Since the age of four, Adora Svitak has been exploring what she can do with the written word: everything from championing literacy and youth voice to advocating feminism and empowerment for girls and women arond the world. Hoping to instill her love of learning in other children, she taught her first class to students when her book, Flying Fingers, debuted; since then, she has spoken at hundreds of schools, classrooms, and conferences around the world. In 2010, she delivered the speech "What Adults Can Learn from Kids" at the prestigious TED conference. That video received over two million views and has been translated into over 40 different languages. Now a junior in high school, Adora organizes the youth TEDx event TEDxRedmond (with over 1000 attedees this year), blogs widely about youth and women's issues, and proudy subscribes to Ms. Magazine.
The author, who delivered WMC's Girls' State of the Union Message last year, explains why image counts when appealing to teens and young women. More »