In light of my last post I really just wanted to make my own list of influential and powerful people, including all races, wealths and genders, here are some people I think everyone should know about and everyone should celebrate!
This woman is incredible, she is just 20 years old yet she has probably seen more challenges, fought more battles and achieved more than any of us will in our lifetimes. From an early age she fought against the Taliban in her home country of Pakistan and campaigned for the education of women. At the age of 15 she was shot in the face by a Taliban gunman, she survived and has since gone on to carry on her campaign for rights for women all over the world, making sure they get the education they deserve. Not only that she also managed to ace her exams and studies at Harvard, oh and she was the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 in 2014!
Being born a black male and gay in America, DeRay already had the odds stackedagainst himgrowing up, he fought against all those social injustices and has become a real inspiration to a lot of people. He is a civil rights activist, being a supporter of the black lives matter movement and utilising social media to get his message out effectively to young people all around America. His work has seen him meet with people such as Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and US Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Now I couldn’t do a list like this without mentioning Ellen, not only does she make people laugh, she is actually one of the most charitable celebrities going. Not only has she raised hundreds of millions of dollars for charity through her show and her audience, she also gives up her own buck and donates a portion of her salary to charities and funds all over the world. When a disaster hits, she will without a doubt be helping in one way or another. Ellen, being gay herself, is a huge activist for LGBT rights, through her audience of millions she adresses poignant issues and tries to make the world a better place.
Coming from humble beginnings, Jamal has single-handedly turned himself into a social media millionaire. After starting his youtube channel SBTV when he was 15, the channel grew to levels he could’ve never imagined, through hard work and passion he became a self-made millionaire by the time he was 22. Jamal even caught the eye of billionaire Richard Branson and a best new start up award from Virgin Media. Now he is well established in the game, he uses his influence to encourage young people to start their own businesses and to stay in school.
We all know Hermione Granger and the lady behind the character, Emma Watson, having grown up in the spotlight things could’ve gone a very different way, yet she has chosen to use her fame, her voice, her influence for good. In 2014 she was appointed as a UN women goodwill ambassador, she spends her time campaigning for women rights, especially for the right to education for women in less developed countries such as Bangladesh and Zambia. Even with her busy schedule she managed to graduate from Brown University, with a bachelors degree in English Literature.
Lebang Nong is the Founder and Chairperson of Katleho Pele Education, an
NPO which he founded in 2006 and also a founding member of the Soweto Hub. He is passionate about leading and creating opportunities for young people throughout South Africa. In 2013 he was listed as part of the Brightest Young Minds in South Africa, being so passionate about Youth Development and Education. During the period of 2014/15 Mr Lebang Nong served as the Chairperson for the Wits Education Students Council. In 2015 he was one of the two candidates who was chosen to represent South Africa in the United States of America.
Jessica Gallagher’s is a story of amazing strength and resillience. She’s a legally blind alpine skier; track and field athlete; and tandem cyclist, as well as Australia’s first female winter Paralympic medallist. Jessica is all about changing the way the world sees people with blindness or vision impairment, and what they are capable of. Not bad for someone who was told they’d never qualify for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics as a skier.
Sarah is leading the way in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for women, she is the co-founder of the ‘Girl Geek Academy”, which encourages girls to adventure into the careers that are often thought as ‘just for men’. The academy is a global movement to help women build apps and create start-ups, helping women all over the world discover their place in this area of work.