Jacksonville, Florida should be very proud of their future astronaut who has spent most of her young life promoting STEM, and making headlines about her future of endeavors of wanting to be travel into outer space. Fourteen year old Taylor Richardson not only has big dreams, but she has set out to use her passion to help other young women and expose them to STEM. In her most recent passion project, she created a GoFundMe to raise funds in order to take girls to go see the movie, “A Wrinkle in Time”; a film produced by Ava Duvernay and Oprah Winfrey. Richardson explained why this was so important to her:
“This campaign is so very important to me because it will give me the opportunity to change not only girls perception of STEM [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] and space exploration but boys as well,”
I cannot believe it but I have the best news ever! Thanks to the kindness of… https://t.co/GiZ94W5FKQ
— Taylor Richardson (@astrostarbright) February 8, 2018
The movie, set to be released in March, is a story about a young girl who is transported through time and space, to rescue the girl’s dad who is a scientist and is being held prisoner on another planet. In order to meet her goal, Taylor Richardson’s wanted to raise $15,000; as of today, she’s surpassed that goal raising over $17,000.
Taylor is no stranger to the spotlight. In 2017, she was named a member of Teen Vogue’s Class of 2017, 21 under 21 for girls who are changing the world. She cleverly calls herself a “STEMinist” and she previously raised money for girls to go see “Hidden Figures”.
“This campaign [“Send 1,000 Girls To Wrinkle In Time”] means a lot to me because it shows a female protagonist in a science fiction film. Girls will know that the possibility of going into space, exploring other planets, being rocket scientists, engineers, mathematicians and astronauts for them is not that it is limited but limitless!”
Good for Taylor for being a young role model, and being so passionate about giving back to her peers.