Joshua with Munira Alimire, Chanice Lee and Kate Schatz

Joshua with Munira Alimire, Chanice Lee and Kate Schatz

When champion swimmer Yusra Mardini was 17 years old, she fled Damascus, Syria, with her sister, eventually making it on an overcrowded migrant boat on the way to Greece. As the boat started to sink, the young Syrian girl channeled her athletic talents to help keep the vessel afloat for hours until it reached shore.

Mardini’s story is one of many unsung tales of heroism and leadership starring a girl. But she and others like her take center stage in a new book by Kate Schatz called “Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women.”

Schatz recently appeared at the 7th annual Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. where young changemakers “participate in leadership training, learn from influential speakers, engage in skills-based workshops, and lead an official lobby day on Capitol Hill.” She and two of the conference’s former teen advisers discuss what girls can do to break down barriers to gender equality and the importance of uplifting young women.


  • Kate Schatz Author, 'Rad Girls Can'
  • Chanice Lee Author of ‘Young Revolutionary: A Teen’s Guide to Activism’
  • Munira Alimire Activist, former Girl Up Teen Advisor

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