Sophie is a sixth grader from Los Angeles, California. After being inspired by the activism at the Women's March, she decided that she wanted to make a difference. Read on to learn about her Power Poms and how she's making her own statement.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES?
Dancing, playing the piano, and creative writing. I also love to jump on the trampoline, play with my dog, and hang out with my friends.
WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM JOB?
Doctor or creative writing person.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON.
The project I’m working on is called The Power Pom. It’s an everyday fashion item that you can hang anywhere you like which represents women's and girls' rights.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR IDEA?
One day after the Women’s March, I asked my mom if I can get a Pussy Cat Hat and she said she did not like me using the word P****y. She explained to me what the word meant and why the hats had that name and why it was a bad word. She also explained that it’s very hot where we live and wearing a hat every day is not really practical.
But I still wanted something really badly to show how I felt and that I supported girls and women. I wanted to show that that I matter and that I care. I wanted to create something that all ages could have, so I came up with the Power Pom. I also asked my mom if the people who made the hats gave any money to charity and she said most people made their own hats. So I asked if I can give money to charity and she said sure. She has been telling me a lot about Planned Parenthood and how they help girls and women when they need help and that Planned Parenthood needed help themselves. So I decided that since 51% of the US population is made up of females that I would give away 51% of the profit to Planned Parenthood so I could help them.
WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Getting the word out there is a challenge and reaching our goal for the Indiegogo campaign. I need $15,000 so I can have enough money to start making the Power Poms and go into production. Publicity is a struggle for us. We are overcoming these challenges by staying on top of our social media, having people help us campaign, passing out poms, and getting awareness. My mom send outs Tweets and posts on Instagram.
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?
A lot of people have told me that they support girls' and women's rights. My friends have been really excited and we are even doing the Power Pom for a Shark Tank project I have for my sixth grade class. I also saw Howie Mandel at a hotel and walked up to him and started talking to him about what I’m doing. He gave me $10 to support my project and even took a picture with me! I posted it on Instagram. He was so nice and told me he was proud of me.
WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?
We still need a lot of help getting the word out. I really want to talk with Ellen, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Michelle Obama, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Yara Shahidi, Rowan Blanchard, etc. because they all support girls' and women’s rights and I think they would like to have a Power Pom. They are my role models and speak their mind like me. And they are smart and fair. And they are always helping people and kids who need help.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN?
To all the girls younger than me with ideas they want to make a reality, never stop dreaming, never give up, be inspired, and follow your dreams.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?
"Nah." -Rosa Parks
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