Teen Vogue 21 Under 21 Features Amika George
Amika George is part of Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 class of 2018! This lists spotlights extraordinary young women, girls, and femmes making waves in their industries or passions of choice.
Amika is a Menstrual Equity Activist that launched #FreePeriods — a petition that would grant all girls who are eligible for free lunch in the U.K. to recieve free sanitary products. Her movement also works to destigmatize the taboo around menstruation.
We're so proud of Amika for taking a stand on this social issue and working to make such positive impactful changes! Check out a highlight of her Teen Vogue feature below!
When Amika George started #FreePeriods, she aimed to get just 10 signatures on a petition asking Prime Minister Theresa May to give all girls who are eligible for free lunch in the U.K. free menstrual products as well. Little did she know that in the span of just a few weeks the petition would have about 2,000 signatures and a little more than a year later the signature count would be approaching 200,000.
“I did feel quite alone in thinking it was just me who cared about this,” Amika tells Teen Vogue.“Seeing all these people come together … it really reinforced that it’s a big issue that most people, if they hear about it, the vast majority would want to help to end it. For me, it felt like I was part of a big community of people who were passionate about something and wanted to change it.”
Amika, 19, was nominated for Teen Vogue’s 21 under 21, by actor Emma Watson for her extraordinary work toward menstrual equality. As her successes accumulate, Amika says she’s living proof of just how much young people are capable of.
Link to full Teen Vogue article: Amika George - Teen Vogue 21 under 21