Britain's Most Inspiring Women Under 30

They say age ain't nothing but a number - and for these women, it's the absolute truth.

From campaigning to blogging, starting new businesses to rewriting the rules of the long-accepted status quo, these names and faces are shaping our future, and showing girls around the globe that anything is possible.

Check out some of Britain's most inspiring women under 30... 


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Name: Alice Gray Age: 24 What you need to know: The science blogger from South Wales has made it her mission to get more women into STEM and to raise awareness of the roadblocks women in the industry are up against, which she writes about on Mind-Ful of Science.  "Women are incredibly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and maths, and are significantly more likely to be employed below their skillset. Not only are women being stopped from reaching their full potential, but studies have shown that lack of diversity can really affect the quality of scientific research," she says.   Credit: Via Twitter/AliceJaneGray

Who: Emily Brooke Age: 29 What you need to know: The British entrepreneur came up with her first winning idea as a design student in her last year of university at Brighton: the Blaze bicycle light, which projects a laser image of a bicycle five metres ahead to warn motorists there is a cyclist in their blind spot. She picked up the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award 2015.  Credit: Emily Brooke by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot

Who: Emma Blackery Age: 24 What you need to know: The singer-songwriter and vlogger from Essex initially used her YouTube channel to promote her music, but is now known her comedic sketches and inspiring words. With over 1 million subscribers, she's an uplifting and positive force in the vlogosphere for young women to look up to.  Credit: Emma Blackery by Jo Hale/Getty Images

Who: Jessy McCabe Age: 18 What you need to know: When 17-year-old McCabe noticed that her A-level music syllabus didn't include a single female composer, she launched an online campaign, wrote letters to the education secretary, Pearson and exam regulator Ofqual, and guess what? The A-level syllabus now includes five works by female composers. That's called getting it done. "This has got to change. How can we expect girls to aspire to be composers and musicians if they don’t have the opportunity to learn of any role models? How can we accept that the UK's largest awarding body doesn't adequately acknowledge the work of female musicians? Why are we limiting diversity in a subject which thrives on its astounding breadth?" she wrote.   Credit: Via Twitter/jessy_mccabe

Who: Olivia Wollenberg and Ella Woodward Ages: 27 and 24 What you need to know: The queens of all things "clean" are more than just food gurus - they're entrepreneurs whose cookbooks are as coveted as their healthy-living lifestyles. Wollenberg is the woman behind Livia's Kitchen, and specialises in creating sweet dishes with a twist and unexpected ingredients, while Woodward is the mastermind who created Deliciously Ella, known for her wholesome, refined sugar and wheat-free recipes. Credit: Olivia Wollenberg and Ella Woodward by Greg Blatchford/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Who: Melanie Goldsmith Age: 27 What you need to know: This young entrepreneur (along with co-founder Emile Bernard) has invented what we've long been dreaming of: edible alcohol. Her brand, Smith & Sinclair, makes the world's first alcoholic fruit pastilles - think deconstructed cocktails in the form of sweets - and is forging a new path between the food and drink industries.  Credit: Twitter via SmthandSnclr

Who: Meltem Avcil Age: 23 What you need to know: Avcil has seen more than most women three times her age, when she was detained in the controversial Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre at the young age of 13. A campaigner and activist, Avcil wants to ensure no other girls have to go through what she did. She joined the charity Women for Refugee Women's campaign to end the detention of children at Yarl's Wood and is now fighting to close the centre down and stop the detention of female asylum seekers, with a petition that has already amassed over 100,000 signatures. "I couldn't move on knowing a place like Yarl's Wood exists," Avcil has said. "Just because I was free, why shouldn't I do anything about it? When I was in the centre, I never imagined I'd be backing a petition with so much support so I'm really shocked and grateful that I've been able to do this." Credit: Meltem Avcil by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Who: Mhairi Black Age: 22 What you need to know: While most of us were scoffing kebabs and partying the night away in our early twenties - otherwise known as the uni years - Black had bigger plans: making history by becoming the youngest Member of Parliament elected to the House of Commons since at least 1832. She was 20 years old when she defeated Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander and became MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South. Her maiden speech went viral online as she launched a humorous and sobering attack on the Conservatives. "I am the only 20 year old in the UK that the Chancellor is prepared to help with housing," she declared. Credit: Mhairi Black by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Who: Mohima Ahmed Age: 21 What you need to know: A digital pioneer and Imperial College student in biomedical engineering, Ahmed is a trustee at Apps for Good, which helps to give youngsters the opportunity to create apps that change the world. Ahmed is doing precisely that: she created a Bengali to English translation app to help parents communicate with teachers. Watch. This. Space. Credit: Mohima Ahmed/Twitter/TheMohima95

Who: Muzoon Al-Mellehan Age: 17 What you need to know: The refugee and activist known as the "Malala of Syria" settled in the UK this year with her family, after spending the past three years in refugee camps in Jordan. While living in the camps, she took up an important cause: trying to keep girls in the camp's makeshift school rather than letting their parents marry them off.   "Education is important for me because I know it gives me strength, it makes me realise what is happening around me so that I don’t have to rely on the community, it also gives me the independence needed to become reliable in the community as an educated person." Credit: Muzoon Al-Mellehan by Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Who: Zoe Sugg Age: 26 What you need to know: The vlogger, author and all-around brand known as Zoella is proof-positive that with some hard work and determination, you can really conquer the world. Zoella's YouTube channel, which she uses as a forum for discussing mental health issues as well as fashion and beauty, boasts over 10 million subscribers and her endorsement deals, books and beauty line reportedly help her to earn over £50K a month. Should we quit our day jobs yet?  Credit: Zoella byDavid M. Benett/Getty Images for Zoella Beauty