1. Amy Poehler, comedic genius and co-founder of Smart Girls at the Party
2. DJ Beverly Bond, hard rocker and founder of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! fosters self-respect through participation in the arts for young black women, as well as teaching them to analyze and think critically about the portrayal of black women in media today.
3. Oprah Winfrey, visionary and founder of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls
The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls was founded in South Africa to nurture young girls with the potential to enact positive and substantial change in their communities and who can inspire and support the next generation of leaders.
4. Sheryl Sandberg, tech titan and founder of Lean In
Lean In is an organization devoted to helping women “believe in themselves, pursue any goal, and take a seat at any table.” Recently, Lean In paired with Getty Images to provide a collection of stock images that offer a more balanced view of women, girls, families, and modern workplaces. One image from the collection can be seen above on the right.
5. Selena Gomez, pop star-slash-actress and UNICEF ambassador
UNICEF is focused on reaching the day when all children have access to food, clean water, immunizations, education, and emergency aid. Selena Gomez was named the youngest ever UNICEF ambassador.
6. Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code strives to create “gender parity in computing fields,” and it offers immersive summer programs to endow young women with the skills and connections to make it happen.
7. Billie Jean King, living tennis legend and founder of Women’s Sports Foundation
Women’s Sports Foundation was created to advance “the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.”
8. Tavi Gevinson, teen wunderkind and editor-in-chief of Rookie
Rookie is a blog that promotes women writers of all ages making content that is body-positive, female-positive, human decency-positive, and generally really cool.
9. Judy Vredenburgh, president and CEO of Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. is a decades-old organization with many branches. Some of its aims are to create educational and enriching after-school programs for girls in low-income areas, fund advocacy programs to educate policy makers about the needs of females in their districts, and run a scholarship program that has been supporting female education since 1945.
10. Rosario Dawson, amazing actress and member of the board of The Lower East Side Girls Club
The Lower East Side Girls Club was founded in 1996 in response to a boy’s club that refused to allow girls. It’s been providing enrichment programs to young girls in New York ever since!