12-Year-old Who Called Out Sexism at 4th of July Parade Got Personal Letter from Hillary Clinton

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Julianne Speyer, the 12-year-old Russell Township Girl Scout who made national headlines — and even appeared on the Today Show — for calling out sexist language used at a Geauga County 4th of July Parade, has received a personal letter from Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Channel 19 has reported that the former Secretary of State and presidential candidate sent Speyer a letter in late July thanking her for using her voice and for fighting injustice.

"As a former Girl Scout myself, I am not surprised to see you take up the mantle of this fight—one I have been participating in my entire life..." Clinton wrote. "Fighting for what is right is always worth it. As you continue to learn and grow, never forget that you are valuable, powerful and worthy of every opportunity to fulfill your potential. Onward!"

Channel 19, which conducted a TV interview with Speyer in the aftermath of the initial letter's publication, reported that Speyer was "ecstatic" to receive the letter from Hillary.

Speyer's letter, to the editors of the Geauga County Maple Leaf last month, called out the announcer of the Chesterland Fourth of July Parade.

"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. "This kind of thing happens way too much and it is not OK at all."

Chesterland parade organizers have apologized for the misunderstanding and said that the comments were unrelated. 

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