This was edited on March 7th, 2017 at 9:07PM
In case you missed it, when Hidden Figures released in 2016, Taylor Richardson was the girl who raised over $20,000 so that 1000 girls could see the movie for free. Her hope was to encourage girls to get into STEM by being able to watch the likes of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson on the big screen.
When A Wrinkle in Time was announced, a movie based on the hit middle-grade sci-fi from 1962, Taylor Richardson did the same thing. Only this time, she raised $50,000 for girls to see the movie for free when it releases on March 9th, 2018.
Why was Taylor so enthused about girls seeing A Wrinkle in Time in theaters? She explained on her GoFundMe page.
“1. It shows young, black girls deserving a chance to be a part of the scifi cultural canon,” She begins. 2. It has a female protagonist in a science fiction film. A brown girl front and center who looks like me in the role of Meg, a girl traveling to different planets and encountering beings and situations that I’d never seen a girl of color in. 3. 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.”
Since the start of her campaign on November 13th, for Taylor everything has been a crazy and memorable ride. Disney caught sight of her, and as a result, Taylor was able to attend the premiere. She was able to meet the director of the film, Ava DuVernay, actress Oprah Winfrey, and actor Chris Pine, among others.
Notable people who donated to her campaign included JJ Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath. “Thanks to the kindness of many of you and a very generous donation from JJ Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath,” Taylor wrote in an update on her GoFundMe. “I have exceeded my goal to send a 1000 girls 2 see the upcoming movie A Wrinkle In Time!”
On top of that, aforementioned actor Chris Pine, who stars in the film as Dr. Alex Murray (the main character’s — Meg Murray’s — father), matched Taylor’s raised $25,000 — bringing Taylor’s efforts to her massive $50,000 to send girls to watch the movie, as well as help them purchase and read the original novel.
We applaud Taylor for her constant efforts and constant successes in bringing more and more girls into the world of STEM through positive media.
EDIT: In an incredible update -- Oprah Winfrey, who stars in the movie as Mrs. Which, matched the $50,000 Taylor Richardson made -- giving Taylor's GoFundMe a over $100,000! As of 9:00pm on March 7th, the GoFundMe total is $100,639!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mariah Loeber is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of FemSTEM.com. She studies English and is a huge fan of all things STEM. Find her on Twitter.