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Young girls and women today are full of incredible ambition and dreams. They are our future scientists, economists, artists, and politicians. But as a recent campaign from IGNITE National reminds us, not everyone believes in our girls the way we do.

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In the ad, a young girl with presidential ambitions gives voice to the impact discouragement has on young women.

As part of its #DeclareYourAmbition campaign, IGNITE, a national nonprofit devoted to developing women’s political leadership, is encouraging all of us not only to be mindful of how we respond to young girls when they express their passions, but also to support and foster the development of those dreams.

As Dr. Anne Moses, founder of IGNITE, shares,

We couldn’t agree more! This year we have our first female presidential candidate for a major party, but the number of women in elected offices remains dismally low.

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When we are unaccounted for in political leadership, it means our voices are not at the table when policy decisions are made that affect our healthcare, reproductive rights, families, and economic opportunities.

We are at our best when our leaders reflect the true diversity of our country.