenda? FGM.

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Visions of tomorrow!! Looking for sign inspo?? Look no further. See you @ 1:30pm outside the BBC on Portland place. ✏️ @thisisaliceskinner

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31. Sadie Sinner, performer and founder of The Cocoa Butter Club

Sadie’s The Cocoa Butter Club is a pioneering organisation, dedicated to showcasing performers of colour that are marginalised; giving them a safe space to perform in venues across the UK. Sadie is herself a performer and is also the entertainment manager for @ukblackpride – one of the UK’s premier celebrations for LGBTQ people of colour.

@cocoabuttershow presents a spirited soiree, showcasing and celebrating a stellar line up of performers of colour! A vibrant take-over of STH on Nov 15; expect high octane, powerful, provocative performances from the award-winning company. Book now: https://t.co/qOA9T6DJcW pic..com/BP61sOto93

— Shoreditch Town Hall (@ShoreditchTH) February 21, 2019

32. Liam Hackett, anti-bullying activist

This young entrepreneur and activist first founded the now global anti-bullying charity @ditchthelabel back in 2007, when he was just 19. It was born out of his experiences of homophobic bullying while at school and now helps thousands of young people around the world.

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Happy Thursday! 😁

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33. Amrou Al Khadi, performer, writer and filmmaker

Amrou is a pioneering drag performer, founder of drag group @denimgirlband and also writes on, and campaigns about LGBTQ issues – particularly as a queer person of colour. They have just made a short film about faith and the non-binary experience and their memoir, Unicorn, is set for release this year.

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Well I am tickled silly and beyond excited to be performing some new material at one of my favourite queer events in London EVER, @theshayshayshow , on the 11th of December in @thegloryldn 😍🦄😍. Shay is one of my queer heroes, and I cannot wait to perform alongside them! Genuinely a dream come truuuu! Working on something glittery and intersectional about being a queer Muslim at Christmas. Get your ticketsssssss for some queer love-in peeps 💋💋💋💋💋💋

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34. Jada Sezer, model, mental health and body positivity activist

The model uses her considerable social media platform (208k and counting) to promote a message of self-love and body acceptance through her unfiltered body snaps and real-talk attitude. She also talks openly about mental health issues, is an ambassador for YoungMinds charity and ran the London marathon in 2018 in her underwear with fellow campaigner Bryony Gordon, to raise money for Heads Together mental health charity: something they will be repeating this year, and we'll be cheering them on.

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If you’re reading this rn, I hope something great happens for you - because you are an empress | all the grecian vibes w/ @ashton.hf.

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35. Amika George, Period poverty activist at Free Periods

From a laptop in her bedroom, this teen activist raised the issue of period poverty to national attention when she tried to raise funds for girls missing school because of period poverty. She started the hashtag #FreePeriods and her (literal) after-school activism spawned a movement celeb-packed (Hi there Daisy Lowe and Adwoa Aboah) protest outside Westminster in December 2017, and the pledging of aid from the UK government. A great result – though the fight goes on.

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#FREEPERIODS

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36. Erika Hart, sex educator and LGTBQ activist

Inspired by her work as am HIV/AIDS volunteer in Ethiopia with the Peace corps, US-based activist Erika works as a sexuality educator and an LGTBTQ activist. She also uses her experience as a cancer survivor to provide representation for those living with double mastectomies, modeling topless on catwalks, magazine covers and social media, as well as on stage in 2017 calling out the Philadelphia women’s march for its lack of diversity, and in the freezing January weather, too. What. A. Woman.

