Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time will soon take girl power on the big screen to the next level and many are excited see the Ava DuVernay directed fantasy film. The film which debuts March 9th stars a leading cast of powerful girls and women and 14-year-old Taylor Richardson is doing her part to ensure all girls get a chance to see the film.
Richardson, an aspiring engineer and astronaut from Jacksonville, Fla. launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to send 1,000 girls to see A Wrinkle in Time, as well as gift each a copy of the novel. Her initial goal of $15,000 was surpassed reaching almost $18,000. This philanthropic effort is not Richardson’s first time raising money to allow girls see different representations of themselves on screen.
Award winning film Hidden Figures starring Taraji P Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer, telling the story of real black women who’s mathematical, engineering and leadership skills helped put man on the moon was also met with similar goals. Richardson raised over $20,000 for girls, especially those interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to see the groundbreaking film.
A Wrinkle In Time is just as important to young girls as Hidden Figures. Starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling in leading roles, youth across the world can be inspired by the diversity on screen. Richardson, who has been named on Teen Vogue’s ’21 Under 21′ list writes on the campaign page the significance of this film to black girls everywhere.
“It shows young, black girl girls deserving a chance to be a part of the scifi cultural canon.” writes Richardson.
“Most impressive and importantly it’s a fantasy film that is not about some white boys fighting evil, but about a black girl overcoming it”
Any additional funds raised after sending 1000 girls to see the film and also gift them copies of A Wrinkle In Time will go towards projects, events and scholarships, brining diversity and gender equality in the STEM field.
See the campaign here.