Young people have always stood at the forefront of major change—and was no exception. From gun control to climate change to tech and science to sports to fashion to beauty, young women, girls, and femmes are leading the charge in innovative, exciting, and ambitious ways. In the face of what can often feel like hopeless times, these changemakers have been a beacon of light, a moment of hope, and a path forward. Regardless of the fanfare, or celebrity it earns them, they continue to do the work to change the world around them, to reach their goals and live their dreams. Eighteen-year-old Edna Chavez powerfully spoke on the steps of the capital about the ways gun violence has torn apart her family and her community. There is also actress Josie Totah, 17, who bravely came forward as trans and history-making year-old speed skater Maame Biney.
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The midterm elections gave us a historic moment as women won in record-breaking numbers. Now, the Congressional wins that propelled those numbers past old records are coming to fruition as the th Congress is sworn in today, January 3. This could mean many things for a governing body famous for a white man beating another white man with a cane , but my greatest hope is that it means Congress will never be the same. Central to this historic success is a crop of young women of color who have been prominently featured in media coverage of the new Congress, perhaps most splashily and recently by Vanity Fair. More importantly, thousands of young women around the country may finally see themselves reflected in their representatives, even if, according to NPR , only about one in four members of the new Congress are women.
An inability to understand that attention, when mixed with anxiety and issues around body image and self-esteem can make life difficult for teen daughters. So parents need to prepare their daughters for the transition into, sometimes sudden, visibility. But how is a parent supposed to broach the topic of teen sex with their daughters? And when should they start? Even as children, kids receive constant messaging about how they are valued through product advertising, movies, books and more.