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Emma Gonzalez: for calling B.S. on the NRA

To mark International Women's Day, Univision honors 15 incredible Latinas who are innovating in fields from sports to science.

8 Mar 2018 – 7:58 PM EST

It was three days after a young man armed with an AR-15 entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and shot 17 people dead when one of the survivors, 18-year-old Cuban-American Emma Gonzalez, took to the microphone at a rally on live television.

Her words were direct, and she left the crowd speechless. She was furious, but stuck to a clear objective: the need for gun control. To Donald Trump she said: “No more thoughts and prayers. It’s time for action."

Soon after, Gonzalez and three other survivors of the shooting began the #NeverAgain movement. Together they have more than 2 million Twitter followers - Gonzalez alone exceeded 1 million within 15 days of opening her @Emma4Change account. Gonzalez tweets to politicians and those who push conspiracy theories about her and her friends. She cracks jokes with her fellow activists and even recorded a video as she shaved her head.

“I’m 18 years old, Cuban and bisexual,” she wrote in an essay in Harper’s Bazaar. She says if victims like her don’t take the reins, adults will bury the dead from another shooting rampage.

In a now famous CNN town hall, she thanked Mr. Foster, her government teacher, without whom she said she could not have written her now famous speech. Her activism has rallied celebrities such as George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey, who have donated $500,000 each to the Never Again movement. Gonzalez and her friends have organized a national march on March 24. The ‘March for our lives’ is shaping up to be massive.

Meanwhile, Emma González has become a protest icon, a leading activist and the darling of the media. The Washington Post even called her the face of a new generation of Latinos.

Emma Gonzalez
For calling B.S. on the NRA
Marlen Esparza
For revolutionizing women's boxing
Germaine Franco
For bringing Mexican music to the big screen
Rita Moreno
For redefining what it means to be 86
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
For bringing marginalized farmworker's voices into the #MeToo conversation
Diana Trujillo
For getting us closer to Mars
Princess Nokia
For infusing rap with punk rock, feminism and 'Afrolatinidad'
Candi CdeBaca
For fighting gentrification in a changing Denver
Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski
For breaking barriers in the exploration of space and time
Cristina Martínez
For daring to talk about undocumented restaurant workers
Geisha Williams
For leading California into a green energy future
Elizabeth Guzman
For taking her immigrant story to the Virginia legislature
Reyna Montoya
For encouraging undocumented youth to dream and heal
Maria Hinojosa
For putting Latino stories front and center
Gabby Rivera
For being the first queer Latina to write for Marvel Comics

Coordination: Jessica Weiss, Olivia Liendo and Allie Jaynes.

Illustrations: Grace Berríos and Jackie Albano.

Web design and development: Juan Jesús Gómez.

Editorial: Nathalie Alvaray, Tamoa Calzadilla, Juliana Jiménez, Douglas Gómez and Rogerio Manzano.

Photo Editing: David Maris.

This story was produced in collaboration with Univision Contigo, Univision's social responsibility team.

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