Winners of the 2018 Girls With Pens Essay Competition

As I tour the US for the launch of my new novel, Time Next, I am asking girls across the country aged 8-17 to answer the question “Why is it important to give teenagers a voice on social issues?” Please read the inspiring winning essays below! ------ Madeleine Matney Sophomore at Challenge Early High School, Houston Society labels my generation as Gen. Z, the most diverse generation with our sexualities, genders, races, and disabilities. We must give teenagers a serious voice on social issues so that we can create a more diverse and safe space, ending homophobia, racism, sexism, transphobia, and ableism (the discrimination of disabled persons), and also establish gun laws to protect us in ou

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