Jessica Sanders is an author and social worker; however she considers herself as more of a ‘social impact entrepreneur’. Jess has a passion for creating resources that nurture positive mental health and promote gender equality. Every project she pursues is born from the question, ‘Why does it have to be this way?’. Jess’s first book, Love Your Body is the perfect example of this. The book, which was originally crowd-funded through Kickstarter, was born from Jess’s refusal to accept that every girl is destined to grow up disliking her body. Not only is negative body image a waste of a girl’s precious energy and time, it also holds her back from achieving her full potential. When a girl doesn’t like how she looks, she performs worse in maths and comprehension. Seven out of 10 girls won’t be assertive in their opinion or stick to a decision. And another 8 out of 10 won’t engage in important life events with family and friends. Love Your Body has been sold into 25 countries and is the first children’s book to depict cellulite and stretch marks.
Currently, Jessica is working on several books and visiting schools regularly to educate primary-school-aged students on topics such as body image, mental health and staying safe on social media.