Taylor Richardson wants to make young girls' STEM dreams come true.
Since successfully raising money via GoFundMe to take herself to space camp for the first time when she was only 9 years old, the young advocate has since gone on to crowdfund for other important initiatives intended to raise STEM awareness for young girls of color and their communities. She's held GoFundMe campaigns to raise money for girls to see 2016's Hidden Figures, as well as 2018's A Wrinkle in Time, which showcase black women working in STEM fields and becoming a part of "the sci-fi cultural canon," according to Richardson.
In addition to her crowdfunding campaigns, Richardson has also taken steps to foster the importance of reading, setting up local book drives called "Taylor's Take Flight With a Book" which has donated over 8,000 books. It's all part of Richardson's goal to educate kids, especially young children of color, in the hopes of diversifying the STEM landscape in the future.
Now, company Lottie Dolls, which creates dolls inspired by real kids and frequently promotes STEM subjects in their own line, is honoring Richardson with her very own doll. The news was announced by Lottie CEO and co-founder Ian Harkin at this year's InspireFest, where Richardson also gave a keynote speech on stage.
"Last year, we made a decision that every single product that we’re doing now going forward is gonna be inspired by ideas sent to us by kids," Harkin said. "This year we’re gonna be launching a new product with Taylor."
While the doll inspired by Richardson won't be available for purchase until just prior to the Christmas season in December, 7-year-old Havana, a self-described "future POTUS, astronaut and artist" inspired by Richardson's advocacy received one of the first "Taylor dolls," and added that she and Richardson would be meeting up in the new future to talk about their common goal of "[fighting] for girls' education."