12-Year-Old Girl Calls Out Sexist Announcer’s Remarks In Epic Newspaper Letter ?

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(Note: This article was originally written by Collin Gossel.)

Julianne Speyer, a 12-year-old girl, was attending the annual 4th of July parade in Chesterland, Ohio, when she noticed something that didn’t sit right with her. When the announcer introduced the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the difference between what he said about them seemed unfair to her. After she went home, Speyer decided to write a letter to her local paper, the Geauga County Maple Leaf.

The paper published her letter on July 19 so everyone could be inspired by Speyer’s presence of mind.

With pleasure, Julianne. #girlscouts#boyscouts #girlpower(Geauga County Maple Leaf, Thursday, July 19th 2018 Vol. 25…

Posted by Christina Znidarsic on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Speyer wrote:

My name is Julianne Speyer. I am 12 years old and I would like to inform you of how offended and disappointed I am by the announcer of the Chesterland 4th of July parade’s comment about the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

The announcer labeled the Boy Scouts as “future leaders of America” and he said the Girl Scouts were “just having fun.”

She continued:

I found this comment very sexist and patronizing. I would appreciate it if you would help me to let other people 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. This kind of thing happens way too much and it is not OK at all.

Speyer concluded her letter by calling us to action:

I have always been taught that if you think something is unjust, change it. So, this is how I am making a change.

Thank you for listening to me and I hope you can help me.

It seems many have already decided to acccept Speyer’s challenge. A GoFundMe was created to “Help Julianne Change the World.” Proceeds all go towards the “Girl Scouts of NE Ohio,” some of America’s future leaders in training.

Speyer also appeared on her local news to speak about why equality between the sexes is so important even at a young age:

12-Year-Old Girl Writes Letter To The Editor About Sexism That Goes Viral

“I could just scream the message that girls can be anything they want to be,” said 12-year-old Julianne Speyer. Her letter to the editor about sexist comments has gone viral! Take a look: http://www.cleveland19.com/story/38728798/is-comment-sexist Cleveland 19 News Chesterland News LLC Geauga County Maple Leaf Girl Scouts Girl Scouts of North East Ohio United Feminists Feminists for Nonviolent Choices Young Feminists and Allies: National NOW Virtual Chapter National Organization for Women (NOW) Cleveland Magazine Chris Tanaka Cleveland 19 News Romona’s Room Mark Nolan Nichole Vrsansky Cleveland 19 Jeff Tanchak Tiffani Tucker Cleveland 19

Posted by TVNewsLady on Thursday, July 26, 2018

Though only 12, Speyer is a role model for all of us. By eloquently calling out in a public space what might at first glance seem like a harmless slip of the tongue, she’s truly holding our society accountable for its own shortfalls. That’s what leaders do.She’s our hero too!

H/T – Upworthy, Cleveland.com