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Hello 130K Boos! and a little blue check that makes it hard for people to impersonate me and means that you are famous on the internet. And then you remind yourself, capitalism is a bitch and looks like a blue check and none of that is connected to reality or the bills you still gotta pay (Thanks @thegranvarones). . . . I’m Ericka Hart (pronouns: she:/they) I identify as many things and you will hear me talk about all of them here, but def if you attend one of my speaking engagements (Spring dates coming soon). But, one identity that I always get questions about is being a non-binary femme. Non binary: preferred umbrella term for all genders other than female/male or woman/man. used as an adjective (e.g. Jesse is a non binary person). Not all non binary people identity as trans and not all trans people identify as non binary. Femme: an identity or presentation that leans towards femininity, not implying that someone identifies as a woman or not. . (Definitions from @transstudent) . . I remember when I got my period at 13 and my mom screamed to all of her colleagues “my daughter is now a woman!” That didn’t make sense to me nor was the connection explained. The reasons given to me about why my body was being sexualized since puberty (black femme chronicles) was that I was “becoming a lady”. The sexualizing and being called a lady made me uncomfortable. I just didn’t have the language that I felt really affirmed my gender. I love to cook, take care of people and be tender/soft and I struggled to be seen in these ways due to the world misgendering me as a “strong black woman”. My bestie said this week “If Black femmes don’t do what others want, they are disposed of” - @jewel_thegem . I feel this deeply and even in the rejection of cis womanhood, I have the experience of my voice/experience being rejected by those that want me to just fill that role. If I’m not being strong and powerful, than what’s her purpose? Being non binary allows me to assert that I am not one thing (none of us are), I get to be the gender expression and identity that’s authentic to me not whats imposed via white supremacy. Thanks for coming to my mini sex ed lesson. Any questions?

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37. Charlie Dark, DJ, creative influencer and youth worker

This East London creative works heavily in community activism, supporting local young people in London and founded the initiative Run Dem Crew; a running crew with a difference, committed to supporting and mentoring young people along with the opportunity to explore London in a safe and supportive way.

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That throw your head back and laugh until the sides of your mouth hurt feeling. That warm glow feeling That wake up in the morning with a zest for life feeling. That bad energy stay far away feeling That can’t believe I get paid to do something I love feeling That life is tough but nothing that a smile can’t fix feeling That feeling...... That feeling...... That feeling....... 📸 @adamcorbettphoto

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38. Tess Holliday, model and body positivity activist

The plus-size American model has made it her life’s mission to promote body diversity and acceptance by unashamedly putting herself front and centre and speaking up on size discrimination. She started the movement @effyourbeautystandards in 2013 to challenge rigid ideas of beauty and to represent different body shapes online. Her controversial UK magazine cover in October last year caused ripples on both sides of the pond, and has risen her profile significantly - leading to more outspoken comments from this activist- like her shaming of all the brands who couldn’t dress her for a recent awards show: “I’m showing up naked if designers don’t step it up.”

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Sunday was #womensequalityday & I’m grateful to not only be my own boss, but to be able to empower a team of women who help me everyday to be the best I can be, and to spread our message of self love. . . I remember the exact moment I decided to make the leap to being self employed. My boss was taking his 3rd vacation that year, and although he’d definitely worked hard - so had I - and I hadn’t been given an opportunity to even have one. . I was privileged to be in a position to make that work - but all of us have the power to change not only our own life, but the lives of women around you. Stand up for the welfare of your fellow women - the immigrants, the LGBT, the people of color. Less than 100 years ago women couldn’t even vote - don’t waste your opportunity to be counted on the right side of history. Outfit is @modcloth 💕✨ 📷 @iloveuhoneybunny Glam @hisvintagetouch @shablamgela #modclothsquad #effyourbeautystandards #ad

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39. Shon Faye, writer, comedian and trans activist

Journalist and stirring LGBTQ activist Shon also presents an online series called Shon This Way; focusing on queer politics and history. She also campaigns for Stonewall and UN women, helping both better communicate with the trans community. Nothing escapes her spot-on commentary - like her most recent viral evisceration of Ed Sheeran’s t-shirt vs. Beyonce’s couture stage outfits on Twitter.

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Just after I took this a woman who I was at primary school with asked to sit next to me on this very full train. I said yes and made eye with her. Nothing. Not a flicker of recognition. But I suppose it’s inconceivable to many people who knew me as a child that I grew up and changed. Let’s face it when she imagines me in her memories she doesn’t imagine me as a blonde adult. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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40. Sascha Camilli, animal rights campaigner

A PETA campaigner who has dedicated most of her life to animal rights; Sascha also founded @VildaMagazine - the first ever vegan publication. She uses her social media, as well as her work at Vilda and PETA, to show how easy being vegan can actually be and, crucially - how stylish too!

