Ohio Girl Scout who wrote viral letter 'ecstatic' to get letter from Hillary Clinton

12-year-old's letter on sexism goes viral (Video)
Twelve-year-old Julianne Speyer wants her voice to be heard, in a letter to the editor Speyer articulates her concern about what she perceives were sexist comments.
Twelve-year-old Julianne Speyer wants her voice to be heard, in a letter to the editor Speyer articulates her concern about what she perceives were sexist comments.

CHESTERLAND, OH (WOIO) - Julianne Speyer, the 12-year-old Girl Scout who wrote the viral letter to the editor about sexist comments received a personal letter from the former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton is a former Girl Scout and gave Julianne kudos.

Clinton wrote in the personal letter that she was proud of Julianne for "using your voice to speak up."

Clinton, a former Girl Scout, told Julianne to continue fighting. "Fighting for what is right is always worth it," Clinton said. "Never forget that you are valuable, powerful, and and worthy of every opportunity to fulfill your potential.."

Julianne was inspired to write a letter to the editor of the Maple Leaf after she heard a comment that "offended and disappointed her" while participating in the Fourth of July Parade in Chesterland. In a letter to the editor of the Geauga County Maple Leaf Julianne said, "The announcer labeled the Boy Scouts as "future leaders of America," she wrote, "and he said the Girl Scouts were "just having fun."

After the letter appeared on Facebook it went viral. That led to Julianne and her parents making an appearance in New York on the Today Show, where she received a standing ovation after reading her letter aloud.

Parade organizers did issue a statement that read, "There was an unfortunate misunderstanding of two unrelated comments. The announcer is a volunteer and made an observation that participants were enjoying the parade, with no disrespect intended."

Julianne's mother described the 12-year-old as "ecstatic" after receiving the letter from the former presidential candidate.

In an exclusive interview with Cleveland 19 just days after the letter went viral Julianne said, "I could just scream the message the girls can be anything they want to be. They can be in charge one day, we can be the leaders of America."

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