YWCA Scotland announce 30 under 30 list

YWCA Scotland announce 30 under 30 list

2017 list includes indie publisher 404 Ink, local charity Young Saheliya and Social Bite co-founder Alice Thompson

Feminist organisation YWCA Scotland is part of a global movement dedicated to making a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world. This November, the organisation kicks off its end of year celebrations with the annual 30 Under 30 Scotland blog series, which highlights the achievements of 30 young women in Scotland who are doing significant work around the country.

Inspired by Forbes' 30 Under 30, YWCA Scotland's list is dedicated to the promotion of positive role models in Scotland, with a different woman being profiled every day in November on The Young Women's Movement blog and social media.

The list is put together via nominations, with people all over Scotland invited to put forward the names of inspiring young women that they believe are making a real impact. The final list has been whittled down from over 80 applications, with the top 30 women including musicians, publishers, campaigners and more.

Kara Brown, Director, YWCA Scotland said: 'When we spoke to women across the country in our Status of Young Women in Scotland research, one of the most frequent concerns raised was a lack of visible Scottish role models. As one young woman said, 'We need more role models; you can't be what you can't see!' 30 Under 30 highlights just how many impressive and influential young Scottish women there are for us to celebrate.'

30 Under 30 List 2017

404 Ink – Heather McDaid and Laura Jones
Founders (and runners) of indie publisher 404 Ink. 26 years old (Heather), 27 years old (Laura). Edinburgh.

Alice Thompson
Co-founder of Social Bite. 27 years old. Grew up in Dornoch in the Highlands of Scotland, lives in Edinburgh.

Beldina Odenyo
Singer songwriter. 27 years old. Born in Kenya, lives in Glasgow.

Briana Pegado
Founder & Director of the Edinburgh Student Art Festival (ESAF). 25 years old. Born in the USA, lives in Leith.

Catriona Patterson
Green Arts Project Manager at Creative Carbon Scotland, Environmental Officer for Festivals Edinburgh, Board member of 2050 Climate Group. 26 years old. Edinburgh.

Christina Mackaill
Junior doctor. 26 years old. Born in Edinburgh, based in Dundee.

Ciara Maguire
Organiser and the chair of Free Pride in Glasgow. 26 years old. Glasgow.

Eilidh Earle-Mitchell
Prosthetics designer. 21 years old. From Dundee, now lives in Aberdeen.

Emeli Sande
Singer and songwriter. 30 years old. From Sunderland, studied at University of Glasgow.

Grace Warnock
Campaigner, creator of Grace's Sign. 12 years old. Prestonpans, East Lothian.

Hannah Pearson
Policy Coordinator at the Equality Network. 28 years old. From England, lives in Edinburgh.

Hazel Marzetti
Researcher at Glasgow University, examining how offline and online communities affect young LGBT+ people's mental health. 28 years old. Born in London, lives in Glasgow.

Isla Nelson
Comedian and political commentator. 3 years old. Glasgow.

Isla Whateley
Girlguiding Scotland and Belfast Pride 2017 Volunteer, Young Scot 5 Rights Commissioner, Year of Young People 2018 Ambassador, NUS Scotland Women Campaign's Committee Member. 21 years old. Edinburgh.

Katie Leung
Film, television, and stage actress. 30 years old. From Motherwell, North Lanarkshire.

Kayleigh Haggo
Triple gold medallist in the European Paralympic Youth Games. 18 years old. Maybole, South Ayrshire.

Kiana Kalantar Hormozi
Filmmaker. 23 years old. Glasgow.

Kim Long
Councillor. First ever Green councillor for Dennistoun and supports women & young people in prison. 27 years old. Glasgow.

Kimberley Benson (Viper)
Pro wrestler. 26 years old. Ayr.

Kirsty Strickland
Columnist and commentator. 28 years old. Originally from Fife, now lives in Glasgow.

Laura Bauld
Assistant Project Curator at Glasgow Museums. 27 years old. Glasgow.

Marcia Lauder
Founder of Borders Buzz social group for adults with learning disabilities and winner of RSA Lifetime Fellowship. 29 years old. Scottish Borders.

Mhairi McCann
UK's top 4 scientist for her age, member of the British Science Association's CREST Youth Panel, member of the Royal Society of Biology's Student Curriculum Group, the Year of Young People 2018 Ambassador, the Ambassador for Scotland for the Young Scientists Journal. 17 years old. Inverclyde.

Mina Baird
Activist and national committee member of Living Rent, Scotland's Tenants' Union. Worked on disabilities for Inclusion Scotland and Access to Elected Office Fund. Disabled queer trans woman. 23 years old. Glasgow.

Nadine Aisha Jassat
Feminist writer, poet, and professional working the field of gender-based violence. 28 years old. Edinburgh.

Naomi Gwynne
Campaigner. Wrote to her local council to request a new swing to be installed at a local park so that her disabled twin brother could also use it. 8 years old. South Lanarkshire.

Neneh Bojang
FGM activist, carer and Mum. 28 years old. Born in the Gambia, lives in Edinburgh.

Suki Wan
Vice Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Deputy Convenor of the Scottish Youth Parliament's Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Committee. 20 years old. Glasgow.

Vikki Allan
Football referee at the Women's Premiership level. 25 years old. Edinburgh.

Young Saheliya
The Young Saheliya Service provides support for young BME women and girls from the age of 12-25 years. Edinburgh.

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