If one person can change the world, two can turn it upside down — in the best way possible. That's especially true when it comes to sisters who don't just share good genes, but genes for doing good.
And even though National Sisters Day is August 7, every single day of the year is a good time to celebrate the double positive impact these duos are making on the world.
Whether they're providing education opportunities for other young women or inspiring them to pursue their athletic goals, these five pairs of sisters prove that doing good is twice as nice when they work together.
1. Linda and Susanna Manziaris
Though just teenagers, these sisters are also both philanthropic entrepreneurs. One created a charity; the other created jewelry to fund it. Susanna, the elder of the two Manziaris, founded a charity called GirlsHelpingGirls, to which her lil sis Linda donates 50 percent of the profits from her handmade jewelry line, Body Bijou.
Together, they've funded school building, teacher training and 20 scholarships for girls in South Africa, Kenya and Jamaica, according to The Globe and Mail.
2. Serena and Venus Williams
This dynamic duo has been making tennis history on and off the court for years. Through their dedication and determination while playing, they prove their unparalleled strength as athletes. Through their interviews and speeches, they inspire women everywhere to work hard, be confident, and never give up on their dreams.
Particularly in the last year, Serena has become an outspoken feminist advocate for equalizing gender participation, and perception, in sports. She believes — and proves every time she steps on the court — that female athletes should be taken as seriously as male ones. These two sisters hold the first and second most tennis titles in the world, so it's not surprising they might think gender distinction is a unnecessary.
3. Melissa and Eva Shang
Melissa and Eva Shang
In 2014, Melissa Shang, a then 11-year-old girl with a form of muscular dystrophy called Charcot-Marie-Tooth, couldn't find an American Girl Doll differently abled like herself. Who better to help her change the way children with disabilities are represented than her older sister, Eva? Together, the sisters petitioned the President of American Girl, Jean McKenzie, to make the 2015 Girl of the Year a doll in a wheelchair. Though over 145,000 people signed their Change.org petition, the American Girl Company has not yet made a doll with a physical disability.
Still, the siblings used their petition as a platform for further good by promoting a Kickstarter campaign to fund a children's book called, Mia Lee Is Wheeling Through Middle School. After two years of hard work, the Shang sisters published their book on July 27. It is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format.
4. Amy Schumer and Kim Caramele
When they're not making nearly five million people bust a gut with their Instagram antics, these funny girls use humor on Inside Amy Schumer to make pointed and powerful statements about serious issues. Their sketches regularly incorporate feminist ideals, notably shedding a much-needed light on sexual assault in the military.
In response to the shootings that occurred at both a movie theater showing her film Trainwreck and the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, they've also used their show as a platform to advocate for better gun control. Beyond the TV screen, Schumer has worked with their cousin, senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), on expanding background checks for would-be gun owners. These sisters' greatest power lies in their unique ability to empower a national audience through information, as well as entertainment.
5. Maya and Gery Zlatanova
After Maya learned her sister suffered from bulimia nervosa, all she wanted to do was help. But after a few years of pills, doctors, hospitals, and no positive results, she realized her sister needed a treatment in development. She began looking up the 250,000 clinical trials available to the public, 100 of which were for eating disorders.
Like many people, however, she had difficulty understanding all the medical jargon. She knew she — and thousands of others — needed something like Google or Wikipedia to help them better understand clinical trials and, hopefully, find successful medical treatments.
She created FindMeCure, a "global search platform" that allows users find and compare available clinical trials based on their condition, location, and other personal criteria. She hopes to help other families make the right decision for their loved ones and themselves by empowering them with as many tools and resources as possible.
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