It’s International Women’s Day – a day when we celebrate women’s achievements. We remember Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earheart, and all the other amazing women in the past that have contributed greatly, in their own way, to society.
We should remember Oprah Winfrey, who delivered a beautiful speech at the Golden Globes this year about being a leader. Let’s not forget Catt Sadler, who was brave enough to reveal that her departure from E! was because of getting lesser income compared to his male co-anchors. Also Jessica Chastain, who tied together her pay with Octavia Spencer so that Octavia could increase her pay five-fold on their upcoming project together.
But today, let’s bring light to these amazing young women in Hollywood who actively influence the youth to start making a difference early. To remind us that even at a young age, we have the ability to speak out and create a ripple effect.
Zendaya, in every appearance that she makes, always has something inspiring to say to the world, and she does it in the most graceful way possible. Her most recent one was at the Oscars, where she presented Keala Settle before her performance of This Is Me from their movie, The Greatest Showman.
Registering to vote is a family affair ❣️ feeling extreme gratitude for all those who came to welcome me into my 18th year by celebrating/registering/dancing ❣️ much love and big thanks to @etucker_pr @queentuckk @wearesoze @chocolatemommyluv @afshinashahidi and the Underground Museum for working time and overtime to put this together -would not have happened without you✨✨✨✨ #18×18 📸@araya_photo
Following Zendaya’s footsteps, the rising star of Grownish, Yara Shahidi is an intellectual spitfire. On her 18th birthday, she celebrated by hosting a ‘voting party’ called “18 by 18,” where she encouraged young people to register to increase voter turnout among the younger generation for the next election.
“Our generation realizes that age has never been a limit in terms of social activity and being able to look back at the civil rights movement… and see that it does not matter how old you are to get engaged,” Yara said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey (via ET.) “If anything, it is so important to make it our mission, especially if you have the privilege to do so, to be socially aware and to help our global community.”
Last night celebrating the new @womensmarch book Together We Rise 🌹all of the proceeds from the book will be split between four organizations- @womensmarch, The Gathering for Justice, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, and Indigenous Women Rise 🌹🌹🌹 I have an essay in the book looking back on when I spoke at the women’s march in 2017, evolving my politics since, and being someone who can’t vote but can still have influence, along with many other incredible pieces by voices I am honored to share space with. Much love to all the @womensmarch organizers, @sarahsophief, and @cindi_leive for constantly creating spaces for intersectional conversation 🌹
Rowan Blanchard is one brave soul who’s never afraid to speak her mind about social injustice, feminism, and politics. We’ve seen her actively speak out on social media and give speeches in Women’s March. Now, after working three years on her book, she finally releases #StillHere.
NYC 🤸♂️tomorrow my project, #StillHere, comes out which blows my mind 😇 I’ve been working on this for three years, put my heart and all of my vulnerability into it, whispered my feelings into a void and hoped that you guys will listen 🏩 tonight, at Barnes & Noble in TriBeCa, at 6 pm, my fairy godmother @elainewelteroth will be interviewing me about the book and I’ll be signing copies as well. I would be so honored if you came! ♥️
This 16-year old Disney star shares her ‘personal scrapbook of the world’ through her book. She describes modern girlhood by sharing poems from her favorite writers, and an intimate reflection on what it means being a teenager in today’s world.
Live from @timesupnow headquarters where we're manning the stations. Wearing black today to stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault and rape, and to demand the end of harassment and marginalization in my industry and across all others. Never before have we come together in this manner to strategize and implement concrete methods that will change the fabric of our industry and ensure the toppling of a power imbalance we have endured for far too long. Honored to have a part in this monumental change and to join all women across Hollywood in saying: #TIMESUP! #whywewearblack
Another young woman on the rise right now is Everything, Everything star, Amandla Stenberg. You’ve probably seen this 19-year old as little Rue in Hunger Games. Now, they’re all grown up and ready to take on the world!
Fun fact: Amandla was up for the role of Shuri (now played by the brilliant Letitia Wright.) But they walked away from the role due to their lighter complexion.
Apparently, Amandla (who identifies as non-binary) had gotten close to booking the role, but they realized that it wasn’t right.
It’s our time to shine. It’s our year. 🔥🌸 #BlackHistoryYear Thank you @teenvogue for everything you do. #Repost @teenvogue ・・・ “I just feel like women should be treated equally, not only in this industry but in all industries, because unfortunately we're not. To be a woman and to be using my voice for Time's Up and just showing the world and telling the world, ‘We are here and we are valuable. And we can do good things and we can be just as great as men.’”— @StormReid talks about representation in Hollwood and what it was like working with @Oprah and @Ava on the set of #AWrinkleInTime as part of #TVYoungHollywood2018. Link in bio for more. 📸: @camilafalquez 👗: @simonerocha_
Storm Reid is the youngest in the list of rising stars that we love this year! Starring in her first major role, the A Wrinkle In Time actress will be the zillennial to look up to. What we see in her is the future of this generation; a young woman who’s socially aware, actively participating, and representing young Hollywood.
In an interview with Teen Vogue, Storm Reid says, “I just feel like women should be treated equally, not only in this industry but in all industries, because unfortunately we’re not. To be a woman and to be using my voice for Time’s Up and just showing the world, ‘We are here and we are valuable. And we can do good things and we can be just as great as men.’”
We can look back to all the women who have inspired us and influenced us to make a significant change. But us zillennials are the ones who will shape tomorrow.
That’s why we should celebrate these young women who use their platform to influence the world into a better place. Did these zillennial celebrities inspire you too? Share this post and let us know who else we should look up to!