Emmabella Rudd is an 18-year-old advocate and activist. Upon being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5, she decided she would do everything in her power to fight for underrepresented communities. At 11-years-old, she began advocating her legislators on Capitol Hill, which catalyzed her passion for social change and policy. Through these experiences, she has been able to develop and understand the importance of bipartisanship and compromise when working to create sustainable change. To date, she has raised over $350,000 for diabetes research and has educated thousands of students through her advocacy work.
Emmabella has written her own legislation in the State of Florida and is currently working towards lowering insulin prices on both the Federal and State level. Being a college student in Florida's Capitol was no mistake. As she runs the State of Florida’s #insulin4all movement, she plans to pass legislation to lower insulin prices and make insulin more accessible in Florida before she graduates from Florida State University in 2023. Traveling annually to advocate in Washington, D.C. has inspired her work to be a voice for those who are disproportionately impacted by the U.S. Healthcare system. Emmabella speaks at press conferences, testimonies, and news channels hoping to bring awareness to chronic illnesses, aspiring to one day fix the system that places profit before the people as bioethics and human rights lawyer. She has been recognized and received the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award by the Florida Holocaust Museum, the JDRF International Rising Star Award, and was featured in USA Today for her activism. Emmabella’s journey and mission have caught the attention of many—including USA Today, ABC7, and many local newspapers. She has appeared on many local news stations to provoke dialogue on change with an aim to educate the public and advocate for justice.
What motivates you?
"What motivates me changes every day. Storytelling has catalyzed my passion to create and advocate for legislation to lower insulin prices. Fighting to live beyond my type 1 diabetes every day has spearheaded my motivations to raise money to help cure, prevent, and treat this chronic illness. Coffee chats, Senate meetings, and phone calls with Florida State University students motivate me to help pass policy to better represent and aid marginalized communities on campus. My everyday lived experiences inspire my everyday dedication to creating change in the spaces I occupy, and this serves to constantly remind me of my drive and goals to serve and hold office."
What is your favorite quote?
“I didn’t get there by wishing or hoping for it, but by working for it.” Estee Lauder, and “Broken crayons still color.”
What is your favorite book/podcast/website?
"My favorite book is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. The narrative focuses on the historical generational trauma that a family faces due to enslavement and colonialism. The use of storytelling that Gyasi uses is prominent in understanding history, and how we decide to apply it to change harmful institutions and systems—such as systematic racism. The novel begins in the 18th century and the present day. It is a must-read for those wanting to understand racial injustice and the importance of working towards social change, in both the intersectionalities of gender and race."
What is one piece of advice you would give our readers?
"The best piece of advice I could give to a reader aspiring to make an impact, whether it is to run for office in a male-dominated field or to start advocating for your congressional representatives is to put yourself within those spaces—and take up that space. You hold your testimony, lived experience, stories, and identities—choosing to embody these within your everyday life and advocating on behalf of them allows for representation to flourish. This is your power and voice. By being true to who you are and giving yourself an opportunity to take up space, you can truly make an impact."