Millennials sometimes get a bad rep. They’re often referred to as the selfish and lazy generation. But studies show it’s the most open-minded, inspired and creative generation to date. Millennials want to work together, want to change the world and lead by example. These five amazing women are shaping and changing the world all before turning thirty.
As young, strong women, these millennials are educators, tend-setters, inspirations and leaders. They are out proving to the world that young women can be a force to be reckoned with. They are the change they want to see in the world. These women are inspiring further education of girls, better quality food for developing nations, and the development of medical technologies.
5 Millennials Changing the World
- Shiza Shahid. As mentor and co-founder of the Malala Fund with Malala Yousafzai, this 25 year old has fought the last couple years for educational rights throughout the world. Shahid grew up in Islamabad and has been an activist from an early age. At 14, she worked in female prisons volunteering with non-government organizations to provide them female doctors. When her best friend was killed in the 2005 Pakistani earthquake, she volunteered in a camp for displaced refugees. Shahid received a scholarship to Stanford University in California at 18. While a student, Shahid saw a youtube video of Malala and got in contact. When Malala was hospitalized for an attempted assassination in 2012, she flew from Dubai, where she was working at the time, to Malala’s hospital in England. Since then, Shahid has co-founded and managed the Malala fund for the still-young Malala in order to help women get education around the world. The Malala Fund seeks to establish worldwide educations of women and girls.
- Divya Nag. Divya is founder of StartX Med and Stem Cell Theranostics. As a freshman at Stanford University, Divya led novel stem cell therapy research projects for the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. She started Stem Cell Theranostics, a drug screening company that uses disease-specific heart cells from human skin. While a student at Stanford, Nag realized that due to a lack of education for scientists in entrepreneurship, most cutting-edge medical technologies were not leaving universities. To combat this, Nag founded the first non-profit medical entrepreneurship program at Stanford scientists, StartX Med. Since then StartX Med has supported more than 30 healthcare technologies. She is also one of the inaugural recipients of the Mic 50 Award which recognizes millennial leaders shaping the future.
- Karlie Kloss. She might be a supermodel, but Kloss is also passionate about healthy food choices and feeding those less fortunate. With Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City, Kloss has designed vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free Kookies. Proceeding go to the FEED Campaign, founded in 2007 to give children in developing countries free, nutritious school lunches. For each product bought through FEED, a specific number of meals are provided to children in developing nations. Kloss, along with FEED, has spoken passionately on the importance of a healthy meal to girls living below the poverty line.
- Kristen Titus. Titus helped launch Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit working to eliminate the gender gap in engineering and technology. She is also the Founding Director of New York City’s Tech Talent Pipeline, a support for the growth of the tech sector and getting different groups of the tech industry together. Titus is the former Managing Director of Jumo.com, a social network for the social sector she helped launch in 2010. Titus is also on the Board of Refugees United and Doc2Dock, CODE2040 and many other organizations.
- Tammy Tibbetts. By the time she turns 30 this year, Tammy Tibbetts will have done incredible things for girls. She has dedicated her career to providing education for girls around the world. Tibbetts founded She’s the First in 2009, a nonprofit hoping to provide secondary education to girls in developing countries, specifically girls who would be the first in their families to finish secondary education. Tibbetts founded She’s the First through a reporting assigning about first-generation college graduates while pursuing her B.A. in Journalism at The College of New Jersey. Upon moving to New York City and while web editor at Heart Magazines Digital Media and Seventeen.com‘s first-ever Social Media Editor, Tibbetts decided to put her passion into practice. In 2009, she launched She’s the First as a YouTube video campaign. Tibbetts believes Millenials and students have the ability to end global poverty through small contributions. She’s the First now offers more than 700 scholarships in 10 separate countries.
Keep An Eye Out for the Next Generation:
- Mikaila Ulmer. This little girl is changing the way we see lemonade. Mikaila created BeeSweet Lemonade with her great-grandmother’s recipe, sweetened with local honey. Her lemonade won her $60,000 on Shark Tank and is sold at Whole Foods. A large percentage of profits go to saving bees. Mikaila first created the lemonade for the Austin Lemonade Day using a cookbook from the 1940s her grandmother sent her. After being stung by two bees, Mikaila became interested in bees and wanted to do something to save them. Her motto: Buy a bottle…save a bee. Aside from Whole Foods, you can find Mikaila’s honey at restaurants and food delivery companies nationwide.