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The first full week of September has ended and the good news keeps rolling in. From school starting, to robotics, to fighter pilots, women continue to inspire all over the world and in many different ways.

This 9-year-old girl spent her summer building her own company while, as she says, the other kids were playing video games. 

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Addison Captain is the 9-year-old CEO (genius!!) behind her own online business that sells products to inspire children of color. It can be very difficult to find products for children, such as books, that represent people of color in a positive light – but on Addison’s website, you can find all that and more. Even at just 9-years-old Addison understands that representation matters and is giving children the access to that representation. As an entrepreneur, she took this message, decided to do something about it, and is now running her business, learning sales, marketing, design, and more. WKYC

Not only is she helping lead GM’s development of autonomous vehicles but in her free time, 28-year old, Keysha Camps is teaching high school girls in Detroit how to build robots.

Even though she is now an engineer, Keysha Camps true career dream was to be able to help people and through her engineering experience, she is able to do just that. By working for GM Camps, she found a volunteer program through FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics. Camps had never heard of FIRST before but was sold on changing kids’ lives. Since she started volunteering with FIRST Camps, she formed the first all-girls FIRST Robotics team in her area and she has helped young Hispanic girls learn about STEM through being bilingual. Camps has learned that she can change lives by being an engineer through FIRST and through GM – by creating autonomous vehicles and giving people with disabilities or the elderly the opportunity to move. Detroit Free Press

Misa Matsushima is 26-years-old and is the first female fighter pilot in Japan all thanks to her love for “Top Gun”

Thankfully Misa Matsushima watched Top Gun in middle school and her love for aviation grew because now she is the first ever female fighter pilot in Japan. In 1993 the Airforce placed a ban on women becoming pilots of fighter jets and reconnaissance aircraft. However, in 2015 that ban was lifted and Matsushima was able to join the fighter pilots. She graduated in a class full of men and joins the mere 6.4% of women in Japan’s troops. While that number is dangerously low, initiatives are being taken to get more women involved in combat, and Matshushima becoming a fighter pilot will hopefully inspire young women to follow in her footsteps, just as she followed in Mavericks. NDTV


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