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Melina is developing new roles and dynamics for young women in the field of technology and science. To do so, she puts young women at the center, as creators of solutions and active changemakers in their communities.
Lumber has developed a technology and process to re-use waste materials from the plastic industry into local economies, with the participation local recyclers and Municipalities. At the same time, he is building the necessary ecosystem, developing new roles and mindset shift for existing players.
Tanin Timtong is changing how math and science are taught in Thai schools because he knows, from personal experience, that education is the best route to a better life. His social business, Learn Education, is producing measurable results and generating new momentum for broader education reform.
Komal is giving students tools to develop science literacy for an increasingly science-focused world. She works to give all students the opportunity to have lab-based science education by developing methods to use cell phones to mimic lab equipment, giving teachers resources to support them and help them to teach science with a focus on developing critical thinking and data analysis skills, and by encouraging municipalities to focus on allocating resources to science education.
Nerea is fighting mental health complications that persist from outdated gender norms and stereotypes by changing the culture that creates them instead of simply addressing the symptoms that appear in individual people. She is challenging these pressures on various fronts: educating girls from a young age, influencing public policy, and demanding higher standards for advertisements portraying women.
Sarah founded the Craftivist Collective to transform the way people think about, engage with, and most importantly do activism. Through her principles of ‘Gentle Protest’, she is inspiring both the most seasoned activists and first-time changemakers. In a unique way, she helps them to redirect their influence and energy into social movements, getting them deeply engaged in issues and on topics that they can help to change.
Brandon Dennison is showing the workforce development sector how they can pioneer new and viable economic markets while at the same time creating direct employment and personal development opportunities for disadvantaged workers, dramatically transforming a stale field and helping whole regions see and seize their potential.
Lam Ho is changing the field of legal aid to make it more accessible and responsive to underserved communities and to strengthen its role as a vehicle for social justice.
Incarcerated women in the US are particularly unwell and routinely denied access to quality healthcare in a system that was designed “by men, for men”. Through Ostara, Erica Gerrity transforms the experience of health education and prison birth and – in so doing – correctional facilities themselves.