12-year-old Julia Butters opens a can of whoop a** in this latest challenge video
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A year ago, legendary stuntwoman Zoë Bell created the viral "Boss Bitch Fight Challenge." It featured A-list female action stars showing that they could still kick butt, even while social-distancing.

The video featured Scarlett Johansson, Rosario Dawson, Daryl Hannah, and Margot Robbie, just to name a few.

Bell is best known for her work in two Quentin Tarantino films. She played herself, performing death-defying stunts in "Death Proof."

She also had her car smashed by Brad Pitt in "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood."

The "Boss Bitch Fight Challenge" was a huge hit receiving over 2.7 million views on YouTube.


BOSS BITCH FIGHT CHALLENGE - Zoe Bell www.youtube.com


Now, Julia Butters, who played a precocious child actor in "Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood" has filmed her own "Boss Bitch Challenge" video where she proves that she can pack a punch, too.

In the video, Butters shows that big power can come in small packages as she battles her friends, mother, and Bell herself.



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While Meeks Gombe began her career working in an environmental chemistry lab, after observing multiple inefficient processes in and around the lab, she took the initiative to teach herself to code in order to automate and streamline those issues.

That sparked her love for coding and imminent career shift. Now a software engineer at Capital One, Meeks Gombe wants to be a similar role model to her childhood mentor and encourage girls to pursue any career they desire.

"I'm so passionate about technology because that's where the world is going," Meeks Gombe said. "All of today's problems will be solved using technology. So it's very important for me, as a Black woman, to be at the proverbial table with my unique perspective."

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Girls For a Change is one of many local nonprofits that receive support from the Capital One Impact Initiative, which strives to close gaps in equity while helping people gain better access to economic and social opportunities. The initial $200 million, five-year national commitment aims to support growth in underserved communities as well as advance socioeconomic mobility.

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