Julia Bluhm & Izzy Labbe
Julia Bluhm, 14, is a feminist-activist from Waterville, Maine. She blogs for a girl-fueled activist group called SPARK Movement. She is passionate about girls’ and women’s issues. As part of a SPARK Movement action, Julia wrote a successful petition asking Seventeen Magazine to change their use of Photoshop on models. Julia is also passionate about ballet. She spends twenty hours a week training to be a professional ballet dancer, as a part of her high school program. Her involvement in ballet has opened her eyes to another issue that affects many teenagers and young adults of today—eating disorders. Julia has recently become involved with the National Eating Disorders Association, and was honored to be able to speak at their teen conference in October. Julia loves giving presentations to community groups about girl activism and how girls are portrayed in the media. Julia is very excited to be a part of TEDxWomen with her good friend and fellow SPARK activist, Izzy Labbe.
Izzy Labbe is a freshman at Waterville High School in Waterville, Maine. In eighth grade, Izzy started blogging for the feminist movement SPARK, which later led her and fellow blogger/friend Julia Bluhm to the Seventeen Petition, the cover of the Boston Globe, Katie Couric’s talk show Katie, and a documentary. When Izzy is not doing activist work with SPARK, Hardy Girls Healthy Women, and her school’s Gay Straight Trans Alliance, she is most likely acting, writing, reading classic books, swimming, or singing in the shower.