It’s no surprise that our supporters are our superheroes. Their enthusiasm and commitment to justice makes our movement what it is.
Today, we’re pleased to introduce you to Ainsleigh Caldicott. This Regional Ambassador from Massachusetts has hosted multiple events in support of Girl Rising and provided regular feedback to our team - all while successfully completing her junior year of high school.
She’s compassionate and creative. Our kind of girl.
“For most students [junior year] is quite a challenging year. However, I think Girl Rising has given me a new appreciation for the fact that even though the work is hard, I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to be a student at all,” Ainsleigh says.
She first started advocating for women and girls when she heard about the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria. Shocked and outraged by this abuse of human rights, she submitted a letter to the government respectfully demanding action around the effort to bring the girls home.
The feeling returned when she first saw Girl Rising.
We especially love that Ainsleigh knows how critical it is to take action within your own community and context. She seamlessly integrates advocacy work into her day-to-day activities, not only hosting events, but also incorporating girls’ rights into the roles she plays as an actress.
In the play, Body & Sold, based on true stories of survivors of sex trafficking, Ainsleigh represented the girl inside each of the survivors - the girl who never got to grow up into a young woman because her childhood was taken away.
“I live in Boston…and human trafficking is actually going on right now. It’s not far away. It’s right in our backyards,” she says. “I see the oppression the girls experience in the [Girl Rising] film happening right next door to me, which is both frightening and incredibly frustrating.”
And, after portraying Eponine in her high school’s production of Les Misérables, Ainsleigh felt similar takeaways.
“For me, creativity promotes empathy. With empathy, we can understand the undeserved plight of girls and women everywhere, and become motivated to do something about it,” she says. “When I’m performing as another character, it was difficult to access such a dark and troubled place when I’ve been so blessed in my own life, but it was necessary in order to tell the stories of the girls in the play, the story of girls in the world, to an audience in hopes of inspiring others to take action.“
Ainsleigh’s story is a powerful example of how our movement not only changes lives places like India, Nigeria and the DRC. It also gives a deeper purpose to young people across the United States.
“Of course I am attached to this movement because I am, myself, a girl, but let it be known that this movement does not only pertain to one age-group, location, social class, or especially, one gender. Everyone benefits,” she says.
Whatever comes next for this superstar supporter, we’re confident that we need more global thinkers like her. Does Ainsleigh’s story resonates with you? Follow her example and take action.