12-Year-Old Russell Township Girl Calls out Chesterland 4th of July Parade for Sexist Language

click to enlarge 12-Year-Old Russell Township Girl Calls out Chesterland 4th of July Parade for Sexist Language
Facebook.com / Christina Znidarsic
Twelve-year-old Julianne Speyer, of Russell Township, wrote a letter to the editors of the Geauga County Maple Leaf this month that called out the announcer of the Chesterland Fourth of July Parade for sexist language, (image above).

"The announcer labeled the Boy Scouts the 'future leaders of America,'" Speyer wrote, "and he said the Girls Scouts were 'just having fun.'"

Speyer asked that the Maple Leaf let others know "how much this kind of thing happens and how bad it is."

"I feel it is an insult to both girls and women of all ages," she wrote, of the announcer's language. "This kind of thing happens way too much and it is not OK at all."

We couldn't agree more. While the Maple Leaf published the letter in its July 19 edition, the letter does not appear on the Maple Leaf's website, though letters from the more recent July 25 edition do.

We'd like to help Julianne push out her message, too. She was disturbed by the announcer's language and took an action to correct an injustice. We could all learn from her example. Pass it on. 

(h/t to Christina Znidarsic.) 

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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