At Smart Girls, we love the stories of women and girls getting involved in their local communities and standing up for what they believe is right. Whether it’s a petition for access to tampons or fighting a sexist dress code, using your voice when you see an injustice is important.
Meet 10-year-old October Hamilton of East Carbon, Utah. This Summer, October heard that funding had been cut for her local Bookmobile (it’s basically a mobile library). She loves to read and without a local library, the Bookmobile was the only source for books.
October went around her town and local area to gather signatures in support of the Bookmobile. She gathered about 1,000 signatures and presented them at the Carbon County Commission meeting. The audience and board all broke into applause when she announced how many signatures she collected.
You can watch October speaking beginning around the 37-minute mark.
Carbon County Commission chair Jake Mellor praised October’s involvement and said she’s made a real change in her community through her actions:
“What she’s done in the community with her petition has done more to raise attention for literacy than anything any local politician could have done.”
Ultimately, county leaders decided to fund the Bookmobile on a reduced schedule while asking schools and businesses to help pay for long-term funding. Thanks to October using her voice to stand up for the Bookmobile, she was able to make a difference — which is an inspiration to us all.
“The Bookmobile is something we need.” — October Hamilton
Thank you, October, for getting involved in your community and changing the world by being yourself. Keep using your voice to stand for what you believe in!