In a year that has seen schoolgirl Sarah Lee become a symbol of social justice activism, another teen with a similar mission has turned to her own classroom to raise awareness of the issues faced by the majority of the population.
Sarah Lee, 17, started the schoolgirl schoolgirl’s campaign to raise funds for the schoolgirls’ education by using the school’s photo and the hashtag #sexyschoolgirl to raise money for the Girls’ College London (GCL) at the beginning of September.
In a tweet posted on September 16, Sarah wrote: “We are a class of girls, we are all equal and we can all learn.
We are not all equal.
We can all do better and we will.”
Sarah Lee (@SarahLeeGBL) September 16.
She also tweeted a photo of her students in the school on September 17 with the hashtag “Schoolgirls need money”, adding that the photo was taken in September 2017, a few months after the campaign started.
In an interview with the Guardian, Sarah said the campaign was an extension of the Girls’, Women and Girls Matter campaign which aims to raise the voices of young women in the UK and beyond about the lack of opportunities for girls in the country.
“The hashtag has been very much a catalyst for this campaign, and I think that the girls’ education is really the issue,” Sarah told the Guardian.
“It’s something that’s been very, very missed in our society and we have a really large percentage of girls who are not going to get the opportunities that they’re looking for.”
Sarah said she was inspired to start the campaign after she heard of another young girl who was inspired by the campaign and began a fundraising campaign for GCL, in order to help fund the school.
“That was the inspiration for me, and to just go and raise funds to help the school and the GCL,” Sarah said.
“So I’m just really happy that people are really passionate about it.”
The schoolgirl campaign has seen Sarah raise more than £12,000 for the GCHL, with more than 10,000 people having pledged to make a donation.
Sarah also launched the GLL’s online fundraising page in order for her school to be able to purchase a digital camera, which she plans to use to take photos of her pupils to share with her followers on social media.
Sarah said her schoolgirls were “totally focused on” the fundraising campaign, which has so far raised over £8,000.
“They’re really excited about it,” Sarah explained.
“I’m actually getting quite a few messages from them asking if they can take a selfie and send it to me.”
In the process of making the campaign we’ve just been really blown away by how many people are doing it, and how much support they’re getting from people.
“We’ve had more than 2,500 messages from people in the past few days saying that they would like to see more girls in this profession.”
Sarah says she has received a number of messages of support from women in her community who have supported her campaign.
“A lot of people have been really supportive of it,” she said.
“We’ve also got some women who have been very supportive of the campaign, as well.”
There’s been a lot of support out there for us.
“Sarah hopes that the campaign will inspire more girls to take up a career in the industry.”
This is an opportunity for young girls in a lot a different way,” Sarah added.”
When you look at girls, they’re usually told they can’t do anything, they can only do one thing, and they’re just waiting for the perfect time to start.