Recent studies indicate that both women and Millennials are under-represented and under-funded as entrepreneurs. If these female undergraduates are any indication of the future, that probably won't be true for long.
Her Campus Media, a global community of college women reviewed over 1,000 profiles to come up with these inspirational examples:
Abagail completed a 4,000 mile bike ride last summer, raising over $723,500 to fight cancer. Her current goal is research orphanages and childcare in Africa to determine whether family-based care and adoption is the best solution to solving the orphan crisis that has arose from the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Originally an astrophysics major, Ana-Maria switched her concentration to computer science, then helped develop a conference for women engineers who code, WECode. The conference has since secured the support of industry giants such as Facebook, Microsoft and Google and boasts over 700 attendees.
Andrea coordinated a donation campaign for the people of Nepal affected by the earthquake and organized local clothing drives, while writing for and editing the school newspaper and tutoring other students in both English and Spanish. Plans to work as an investigative reporter in countries guilty of human rights violation and then attend Harvard Law School.
Bernadette serves as the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Women SPEAK, which aims to create an open dialogue on women's empowerment. She is also the Founder of Project SHE, a research study that provides menstrual health supplies, sanitation facilities and education for primary school girls in western Kenya.
Caroline is improving childhood literacy through her project, Read To Succeed, and has written, illustrated and published a children's book, One More Book, Please!, supporting this effort. She also competes in pageants and has won two titles from the Miss America Organization.
Cynthia volunteered for two Model UN Conferences run by the United Nations Association of the United States, where she chaired a committee and participated in various events for the promotion of gender equality. In her free time, she isa leader of Seton Hall's Sexual Violence Elimination Act program and coaches soccer for children ages three to six.
A varsity swimmer at Iowa State University, Elizabeth is her school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to second-ever female president. Meanwhile, she's majoring in microbiology and psychology and is research assistant at both the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Irvine, CA and at the Psychology and Law Laboratory at Iowa State.
Jennifer is a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) and a student researcher at Boston Children's hospital and has volunteered in clinics in Uganda, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru and Kenya. In addition to pursuing a degree in medicine, she serves as an advisor for potential pre-health students and tutors other students in introductory level chemistry.
Judy campaigns for youth tobacco prevention in the hopes of lowering the number of tobacco-related deaths for future generations. She was been invited to the White House for her work, was recognized by the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and was the first minor ever asked to testify before the FDA.
Kate gave up a lucrative career in fashion modeling and fashion design to create a mobile application to help at-risk children to protect themselves against exploitation and human trafficking. The app has been incorporated into DataWind tablets for use by kids who don't have access to traditional schooling.
Morgan is a classical pianist who has performed in New York's Carnegie Hall and has interned for Google two summers in a row in the company's People Operations department, first on its Benefits team and then its Diversity Markets team. She founded the Black Women's Union at Duke and works as a research assistant at Duke's Fuqua School of Business.
Olivia is founder and CEO of LabCandy, a company that encourages young girls' interest in STEM. Won second place in a Google pitch contest for business case presentations for start-ups and authored interactive children's book, Ava and the Copper Key, which allows its readers to write in a science journal, create their own hypotheses, and help the main character. In her spare time, she is a cellist in the Yale Symphony Orchestra.
Pavane founded the non-profit Feeding Inspiration, which motivates young girls in order to help bring an end to world hunger. She also founded Feeding the Future, a non-profit that works with middle and high school students nationally and in India, Tanzania, and Peru to address the global problem of food insecurity.
Rachel is the first openly gay woman in student government at the University of Connecticut and the first elected female president of the student body in 10 years. Is working to create a dialogue between student government and activist groups (who don't traditionally work together) on the issue of sexual assaults on campus.
Rachel is a nationally-certified volunteer fire fighter and developed a new flame retardant biodegradable plastic that is currently under review for a patent. She has conducted research at the Novartis/MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing and was named a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search.
After her sophomore year in high school, Rachel was offered admission and a scholarship to Mary Baldwin College and now attends the University of Virginia. She is currently pursuing a career in sports management with the intent to become the first female General Manager of a Major League Baseball club.
Rahimah was an advisor to the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations. She was elected first female president of the student body in five years at Rutgers, where she introduced an affirmative consent policy. She has hosted a sexual assault policy analysis event with SAFER, been a coordinator for a national Take Back the Night event at Rutgers and lobbied to U.S. senators regarding sexual violence on college campuses.
Ruchi invented an all-natural and inexpensive mosquito repellant that is the first of its kind. She is now the CEO of Mosquitoes Be Gone Inc., which researches methods to combat mosquito-transmitted diseases around the world. She was also the youngest invited speaker at the inaugural Forbes Women's Summit and won a Yahoo! Women Who Shine award in the Entrepreneur category.
Sarah co-founded and co-organized a chapter of Planned Parenthood Generation Action and leads the chapter in educating the community on issues of reproductive health and freedom. She was also selected for the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps internship through the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program and one of only 40 students nationwide to be placed at a social justice internship.
Sarah manages an editorial team for Miss Millennia Magazine, a publication dedicated to empowering young women to pursue their dreams. She has also written two plays (both of which were then produced at Johns Hopkins University) and helped establish the first Film Conference at the university in her freshman year, while winning a scholarship for arts activism and participation.
Shree worked on the problem of drug resistance in ovarian cancer, a project that won her the Grand Prize at the Google Global Science Fair. She also co-founded Piper, a start-up that develops Minecraft toolkits to encourage children to build and play with technology. She has applied this concept of creating tools to her own scientific research at Harvard Medical School.
Xyla is the president of the Case Western Reserve University Robotics team, which competes at the NASA Robotic Mining Competition and other national challenges. She also competes in hackathons around the country with her school's computer science interest group, and expanded Case Western Reserve University's annual "Hackathon" event where students are challenged to code a project in 24 or 36 hours.