Teen Aims High, Hopes to Send 1,000 Girls to See ‘A Wrinkle in Time’
Future astronaut hopeful Taylor Richardson launched STEM-related fundraiser, not her first time doing so
Disney’s version of “A Wrinkle in Time,” Madeleine L’Engle’s classic and beloved novel, is set for release on March 9. It tells of a young girl, her friend and her brother, who travel through time and space to a new world to rescue the girl’s father, a scientist who’s held captive on another planet.
Now, thanks to the efforts of 14-year-old STEM star, philanthropist, and future astronaut Taylor Richardson of Jacksonville, Florida, at least 1,000 girls will get to see the female-centric picture.
She hopes to raise enough to give each girl a copy of the book as well, according to her GoFundMe page.
This young standout is an old hand at setting her goals high and inspiring others to achieve their own objectives. She previously raised $20,000 to send 1,000 girls to see the award-winning biopic “Hidden Figures.”
On the GoFundMe page for her current effort, she described why it was so important to her that girls were exposed to “Hidden Figures.” The 2016 film outlined the stories of a trio of female and African-American NASA mathematicians who provided the brain power that launched astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962.
“It was important to me that girls know that with drive, determination, and hard work you can be anything, a scientist, a mathematician, an engineer, an astronaut or maybe the president of the United States even when the odds are against you!” she wrote.
This time, her sights are set on inspiring girls toward the same ends through a classic science fiction tale.
A now more grown-up Taylor Richardson — who has already appeared at a TedX Salon at Florida State College Jacksonville and has been featured in magazines such as Scholastic Science World, Women in Aviation, and others — included in her reasoning for her new effort these thoughts: "It has a female protagonist in a science fiction film ... 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."
To date, Richardson has raised $17,815 via her GoFundMe page, nearly $3,000 more than her original goal.
"A Wrinkle in Time" is directed by Ava DuVernay and stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis, and young Storm Reid as Meg (shown above).
Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and regular contributor to LifeZette.