An Open Letter Regarding the Young Women’s Conference 2014

Dear Ms. Shriver and Ms. Witherspoon:

I saw a report on my southern California evening news about the conference you held today to empower young women; let me say that I believe it is important to inform girls and to encourage them to do well in school, participate in internship opportunities,  and so on.

However,  while this wonderful event included students from a number of schools across the region, it was held at The Brentwood School. I am sure it is a fairly convenient location for those of you who live in that area, but I am curious whether you plan to travel to areas where students may not have the level of economic or social advantage that the young ladies who participated today are privy to. The children, for example, in the public middle and high schools near my home in San Bernardino County do not get to hear such messages from successful women such as the two of you or such as the other guest speakers on the program.

Our children are not without inspiration or hope but would benefit from similar programs. Further, if they could be given support related to information on how they might avail themselves of internships and the other opportunities that were suggested today, they too might begin to explore greater opportunities in the future.

Such information should not be reserved for those of means only.

Thank you, and I welcome your thoughts.

Yours sincerely,

AR Neal

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