Since the age of four, Adora Svitak has been exploring what she can do with the written word: everything from championing literacy and youth voice to advocating feminism and empowerment for girls and women around the world. Hoping to instill her love of learning in other children, she taught her first class to students when her book, Flying Fingers, debuted; since then, she has spoken at hundreds of schools, classrooms, and conferences around the world.
In 2010, she delivered the speech “What Adults Can Learn from Kids” at the prestigious TED conference. That video received over two million views and has been translated into over 40 different languages. Adora organized the youth TEDx event TEDxRedmond for 4 years (with over 1000 attendees in 2012). Now a senior in high school, she blogs widely about youth and women’s issues, has been featured in stories everywhere from Forbes to A Mighty Girl, and proudly subscribes to Ms. Magazine. She is a member of the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s Youth Advisory Board.