In 2014 my 4th grade daughter desperately wanted to join a young girl’s scouting troop. As she was blooming into a young tween of color, I watched her begin to critically think about and navigate through her identity and radical values. I saw the need for a group that would empower and encourage her to form bonds of sisterhood with other girls in her community.
I began to imagine what a radical young girl’s social justice troop looked like; a group that centered and affirmed her experiences as a beautiful and brilliant brown girl against so many societal pressures to conform to mainstream ideals of girlhood. I shared this idea with her and she lit up with excitement! I knew, however, that I could not possibly do this alone so I called on Marilyn, a close friend and chosen sister, who I knew would be a fantastic Co-Founder. She accepted this challenge and together we launched the Radical Monarchs in December 2014!
– Anayvette Martinez
The Radical Badges we earn: