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  • What does a social activist look like?
  • What does a social activist look like?
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The Radical Monarchs: a new age of social justice

Changing the world for good can be a challenge at any age, but a group of 8- to 12-year-old girls from California aren’t letting their youth stand in the way of achieving social equality. Who are the Radical Monarchs and how are they changing what it means to be an activist?

Location United States

Founded in 1912, the Girl Scouts of the USA is an institution dedicated to educating and bettering young women. With 59 million women participating at some point during their childhood, the organisation has helped generations develop a range of practical skills, such as how to build a campfire or cross-stitching, with a much-sought after badge earned upon completion. [1]

Now, imagine a similar organisation that instead offers badges for ‘affiliation with LGBTQ communities’, ‘radical self-love’ or ‘attending a civil rights march’. Though these might seem incomprehensible achievements for tween girls, there’s a group in California ...



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