"You shouldn't really care what other people think - all that matters is what you think about yourself."
This International Women’s Day we were delighted to partner with Rebel Girls and other women-owned businesses (Mio Gelato, Verde Alternatives, and Cher Mere) in Downtown Kingston to present a Rebel Girls Award.
We asked our community members to nominate girls in our community who have challenged perspective, induced thought, and prompted action. We had many young women between the ages 5-13 nominated by different community members to recognize their exceptional characteristics and achievements. All nominees received a Rebel Girls Pack, which includes a colouring book featuring 12 inspiring portraits of women from the Rebel Girls books, temporary tattoos and a poster.
Runner up recognition and co-recipients of the Rebel Girls Award were Margaret T., Giuliana M., Maddie L., and Maggie D.
Our Grand Prize Winner is Zoe D!
Nominated by her mother, Zoe is described as “an independent, creative spirit, and a passionate feminist.”
At age 11, Zoe promotes a world in which any person, boy or girl, young or old, can dress and style themselves however they wish without judgment. She is a fabulous cartoon artist, who invents diverse and strong heroines with powers. She also does pottery, silversmithing, and sewing, and, armed with a glue gun and the contents of the recycling box, can make anything from accessories to miniature worlds.
Zoe’s mother wrote, “A couple of years ago, when she decided to be the only girl in her entire school (JK-8th grade) to have her hair in a short pixie cut, people said she looked like a boy, and some teachers even mistook her for a boy, but Zoe has decided to keep her hair short, because she likes have a distinctive image”.
We were able to spend some time with Zoe and ask her some questions about herself and her world.
What inspired you to cut your hair short?
Zoe: I like to be different and for people to notice that.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Zoe: Something to do with theatre like a set designer.
Who are your biggest influences?
Zoe: My older sister - she stands up to bullies, and my mom - she always told me that it's okay to be different.
Who is your favourite Rebel Girl?
Hilary Clinton and Malala Yousafazai.
What would you suggest to other girls who might be facing similar difficulties as you?
Zoe: You shouldn't really care what other people think - all that matters is what you think about yourself.
Thank you to Zoe and all of the other recipients of the Rebel Girls Award! You guys all make the world a more sunshine-y place for everyone to be!