When there are so many things wrong in the world (like this, this, or this), it’s nice when you come across some good news. Take for example the following 10 girls who are shattering gender stereotypes and doing some amazing things, like discovering dinosaur remains, bench pressing 240 pounds or starting their own businesses.
Prepare to be amazed!
1. Speed Reader
When was the last time you read a book? How about 300 books?
Well 12-year-old Neveah Mosher from the South Bronx challenges herself to read 300 books every year. Last year she read 325 “thick chapter books.”
“To be able to read is the most wonderful thing ever,” says Neveah. “When you are reading it’s like you are in another world and you are seeing something from someone else’s eyes.”
Neveah hopes to be the first in her family to go to college.
“The most important thing that I need to do to accomplish my dreams is to get to college…I believe I can accomplish anything as long as I believe I can do it.”
For a girl so young, Neveah is wise beyond her years. Maybe it’s all that reading.
Take a look at Neveah’s story below:
2. Future Paleontologist
When 5-year-old Daisy Morris went on vacation with her family, she came across the discovery of a lifetime. On a walk on Isle of Wight beach, the young girl found the remains of a fossil that was discovered to be a new specimen of dinosaur species. When it came time to name the dinosaur, scientists decided on Vectidraco Daisymorrisae in honor of its young founder.
Since her grand discovery, Daisy has become fascinated by science, a discipline often hailed more suitable for boys. She has a large collection of fossils and relics, making her bedroom more of a museum of sorts. Her parents are very proud of their daughter and encourage her to pursue her love of science.
3. Chess Prodigy
Sixteen-year-old Phiona Mutes is from one of the poorest cities in the world: Katwe, Uganda. Her father died of AIDS when she was only 3-years-old, and her mother cannot read or write. Finding food to survive was a daily struggle, until a program to teach kids how to play chess saved her life.
Phiona would walk four miles a day to practice chess and get the bowl of porridge that accompanied her lessons. It quickly became clear that she had a knack for the game and eventually became her country’s chess champion, competing in international tournaments despite criticism that chess was a “white man’s game.” To learn more about Phiona’s extraordinary story, pick up a copy of “The Queen of Katwe,” which will soon make it to the big screen in a Disney production.
Maryana Naumova is a very strong 13-year-old girl. In fact, just last year she became the youngest girl ever to bench press 154 pounds. This year she broke her record by lifting 220 pounds, followed by 230 pounds and finally finishing at 240 pounds.
Check out a video of Maryana doing her thing at the Arnold Classic Bodybuilding competition.
5. Football Star
When 11-year-old Caroline Pla was prohibited from playing football with the boys in her city’s Roman Catholic youth league, thousands upon thousands came to rally on her behalf. She even appeared on the show “Ellen.” The Archdiocese of Philadelphia must have felt the pressure because it eventually reversed its decision.
Caroline was thrilled, as were her parents. Her mother said the following about the decision: “For Caroline, this was never about just her, but about all girls who want to play the sports they love. It was about allowing kids like Caroline the opportunity to grow physically and spiritually.”
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