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
A year after she raised money to send 100 girls to see “Hidden Figures,” 14-year-old Taylor Richardson has done it bigger for a different film. The aspiring astronaut has collected over $17,000 to send 1,000 girls to see “A Wrinkle In Time.”
Jacksonville, Fla., resident Richardson bested her $15,000 goal in two months. Now, hundreds of girls will be able to see a story about Meg, a young Black girl who goes on a fantasy-filled journey with her brother and friend to rescue her father from another planet.
The member of Teen Vogue’s 21 under 21 class also expressed the importance of representation on her GoFundMe page.
“I want girls — especially those of color — to see this movie and know that not only can they touch the stars they already are ones!” the TEDx FSCJ panelist wrote. “Maxine Waters says she’s ‘reclaiming her time,’ well, we girls are becoming the ‘Warriors’ and we are ‘reclaiming our STEM!’ With your donation, it will help me help girls dream bigger and become more Megs in this world!”
“Supporting this project means you support not only diversity but gender equality in STEM and our films,” the self-described STEMinist added. “KIDS NEED REPRESENTATION so that they can take pride in who they are and know that they are more than capable of being anything they put their minds to. Help us be warriors we know we can be in STEM!”
This isn’t the first time Richardson, who at 9-years-old raised money to go to Space Camp, has used GoFundMe to help young girls see themselves on screen. In 2017, she raised nearly $20,000 to send 100 girls to see “Hidden Figures.”