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ANNOUNCEMENT: New tour dates added for the vegan fashion talk tour! I will be at @portsmouthuni on 20th February talking about sustainability, the effects of animal skins on our planet 🌎 and the new, innovative and eco-friendly vegan fabrics 🌱 that are winning more fans in the fashion industry. I really look forward to connecting with fashion students who represent the future of the industry and share more info on why we we will soon all be wearing orange silk, coconut wool and pineapple leather! 🍍

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41. Charlie Fogarty, disability rights activist and youth worker

After he was hit by a car in 2012, aged 15, Charlie’s life changed forever. Once a promising footballer on the cusp of a professional career, he spent days in a coma and months in rehabilitation, re-learning how to walk, talk and eat. He is now a motivational speaker and an MBE recipient – one of the youngest ever – thanks to his youth organising work and help with sufferers of brain damage and other disabilities; founding the Solihull Moors FC Disability Open Age football team in his local community, and helping others with his inspirational recovery story.

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So it’s clear to see that I now deliver my speech on the 1st team pitch of the team I’m speaking to... Nah only joking but a great speech to Chesterfield U18’s even if the sun was in our eyes #AnythingisPossible

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42. Cathie Shiels, women’s and abortion rights campaigner

A key member of the #RepealtheEighth movement in Ireland, which successfully campaigned to repeal Irish legislation prohibiting abortion, Cathie is a tireless campaigner. She founded the @FreeSafeLegal abortion rights campaign and is not done yet. Her work on the Repeal movement inspired her to put her protesting into real political action. The result? She's now a candidate for MP in her local area.

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Our day has come! Marching with the Workers' Party at the #votesforrepeal march today in #Dublin #IWD #8thref #repealthe8th #silenagig #easterlily

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43. LevelUp, feminist activist collective

Online-based and emerging with serious womanpower, this feminist community champions true intersectional feminism, as well as taking on everyone from ITV to the tech giant on sexist ads and refusing to combat sexual harassment – specifically training their eye on the UK. They only got started last year, so watch this space.

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The #LetUsEat petition against the “Women Who Eat On Tubes” group has hit 5k!!💜💥 Once it hits 10k, we’ll be asking Facebook for a meeting 😈⚡️⚡️⚡️ THANK you to everyone who has signed, shared and donated! It’s very clear that women have had ENOUGH!!⚡️🔥⚡️mega thanks to @jameelajamilofficial & @i_weigh for supporting us too! If you haven’t yet, click the #linkinbio!! #iweigh

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44. Charlie Craggs, trans activist and author

Doing someone’s nails may not seem like a revolutionary action, but Charlie has made simple moments matter, with @nailitofficial – combating transphobia, one manicure at a time. She also wrote the brilliant and inspirational book ‘To My Trans Sisters’ back in 2018, which celebrates and elevates the trans experience. Charlie continues to write and campaign on vital LGBTQ issues and adds her trademark sass to everything she does.

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This was taken just before my @nailitofficial #clawsoutfortrans petition signing party at @beyondretro , loling so hard at me smiling because I’m a stupid lil bitch (aka a Pisces) who’s about to realise that she cannot cope with throwing physical events and is going to stick to online campaigns in future THANKS TO ALL THE REAL ONES WHO CAME THROUGH THOUGH APPARENTLY THERE WAS A QUEUE ALL UP THE STAIRS TO GET IN AT ONE POINT YOURE ALL GONNA GO TO HEAVEN WHEN YOU DIE ❤️🙏 photo by @__philstocker__ #nailit #nailtransphobia

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45. Carly Jayne Jones, autism activist and filmmaker

What doesn’t Carly do? Actor, activist, writer and autism campaigner, her work began on a local level, by raising money for the Berkshire Autistics Society before making films like The Kindest Label – which featured an 80% autistic cast. She has also spoken in the House of Commons, House of Lords and UN on behalf of autistic women, and has volunteered around the world; receiving an MBE for her incredible work.

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46. Georgie Laming, freelance campaigns consultant

Political campaigning is in Georgie’s blood. She’s been campaigning since she was a teen, working as a city councilor and a Labour organizer for a People’s Vote push. But it’s not just politics that gets her going. ‘I ruthlessly prioritise girl gangs’ she says. Go Georgie.

