In honor of Women’s History Month, we wanted to honor the up-and-comers we’ll thank for years to come. You might not be familiar with them yet, but memorize their names right now. In a couple of years, they’ll be as recognizable as Beyoncé.
+ Emily Graslie
With a job title like chief curiosity correspondent, how could we not put Emily Graslie on this list? Graslie’s rise to Internet popularity came about after starring in a Vlogbrothers video in which she showed Hank Green some specimens in a lab. After seeing what a natural she was in front of the camera, Graslie was offered her own show. She now works out of the Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, where she films for the popular YouTube channel The Brain Scoop.
+ Miki Agrawal, Antonia Dunbar & Radha Agrawal
When you buy a pair of their beautiful, leak-resistant undies, you’re sending 7 pairs to a girl in need! This means you’re helping one of the 67 million girls in Africa and other parts of the world who are without basic sanitary needs. Instead of staying home when they get their periods, they’ll be able to go to school, which will keep them from dropping out!
+ Laci Green
It’s no secret that we’re positively in love with YouTuber Laci Green. Whether she’s posting about a Selfie Revolution or the latest tips on how to have the best — and safest! — sex ever, we can’t get enough of her Sex+ YouTube Channel.
If you have any questions about sex, and we mean anything, Laci is your go-to girl! Here’s hoping girls young and old learn from Green’s frank and positive approach to sexuality for years to come.
+ Ann Makosinki
Flash-forward two years and Makosinki has already scooped up $25,000 from winning her age group in Google’s 2013 Science Fair. She’s still working to improve her design, but she’s more concerned with helping others than turning a crazy profit. We can’t wait to see how many millions of lives Makosinki changes in the future!
+ Julia Bluhm
After receiving more than 80,000 signatures, Bluhm flew to New York to meet with the editor of the magazine, who agreed to “not alter the body size or face shape of the girls and models in the magazine and to feature a diverse range of beauty in its pages.” There’s still so much to be done regarding women in the media, but with young girls like Bluhm stepping up to call out magazines, we’re hopeful things will change quickly.
+ Debbie Sterling
Sterling, herself a Stanford-educated engineer, shows no signs of slowing down. Her products, girls’ construction and storybook toys, are now among some of the top-selling toys on Amazon. We wonder how many future Ann Makosinkis are playing with GoldieBlox right now!
+ Alexa von Tobel
Don’t know anything about financial planning? That’s not a problem! LearnVest will partner you with a certified financial planner who will work with you through the company’s seven-step program.
+ Brittany Wenger
But that’s just in 2012. Only a year later, she developed a program to detect leukemia. Want to know more about this life-saving innovator? She’s given inspiring talks and interviews. Read up and see why Time magazine named her one of the 30 people under 30 Changing the World.
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