Meet our Trailblazers

Frida Kahlo

"I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better."

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo might be considered the original “Queen of the Selfie.” She’s famous for her self-portraits full of bright colors, bold patterns, and unique symbols. Frida faced many ups and downs in her life, but she never let them stop her from embracing her CREATIVITY and expressing herself.

As a girl, Frida loved to draw and paint. Her father was a professional photographer and encouraged her to pursue art. In school she also studied medicine. She dreamed of becoming a doctor and being able to heal people’s pain...

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Amanda Gorman

"The only approval you need is your own."

Poet Amanda Gorman believes words are powerful. She isn’t afraid to use her talent to call out injustice and fight for what she believes is right. 

When she was young, Amanda had a speech impediment. But instead of letting it hold her back, it helped her CLIMB to new heights with her reading and writing skills. She fell in love with poetry at an early age when she realized how words can affect people emotionally. She wrote throughout her childhood and at age 16, Amanda was named the Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles...

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Greta Thunberg

"I have learned you are never too small to make a difference."

At 16 years old, Greta Thunberg gave a tearful and impassioned speech to world leaders. “How dare you?” she asked. She stood in front of the United Nations and accused these powerful people of stealing her dreams and her childhood. 

Greta CARES deeply about our planet and all the creatures who call it home. She first became aware of the climate crisis at age 11, when a teacher showed a video about the critical situation to her class in school. It went straight to her heart. She had trouble eating and became extremely sad. Greta only began to feel better once her family made changes at home...

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Amelia Earhart

"Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done."

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. She was also the first person to fly by herself from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland. Long before she ever took flight, Amelia wasn’t afraid to dream big. She SOARED to new heights as a girl and as a pilot.

Growing up in Kansas she wasn’t into the usual girly stuff. She played basketball, studied auto repair, and was never afraid to take a risk. Flying first caught her attention during World War I. Amelia worked as a nurse’s aid and would watch pilots training in a nearby airfield. She took her first flight as a passenger soon after the war — and she was hooked...

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Maria Montessori

"The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.”

Educational trailblazer Maria Montessori was born in a small town in Italy in 1870. As a young girl, she was an avid reader and an excellent student, but she was bored in school. So she created games and puzzles that made learning fun. She wanted to study science, but in those days only boys were taught those subjects. But she didn’t let that stop her! At age 13 she enrolled in an all-boys technical institute to study engineering. 

Maria ultimately became the first woman in Italy to go to medical school. After graduation, she got a job as an assistant doctor at a mental health clinic...

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Maya Angelou

"If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be."

Dr. Maya Angelou was a poet, writer, and civil rights activist. Throughout her life, she used the power of her voice to fight for the things she believed in. After a personal tragedy in her childhood, she didn’t SPEAK for five years. Between the ages of 8 and 13, she was completely mute. During this time she read every book she could get her hands on. This silent period in her life is what allowed her to realize her potential as a writer and poet. A family friend inspired her to SPEAK again, insisting that poetry must be read aloud to truly appreciate it...

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