For 62 years, Glamour Magazine has produced an annual list of exceptional female college students across the United States who are changing the world with their work. The College Women of the Year list seeks to honor extraordinary and exceptional women across all fields, including scientists, artists, activists, business women, and athletes, and this year, on their 2019 College Women of the Year List, they have recognized our co-founder and President, Abigail Harrison!
Past winners have included Martha Stewart in 1961, America’s first youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, in 2018, and Katiti Kironde in 1968, who made history as the first black woman to be featured on the cover of a major womens’ magazine. Glamour Magazine’s College Women of the Year list has identified many remarkable women who have gone on to be successful businesswomen, renowned athletes, and public officials.
Glamour’s College Women of the Year list highlights young women who are stepping up and making an impact in bold ways by refusing to doubt their own gifts, passions, and abilities. This annual list of 10 amazing students serves to inspire women everywhere to do the “crazy” or “impossible” things–maybe even to be the first. The women named on this this list are the strong young leaders asking “Why not me?” and “If not me, then who?”
Our co-founder Abigail Harrison has been included in the 62nd class of winners, along with nine other recipients, which include UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, nineteen-year-old author Camryn Garrett, political activist Taylor King, city council member Avra Reddy, mental health advocate Gabby Frost, environmental scientist Kiara Nirghin, Student Academy Award winner Hanna Kim, computer scientist Kavya Kopparapu, and University of Alabama’s URGE (Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity) President, Annabeth Mellon.
Each of these women was hand-picked for the strides they are making in their fields and communities, and our co-founder and president Abigail Harrison is no exception. Glamour calls Abigail a “STEM warrior” and highlights the dream and passion she’s had for space travel ever since she was old enough to gaze into the wonder of the night sky. Abigail has been honored for her ambition and accomplishments in areas that are traditionally male-dominated, such as aviation, space, and STEM. She is also recognized for the ways she has supported and advocated for other women and girls to do the same. Not only does she want to go where no person has gone before, but she wants to make that impossibility possible for other women. Part of Abigail’s goal in founding The Mars Generation was to promote female representation within STEM and bring opportunities and exposure to other young women who may not experience it otherwise.
With Abigail’s recent graduation from Wellesley College this spring, she will be leaving behind her status of “college woman” for the next year while she focuses on the The Mars Generation and works for Wyoming Stargazing as an astronomy educator. After her gap year, she plans to attend graduate school with the goal of a PhD in astrobiology or planetary science, always keeping in mind her big dream of one day becoming the first astronaut to go to Mars. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll see Abigail not just as one of the College Women of the Year, but as a Glamour Woman of the year.
We are so proud of Abigail and all she has accomplished since her co-founding of the Mars Generation and her time as an undergrad student, but we are even more excited to see all she goes on to do and how she will continue to positively impact the world. With your help and support, we’ve seen her walk across the stage at graduation at Wellesley, and we hope that with the help of a generation of big dreamers we’ll get to see her walk across the surface of Mars one day too. Congratulations Abigail “Astronaut Abby” Harrison, and thank you for all you do!