|Emma González Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||November 11, 1999|
Emma González is an American activist and an advocate of gun control who is also one of the survivors of the horrendous Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that took place in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, and took away the lives of 17 students and staff members. Since then, she has become vocal about the need for gun control in America and has participated in various events to further the cause. Only after 3 days of the incident, she pulled herself together and gave an 11-minute speech in front of the Broward County Courthouse at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and it was then that the phrase “We Call B.S.” went viral. Emma also co-founded a student-led political action committee for gun control that advocates for tighter regulations to prevent gun violence called Never Again MSD. She identifies as a bisexual and was the president of the gay-straight alliance in her school. Her commendable work as an activist has amassed a major fan base for her with more than 2 million followers on Twitter and more than 200k followers on Instagram.
Florida, United States
Parkland, Florida, United States
Emma González studied in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida from where she graduated in the spring of 2018. There, she was the president of the gay-straight alliance as well as the tracking team leader on Project Aquila, a mission focused on sending a school-made weather balloon “to the edge of space”. The entire project was documented by a fellow student and another Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor, David Hogg.
Later, she got enrolled at New College of Florida in Sarasota, Florida.
Activist, Student, Advocate for Gun Control
- Father – Jose González (Cybersecurity Attorney)
- Mother – Beth González (Math Tutor)
- Siblings – Dan González (Older Brother). She has 1 other older brother as well.
Emma González self-manages her career.
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
52 kg or 114.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Cuban descent on her father’s side.
Light Brown (Natural)
- Broad smile
Emma González appeared in a Time 100 TV Commercial, Icons, in 2018 alongside the likes of Barack Obama, Carmen Yulín Cruz, and Chloe Kim.
Best Known For
- Being a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida
- Co-founding Never Again MSD, a student-led political action committee for gun control that advocates for tighter regulations to prevent gun violence
- Being a fierce, unapologetic, and outspoken activist working towards the better implementation of gun control. She has also become the face of the gun control moment.
First TV Show
Emma González made her first TV show appearance as herself in an episode of the news series, WGN Morning News, in March 2018.
Emma González Favorite Things
- TV Shows – The Office
Source – Variety
Emma González Facts
- She grew up in Parkland, Florida along with her 2 older brothers.
- It was the year 1968 when her father immigrated from Cuba to New York City, New York.
- As a student, Emma González takes an interest in creative writing and astronomy. However, like the majority of students, she does not like mathematics.
- She was in her school’s auditorium with dozens of other students when the horrific shooting took place. While Emma was trying to exit through the hallway, she was suggested to take cover and, therefore, she took refuge back in the auditorium until the police rescued the students after 2 hours.
- Emma González gave a remarkable 11-minute speech in front of the Broward County Courthouse at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in response to the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 17, 2018. She said, “We are going to be the last mass shooting,” and “That’s going to be Marjory Stoneman Douglas in that textbook, and it’s all going to be due to the tireless efforts of the school board, the faculty members, the family members and most importantly the students.” That was when “We call B.S.” came into existence and went viral.
- According to The Washington Post, her speech became symbolic to the “new strain of furious advocacy” which sparked as a result of the shooting.
- She, along with the other survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, met with Florida state legislators in Tallahassee on February 20, 2018, and became a witness to the legislature voting down debate on an existing gun control bill.
- Emma González appeared on the cover of Time magazine’s March 2018 issue along with fellow activists Jaclyn Corin, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and Alex Wind.
- She has become a sensation and the Glamour Magazine called her “the face of the #NeverAgain movement” and “a recognizable icon”. Moreover, The Washington Post called her “La nueva cara of Florida Latinx” (“The new face of Florida Latinx”) while NBC News called her “one of the most visible student activists to emerge from the shooting…”
- During her interview on 60 Minutes, Emma González said that the idea of arming teachers in classrooms with guns was somewhat “stupid”.
- In March 2018, after the constant efforts by the survivors and many more, the Florida Legislature passed a bill titled the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act which raises the minimum age for buying firearms to 21, establishes waiting periods and background checks, provides a program for the arming of some teachers and the hiring of school police, bans bump stocks, and bars potentially violent or mentally unhealthy people arrested under certain laws from possessing guns.
- A video showing González ripping up a copy of the United States Constitution also went viral. However, it was later discovered by Snopes.com that the video was, in fact, a digitally tampered Teen Vogue video of her tearing up shooting range targets.
- Emma has revealed in an interview that she convinced her parents to let her get a buzz cut by preparing a PowerPoint presentation. She has also said that her hairstyle does not imply anything specific and is just a preferred one that suits Florida’s climate.
- Emma González has described herself as indecisive citing that she is not even able to pick a favorite color.
- She is a major Netflix fan and often engages in activities such as drawing, painting, crocheting, sewing, and embroidering while watching her favorite shows.
- Follow Emma González on Instagram and Twitter.
Featured Image by Emma González / Instagram
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