So what are the radical monarchs, you might ask? Well besides having a bitchin' name, the radical monarchs are a girls group, similar to Girl Scouts, that are from Oakland, California. They are living up to their name by transforming social injustices into discussions and empowerment. I heard about these radical preteens on Lena Dunham's podcast "Women of the Hour" and immediately was in awe of these young ladies and their organizers Anayvette Martinez and Marilyn Hollinquest. Martinez and Hollinquest saw a need for these young preteens to have a place where they can be open, ask questions, and learn about being a woman. These young women are challenging injustices and I would bet that their futures are very bright!
I was a Girl Scout for pretty much all of my childhood. I was a daisy at the age of 5 and achieved the highest honors in girl scouting, bronze, silver, and gold award, by my senior year of high school. My mother was my troop leader and I learned so much about community service and being a strong young woman. I am grateful that I stuck with girl scouting that long, as I helped my community in many ways and opened up opportunities for myself by showing such commitment to community service projects. However, I find this budding organization is taking on new challenges and empowering these young girls in an honest and modern way.
I guess I'm a little old to join the radical monarchs... But if I ever decide to procreate I would hope my son or daughter could belong to such an open and empowering clan!
Check out the Radical Monarchs on Facebook.
And help them reach their fundraising goal and learn more about them here.