These 5 Millennial Women are Changing Everything: #NowWhat

Young roses use their style and smarts to help others.

While most parents and teachers help kids learn to do the right thing, it’s not fun to listen to authority figures when you’re young. However, listening to smart, sharp dressed millennial women who know a thing or two about doing good? Well, that’s much better. And it turns out, it might be more effective, too.

Meet The Young Roses

There’s a squad of young women, which Vogue dubbed the “young roses” who are part of high society, but use their sway and money to help others.

Cécile Winckler, Amy Sall, Nieves Zuberbühler, Cleo Wade, and Nell Diamond all have work interests that are diverse and influential, which allows them to give their time and money to unique projects.

Cécile Winckler and her partner Sophie Tabet cofounded Unemployed, a magazine that features unknown artists’ work. Most of the work is out-of-the-box, and creative—great for the art world, but not exactly commercial. Vogue reports that the magazine is like a “nonprofit gallery.”

Amy Sall is a lecturer and model who recently started “SUNU Journal.” SUNU publishes African cultural expression works and art in print and online.

Nieves Zuberbühler is a budding news producer who also dedicates time to meaningful causes, such as the International Rescue Committee.

Cleo Wade uses social media to place attention on criminal-justice reform and ending mass incarceration. She does this by staying positive and vocal.

Nell Diamond has used her education to launch Hill House Home, a lifestyle destination firm, and her money to give back. Diamond helped found UNICEF’s Next Generation, an organization that helps fight child malnutrition.

So, why do these young women who give back help inspire others? Because their actions are inspiring.

People have a tendency to do what they’ve always done unless they see something that truly inspires them, that flips the script on their reality, April Masini, New York-based relationship and etiquette expert and author, says.

“For those not involved in philanthropy, seeing may be the catalyst for doing it. Role models are important when they bring lest known or misunderstood actions, like philanthropy, to the forefront to allow others to emulate them.”

Experienced, expert help

Even though reading and hearing about the positive actions of others is influential, getting involved helps broadcast the difference between good philanthropy and so-so philanthropy.

That’s why Katherine Davies, CEO and founder of iguacu, created her soon-to-be-launched online service that makes it easy for people to give to individuals in need. Iguacu aims to help well-intentioned people to give to charities that actually do “the best” good.

Davies created her service because she tires of hearing people say they can’t change the bad in the world.

“The decline in extreme poverty worldwide has been remarkable,” she points out.

“Yes, there remain serious challenges and great need, but there are millions of us with the capacity to make a difference.

“When we say there’s no point, or there is nothing we can do, we are giving our power away. What I love right now is that there are many young people, and in my generation as well, that are staking a claim in the planet and its defense, and that identify as being a member of the human family. They know they have power and they act on it. That thought fills me with joy!”

Davies hopes her service and positive actions will fuel a future generation filled with “young roses.”

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Abbie Stutzer

Writer, editor, and owner of Ginchy!, a freelance writing and editing company, and home funeral hub. Adores smart sex ed, sustainable ag, spooky history, women's health, feminism, horror, wine, and sci-fi.