Now more than ever, age knows no limits. Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate at age 17 while high schoolers across the nation have been protesting the consistency of school shootings. TIME recently released this year’s list of 100 Most Influential People and among the politicians and entertainers were the names of a rising generation. In the process of choosing candidates, TIME states, “Influence increasingly knows no single zip code and no minimum age.”
Actress Millie Bobby Brown made history this year as the youngest person to ever make the list at 14. She joins the ranks of 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim and gun activist Emma Gonzalez. Their contributions have reshaped the entertainment industry, taken athleticism to new heights, and instilled a fire in us to create a better tomorrow. See below for the five youngest people to ever make TIME’s 100.
Malala Yousafzai, 2014
2014 was the first year Malala made the list but not the last. Having survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban at 15 for speaking out about education disparity in Pakistan, Malala has since taken her efforts abroad. One memoir and Nobel Peace Prize later, she continues to be an advocate for education rights.
Lydia Ko, 2014
Lydia became a professional golf player at 15. Half a year later, she made TIME’s 2014 list, a foreshadowing of her becoming the youngest golf player to be ranked No. 1 just two years later.
Millie Bobby Brown, 2018
Millie became on our radar when she first appeared on Stranger Things as Eleven. Two years and two seasons later, she’s shown a talent and maturity beyond her 14 years of age. In a statement penned by actor Aaron Paul, he wrote, “A wise woman was speaking from her cherubic face…She somehow understands the human experience as if she has lived it for a thousand years. I’m proud to know her.”
Chloe Kim, 2018
17-year-old Chloe made her debut appearance at the PyeongChang Olympics, but you’d have thought it was her second or third Games. Having not been qualified for the Sochi Olympics because of her age, not her skill, Chloe won gold in South Korea in the half-pipe competition in an overdue victory.
Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin, David Hogg and Alex Wind, 2018
The Parkland students are currently accomplishing something that only they and those of their age can do. After surviving the mass shooting at their high school, they’re giving voice to high schoolers across the country and inspiring others to take control of the conversation with adults on the receiving end. Barack Obama praises their efforts, “But by bearing witness to carnage, by asking tough questions and demanding real answers, the Parkland students are shaking us out of our complacency.” He concludes, “If they make their elders uncomfortable, that’s how it should be. Our kids now show us what we’ve told them America is all about, even if we haven’t always believed it ourselves: that our future isn’t written for us, but by us.”