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This 12 year old girl called out sexism in the best way

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The world would be better with more people like Julianne Speyer – who’s only twelve. 

What do you do when you see casual sexism in action?  If you’re anything like 12 year old Julianne Speyer, you call it right out.

Speyer was attending a 4th of July parade in her home state of Ohio when a commentator announced the Boy and Girl Scouts – and she wasn’t happy with what she heard. 

So she decided to write to her local newspaper to complain.

“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,” she wrote.

“The announcer labeled the Boy Scouts as ‘future leaders of America’ and he said the Girl Scouts were ‘just having fun’.  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 continued, saying that she had “always been taught that if you think something is unjust, change it”.

“So, this is how I am making a change.”

Speyer has picked up some fans along the way…

And it seems that Speyer did make a change – not only did her post go viral, but a fundraiser set up in her name raised over $1000 (around £750) for the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio.

Julianne: we salute you.

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Emily Reynolds

Emily Reynolds is a journalist and author based in London. Her first book, A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind, came out in February 2017 with Hodder & Stoughton. She is currently working on her second.  

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