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This 13-year-old aspiring astronaut raised $17,000 so thousands of young people could see ‘Hidden Figures’

INSPIRATION: Taylor Richardson

INSPIRATION: Taylor Richardson

MEET 13-YEAR-OLD Taylor Richardson who raised $17,000 to take 1000 girls to watch ‘Hidden Figures’, a film about three African-American women mathematicians at NASA who helped send John Glenn into space in the 1960s.

The aspiring astronaut got the idea after she was invited to an exclusive A-list screening of the Oscar-nominated film, attended by former First Lady Michelle Obama, and left truly inspired.

“The biggest takeaway for me was when Michelle Obama stated that we have to do the work and that we have to take a seat at the STEM table and bring others with us,” Taylor said in an interview with Forbes.

Upon returning to her Jacksonville, Florida home,  the teen, who has been affectionately dubbed ‘Astronaut starBright’, talked to her mum about launching a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for other kids to see the movie.

“The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big,” Taylor said. “The women in the movie had every odd against them, but they fought for their dreams and made it.”

This wasn’t the first time Taylor turned to GoFundMe to help fuel her passions. In the past, she raised money on the site to attend the White House’s United State of Women Summit, as well as to attend space camp.


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