10 new feminist icons you should definitely follow this year

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WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 24: Parkland student Emma Gonzalez addresses the March for Our Lives Rally on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images)

Emma González

I’m sure Emma González never expected to be in this position. Maybe she wanted to eventually, sure; but I’m guessing the road, which she was forced upon to get here, was never in her plan. In February of 2018, González’s world changed, along with hundreds of her classmates and thousands of people across the country, when an active shooter took the lives of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Texas.

After the tragic events of that day, González decided to become an advocate for not only gun control, but for protecting the lives of all who are vulnerable, including women. In an interview with Variety, she claims our focus should be on who is elected into powerful political positions. Once there’s a political shift in the system, then we can experience change as a community.

"“This country’s government was made to work slowly, but if we elect the right people and keep moving as fast as we have been, we will change our world for the better.” – Emma González"

She may be young but she’s already made a major impact on our political climate by using her experience and past to push policies in a more liberal direction. Her name is known by most and I have a feeling that her activism and power isn’t going to slow down anytime soon.

Emma González is certainly one to watch this year when it comes to feminism, politics, and ultimately, changing the way the world is heading.