|Citizenship||United States of America|
|Years active||2021 - Present|
Paxton Smith was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. In her teen years, Smith was a student at Lake Highlands High School, a 6A Texas public school. She graduated as the 2021 class Valedictorian, using her graduation speech to address the Texas Heartbeat Bill. Smith now attends the University of Texas at Austin.
Career and Activism
Smith first gained International attention following her 2021 Valedictory Address at her high school graduation. The speech focused on the emotional impact of a Texas law that banned abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy. A few weeks after her speech, Smith began to write A War on My Body; A War on My Rights, along with several other contributors, including Gloria Allred and Wendy Davis (politician). In June 2021, Smith joined the Advisory Board at A is For, a non-profit that uses the arts to destigmatize abortion. Later that same year, Smith joined the Board of Directors at WRRAP, the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project, which funds abortions and emergency contraception in all 50 U.S. states.
|December, 2021||Voice of the Future||TheWrap|
|2021||Variety's Power of Women||Speaker|
|2021||Activist Summit||Closing Keynote Speaker|
|2021||Lake Highlands High School Graduation||Valedictorian Speaker|
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