Girls name the 10 most inspiring young women on International Women's Day

8 March 2016

Over 1,000 young members of Girlguiding have voted for the 10 young women, aged 25 and under, who most inspire them

The poll was held to mark International Women’s Day and celebrate inspiring, game-changing young women who are standing up to change the world for girls everywhere.

This year, Girlguiding is celebrating 100 years of its oldest section - The Senior Section -  empowering girls and young women aged 14 to 25.

The 10 young women chosen by our members are:

  • Amandla Stenberg, 17 - American actor who speaks out on issues including feminism and race. She is best known for playing Rue in the Hunger Games film series.
  • Emma Watson, 25 -  British actor who launched gender equality campaign  HeforShe as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador
  • Fahma Mohamed, 19 - campaigner for gender equality and an end to violence against girls and young women.
  • Hannah Cockroft, 23 - British Paralympic athlete who won two gold medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
  • Katarina Johnson-Thompson, 23 - British Olympic heptathlete who holds the British record for high jump and indoor long jump.
  • Maisie Williams, 18 - British actor and ambassador for the Always #LikeAGirl ad campaign which dispels negative stereotypes around the phrase 'like a girl’
  • Malala Yousafzai, 18 - human rights activist from Pakistan who campaigns for girls’ right to education
  • Mhairi Black, 21 - youngest MP elected to the House of Commons in almost 200 years.
  • Tashi and Nungshi Malik, 23 - twin sisters and record breaking mountaineers.
  • Yeonmi Park, 19-  North Korean human rights activistwho campaigns for victims of human trafficking.
From politics and advocacy to sport and adventure, these young women come from many different spheres, but they all have one thing in common - their actions are changing the world for girls. They each inspire in different ways – from having the self-belief, determination and focus to achieve their goals or the courage to speak out for change. They prove that girls can do anything and together they’re making the world a fairer and better place for all of us - Girlguiding’s Advocate youth panel, aged 14 to 25

Over 1,000 members of Girlguiding’s Senior Section –young women aged 14 to 25 – took part in the special poll, commissioned by Girlguiding to celebrate International Women’s Day and mark 100 years of The Senior Section.

Girlguiding’s Chief Guide Gill Slocombe said: 'Young women need a diverse range of inspiring figures in their lives - they show girls that nothing is beyond their reach, and that women have a place in every field.

'At Girlguiding we know girls can do anything – that’s why we offer young women such a hugely varied programme of activities – from orienteering and abseiling to computer coding, science investigation and circus skills. We support girls to be anything they want and reach their potential!'

Open to all girls and young women aged 14 to 25, Girlguiding’s Senior Section offers a host of amazing opportunities to older girls in guiding – from international travel and adventure to advocacy and leadership skills.

Over the past 100 years, Senior Section members have witnessed the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, swum the Channel, attended the UN Convention on the Status of Women, and represented Great Britain at the Olympics.

To mark 100 years, young women aged 14 to 25 are leading a host of UK-wide celebrations and activities from mountain marathons in Scotland to a campaigning and advocacy festival in London.

These girl-led events will invite girls to step out of their comfort zone and take on a new adventure.