News and Politics

 

(Girls on the front lines of change)

 

 
 

 

 

Girls make history. Now, and in the past, girls show us that politics runs much deeper than being a Democrat or a Republican.

It's political to speak up, to support a cause, or to use social media to turn heads or change minds.

Some girls grab headlines. Others don't. But that doesn't mean they don't make history. Just being a girl makes a person political.

The video above explores the unexpected histories of girlhood and looks at how girls have always been political. 

 

Illustration by Krystal Quiles on the March for Our Lives rally in 2018. 

Illustration by Krystal Quiles on the March for Our Lives rally in 2018.

 

Naomi Wadler

Speaking before hundreds of thousands of people can be nerve-racking. But you'd never guess that watching Naomi Wadler. At age 11, she rose to national prominence as a leader in the 2018 March for Our Lives to end gun violence. She remembers becoming politically aware at age 5 when George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American high school student.

Naomi Wadler, March for Our Lives, Washington, D.C., March 24, 2018

Naomi Wadler, March for Our Lives, Washington, D.C., March 24, 2018

Courtesy of Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

My friends and I might still be...in elementary school, but...we know life isn't equal for everyone and we know what is right and wrong. We...stand in the shadow of the Capitol and we know that we have seven short years until we too have the right to vote.

So I am here today to honor the words of Toni Morrison. “If there's a book that you want to read but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.”

—Naomi Wadler, March 24, 2018

Naomi Wadler's Scarf, 2018

Gift of Naomi Wadler and Julie Wadler

Naomi Wadler had one day to write her speech for March for Our Lives. She came home from school on Friday and worked hard until bedtime. Then she had to find something to wear. Nothing seemed right. Her aunt, Leslie Wadler, came to the rescue. She furiously knit a scarf while she watched two movies. The "two-movie scarf" became Naomi Wadler's signature.

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