47. Vicky Spratt, political journalist and housing rights campaigner

Though she wouldn’t call herself an activist, there’s no denying Vicky’s important activism when it comes to housing rights. She successfully campaigned to get letting fees banned in the UK, as part of her #MakeRentingFair campaign and her journalism frequently shines an important light on the inequalities of housing in the UK. In fact, she’s writing it all down for her new book TENANTS, out later this year.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about fear and confidence recently. Two sides of the same coin as the excellent @annacod pointed out. In another chat about imposter syndrome, my brilliant friend @meghamohanpix told me to name the voice in my head that tells me I can’t do certain things. In the first picture, taken in 2016, I was really fed up at feeling constantly mugged off by a housing market that felt exploitative. Working but spending all my money on rent. I felt powerless and also quite disillusioned with journalism generally after years working in TV news and trying to pitch stories about renting and being told they weren’t interesting by older editors who owned homes. Then the #makerentingfair campaign happened (because of the most supportive editor in the world @rebecca_holman and @laurenholleyoake ) and the second picture is me speaking on a panel at Conservative Party Conference with the (then) Minister for Housing and the head of the Local Government Association trying to convince a centre-right audience that renters’ rights mattered. I felt so out of my depth. A man in the front row literally laughed every time I spoke. I kept talking. Now, because of that, a bill has been passed which will help MILLIONS of people and save thousands and thousands of pounds. Do the things you’re afraid of, name the nagging voice at the back of your mind that tells you to be quieter and smaller...then...tell her to piss off. 🏡🏡🏡🏡

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48. Jeremiah Emmanuel, youth worker and activist

A Cadet Colour Sergeant in the Army Cadet Force, Jeremiah was awarded a British Empire Medal for his services to young people and the community in London. He’s a life-long activist, who started when he was a child - even serving as the Deputy Youth Mayor of Lambeth. In 2013, he founded One Big Community (1BC) which gives young people the chance to engage directly with decision makers and propose their own solutions.

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Brought back loads of memories going back to my old school today. It instantly reminded me of the fun times we had and the tough experiences we went through. Thank you to @haylsmule, @lordmayersvisuals, and @abbioakley for joining me and sharing your stories. It’s all about inspiring a generation, they need to see role models and figure heads to keep them going! Was reminded today about the importance of giving back by a big brother and mentor Maduka Okeke, he’s the man behind @conciliumsearch and has a similar story to myself. From growing up in South London to running a multi million pound company in the City he embodies everything we are trying to show these youngsters! Day 2 @inspiremnl 📸 @dani_cxrrxllx #inspire #bigchange

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49. Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, tech diversity advocate and founder of the STEMETTES

We all know we need to get more girls into STEM - that’s science, tech, engineering and maths - but maybe no one knows this more than Anne-Marie. She's a tech whizz, motivational speaker and co-founder of the remarkable initiative Stemettes, dedicated to getting more girls involved. Don’t just take our word for it: let year, she received an MBA and Woman of the Year Award for her inspiring work.

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Today, at work. On stage at #ICELondon #ICEVOX, encouraging Gaming CEOs to get all aboard the #STEAM train. Today's joke was about trains on the Steam platform versus the other definitions of STEAM. Again, you had to be there. . . . #keynotespeaker #speaker #gaming #b2b #womeninbusiness #femaleentrepreneur #womenintech #womeninstem #STEM #publicspeaking #publicspeaker 📸 Jari Vahanen/Twitter

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50. Rebecca Bunce, disability and women’s rights campaigner, founder of IC Change

You know you’ve made it when you get personal praise from Barack Obama. Yeah, that one. Rebecca got just that, as she was namechecked by Obama - and then received a phone call from the White House - all as part of her amazing work as the founder of IC-Change, which aims to get significant legislation in the UK which would protect women from violence.

'FORWARD welcomes the fact that the Convention has a robust monitoring mechanism to ensure its full implementation and that it recognises violence against women and girls as human rights violation.' Thanks @FORWARDUK #16Days #EndGBV pic..com/8qpecE3xvX

— IC Change (@ICChangeUK) December 7, 2017