WorldWideWomen Making a Difference: Mary Margaret from Eden Prairie, USA

Q: Tell us about your background and what you do with your time.

A: I am 13 years old and in the 7th grade. I want to make a difference in the world, and so I started my own non-profit called Cakes For A Cure when I was 11. So far, I have raised $7,245 for the 4 charities that I support. What I do is pretty simple. You can order a cake over the phone, in person, or on my website. I will then make your cake, from scratch, and I will hand deliver it to you. Then, my customers can choose the amount that they would like to give, which charity that the would like their money to go to (from the four that I support). 100% of what my customers donate goes directly to the charity they have selected. My family donates all of the supplies, and I donate my time and talents.

Q: Who is the greatest female influence in your life?

A: My greatest female influence in my life is my grandmother. She has Parkinson's disease, but that in no way stops her from living her life. We love to bake together, go makeup shopping, and she helps me with my English homework. We love to play cards. She has taught me to never settle, and to enjoy all of the little things that life brings you. Even the smallest of things can make the greatest impact. When I was little, I used to go to her house and we would do baking experiments, and play go fish. I, to this day, have never lost a game of Go Fish. She also taught me how to pray the rosary, which is a big thing in my life. My grandmother has made quite the influence on my life.

Q: Please share with us something that you want other women around the world to hear.

A: I would like for girls and women to know that it doesn't matter how young or old you are, your voice can be heard and you can make a difference in the world. I started my non-profit when I was 11 years old. Just because I am a child, does not mean that I am incapable of making a difference or that my opinion doesn't matter. All of the support that I am getting from my friends, family, and community is amazing. My age is not a boundary or disadvantage. Never be afraid to express your thoughts, because what you think makes a difference. Break all the stereotypes, and be yourself. No matter what challenges you have had, you can persevere, and make your impact in the areas that are important to you.

Q: What do you imagine for women and girls around the world?

A: I imagine a world where I can step outside, and see all kinds of women, being their own person, and carrying out their own passions. It is 2018, and I want younger girls to feel like they don't have to wait to make a difference. Starting early gives you more time to improve the world around you.

Q: What do you like most about WorldWideWomen?

A: I like that the Instagram and website have links to sites that are helpful and inspiring to all women and girls.

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