Student survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were named the world’s greatest leaders of 2017 by Fortune magazine.
Students at the Parkland, Fla., high school, as well as students at other schools protesting gun violence, were recognized for their efforts on the magazine’s annual list.
“If 2018 becomes the year that the United States finally begins to tackle its disease of gun violence — an epidemic that steals nearly 100 American lives every day — it will be due not to the good sense of elected officials, but rather to the courage, tenacity, and sheer eloquence of students like Emma González, who bore witness to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings with an unforgettable speech, and long moment of silence, at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C.,” the magazine’s essay states.
Fortune also recognized the work of other student activists, particularly those who are combatting everyday gun violence.
The magazine highlighted Naomi Wadler, the 11-year-old who last month spoke about the shooting deaths of African-Americans at the March for Our Lives, and Nza-Ari Khepra, who has founded two anti-gun violence efforts.
The Parkland survivors have emerged as vocal advocates for gun control in the weeks since the mass shooting at their school that left 17 people dead.
They organized the March for Our Lives in D.C. last month, which was attended by hundreds of thousands of people and sparked sister events in cities across the world.