Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

At 40 Years Old

At 40 Years Old

More From Whitney

In this video

Tagged as

As she has grown older, Smith has realized not to waste time and energy caring about what others think of her.

Whitney's Biography

Defining the F-Word: A feminist is simply distinguishing yourself between a woman and a doormat.
Three Words to Describe Herself: "Honest, imperfect, and determined."
Ideal Interview Subjects: Marina Abramovic and Pink
Message for Young Women: "It feels like the world is big and scary and overwhelming, but the older you get, the more it feels like it'll be okay."

Whitney Smith is the Founder of Girls For a Change, a national organization that empowers girls to create social change. Prior to founding GFC, Smith worked at the executive level of county government in Silicon Valley, as an advocate and policy designer for issues facing women. Before joining government, Whitney worked with Girl Scouts of Northern California for six years creating and managing programs for girls in juvenile detention centers, the daughters of women in prison, and girls living in low-income communities.
Smith began her career as a social advocate in college, where she initiated and developed the first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) support group in the Pennsylvania state university system. She is a member of The Clinton Global Initiative, and an Advisory Board Member for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives, and the National Girls Institute. She is also a Board Member for Thinking Beyond Borders, and is serving as an Advisor to the National Women Studies Association.

Related Videos

Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta
Co-Founder, United Farm Workers

Dolores Huerta is a union leader and an activist for the rights of farm workers and women. Along with Cesar Chavez, she founded the first successful farm workers union in the count...

Lynn Povich
Lynn Povich
First Female Sr. Editor at Newsweek

Lynn Povich is an award-winning journalist and women’s rights pioneer. In 1970, she helped organize a landmark sex discrimination suit against Newsweek, and in 1975, became t...

Kathy Kusner
Kathy Kusner
First Licensed Female Jockey

Kathy Kusner is a pioneering jockey who became the first licensed female jockey in the U.S. Growing up, Kusner couldn't afford a horse of her own, but she worked in stables so ...

Lydia Cincore-Templeton
Lydia Cincore-Templeton
Foster Youth Advocate

Lydia Cincore-Templeton is the President and CEO of Children Youth and Family Collaborative, an academic and social development organization serving over 4,000 foster and at-risk y...