Why an aspiring astronaut is campaigning for girls to see A Wrinkle in Time

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Susan Devaney

A young woman is campaigning to raise funds to pay for 1,000 girls to see A Wrinkle in Time when it hits the cinema in March. 

There are some people in this world who are truly hell-bent on making it a better place, and Taylor Richardson is certainly one of them.

After successfully campaigning to raise funds to be able to attend Space Camp, Richardson – an American aspiring astronaut – then used some of the money to pay for 100 girls to go see the 2016 film Hidden Figures. Why? Because she wanted young girls to see a film which shone a spotlight on the female African-American mathematicians who played a vital role at NASA during the Sixties.

Now, Richardson campaigning for funds to pay for 1,000 girls to see upcoming film A Wrinkle in Time. Her GoFundMe campaign, which began in November 2017, initially set a goal of raising $15,000 (£10,700). 

However, at the time of writing, she has surpassed the target and raised $18,000 (£12,800).

A Wrinkle in Time stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, and follows the story of Meg Murry (Storm Reid) who sets off on an adventure to find her missing father on a new planet. 

Directed by Ava DuVernay, with a screenplay written by Jennifer Lee, it’s an adaptation of the 1962 novel by Madeleine L’Engle. It’s a triumph for women, especially women of colour, which is exactly why Richardson wants to give young girls the opportunity to see it. 

“I’m so excited about the upcoming movie A Wrinkle in Time, which is scheduled to come out spring 2018,” Richardson writes on her campaign page, before listing reasons for other girls to be able to see it.

“It shows young, black girls deserving a chance to be a part of the sci-fi cultural canon. It has a female protagonist in a science fiction film. A brown girl front and centre who looks like me in the role of Meg, a girl travelling to different planets and encountering beings and situations that I’d never seen a girl of colour in. 

“Most impressive and importantly, it’s a fantasy film that is not about some white boys fighting evil, but about a black girl overcoming it,” she continues. 

Many people have taken to social media to applaud Richardson’s inspiring kindness. 

“A heavy heart on this Valentine’s Day. Bad things and people doing bad things get a lot of attention. Here is a good thing, and a person doing good things: Thank you #TaylorRichardson,” another user posted.

We applaud you too, Richardson. 

A Wrinkle in Time hits cinemas across the UK on 23 March 2018.

Images: Disney