When Girls Lead

Changing the Playbook for Climate Justice

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Tsun-Chueh Huang Taiwan Fund for Children and Families, Taiwan tsunchuehhuang@gmail.com

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Abstract

Greta Thunberg's prominence in the climate justice movement symbolically positions girls at the epicenter of geopolitical resistance, but, while she is given immediate authority across media outlets, other girls’ visions of a more equitable future are often disregarded; this demands our careful attention. We discuss the work of five New York City-based girl activists of color engaged in this movement. We explore the ways in which their intersectional identities and social positions shape their mobilization strategies and draw connections to other popular social justice movements; their activist playbook reveals the transformative potential of intersectional feminist politics in the hands of Generation Z. These girl activists of color generate sophisticated, relational platforms for climate justice informed by the interconnected issues of racial and economic injustice.

Contributor Notes

Tsun-Chueh Huang (ORCID: 0000-0001-8385-6231) is a graduate of Peace and Justice Studies from Pace University. His research focuses on the intersection of identities, politics, and social justice. He works at the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families, an INGO that works to improve children's welfare around the world. Email: tsunchuehhuang@gmail.com

Emily Bent (ORCID: 0000-0002-5700-9773) is Associate Professor in Women's and Gender Studies at Pace University. Her research interests include girl-led social justice movements, girls’ human rights, and intergenerational feminist activism within transnational contexts. Email: ebent@pace.edu

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