Ruhy Patel, 17, lives in Doylestown, Pa. When she was 15 she was planning to run for student council office. "All the other people running were boys," she says, "and people were like, 'Well, you're not going to win.' You feel intimidated because you're the only girl in the room. It makes you question if you'd be OK in the field of politics."
Did she drop out? No.
Did she win? "I did!"
"I feel like it kind of makes you want to try harder when people say no," says Patel.