15 Gen-Z’ers Who’ve Made History In The Last Year

Happy International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day celebrates those who work to make a change for the rights of young girls and femmes. With the help of social media and Gen-Z, women’s hardships and histroical achievements are upheld on a larger platform. 

With women shifting the narrative through activism, poetry, entrepreneurship and entertainment, there is hope for the next generation to live in a better place and environment. With the help of these changemakers using their voices to better women’s rights, scroll ahead for the Gen-Z’ers who are still making history. 

Amanda Gorman

Gorman made history as the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. She continues to use her platform to shine a light on issues regarding feminism, oppression and marginalization. 

Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny

Mari Copeny continued to make history through her activism. She received the title Little Miss Flint for her initiative toward raising awareness and fundraising for the Flint water crisis

Anya Dillard

Dillard helped organize the largest Black Lives Matter protest in West Orange, New Jersey history, with a total of 3,00 people. She continues to be at the forefront of all things social justice  regarding making a safe space for future generations.

Blue Ivy 

As if having Beyoncé as a mother isn’t already historic, Blue Ivy made history by becoming the youngest person with a Grammy for the song “Brown Skin Girl” from the Lion King remake album The Gift. 

Diarrha N’Diaye

The award-winning brand Ami Cole is bridging the gap between African heritage and beauty founded by Diarrha N’Diaye. She recently garnered over $1 million in venture capital funding to keep the brand going. 

Marley Dias 

Marley Dias made history through her #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, which helps young girls access stories with a Black protagonist. She later created a space for a conversation surrounding Black stories in fiction novels. 

Marsai Martin

Though we’ve seen Marsai in front of the camera for most of her childhood, she’s made history by becoming the youngest person to produce a studio film. She continues to create content surrounding the fun and carefree Black girl experience including the film Little and her latest show Saturdays on Disney+.

Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion became the first Black woman to be on the cover of Forbes for the 30 under 30 issues. She continues to make strides in her business endeavors as she moves into mogul Megan. 

Naomi Osaka

The tennis-playing champion was named the highest-paid female athlete for 2022. Her totals equaled $51.1 million, topping Serena Williams. 

Neijae Graham-Henries

Neija now holds the title of the youngest barber at the tender age of eight years old. The Philadelphia native continues to share her passion for hair care on social media. 

Olamide Olowe

The Topicals CEO became the youngest Black woman to raise $10M in VC funding. She raised $14.8M before the age of 26 for her products, which are created for hyperpigmentation and sensitive skin for people of color. 

Starr Andrews

Andrews is showing Black girls that it’s possible to be figure skaters. She became the first Black woman since 1988 to score a pewter medal at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. 

Ebony Naomi Oshunrind

Ebony Naomi Oshunrind, also known as WondaGurl, has solidified her place as a producer for artists like Big Sean, Jay-Z and Drake. 


The It girl actress continues to show us she’s limitless as she took home an Emmy two years in a row for her leading role as Rue in Euphoria. 

Zindzi Thompson

Thompson became the youngest Black woman to graduate from Meharry Medical College. She enrolled in the school at 16 years old and now has joined the Meharry graduates in her family. 

About Kenyatta: Clark Atlanta University and Medill School alumna Kenyatta Victoria is the Girls United writer covering everything from news, pop culture, lifestyle, and investigative stories. When not reporting, she’s diving deep into her curated playlists or binging her favorite comfort shows.

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