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State Honoree

Meredith Arensman

Kentucky

has organized the annual Louisville Girls Leadership Conference for the past three years, and is now the event chairwoman. Allison, a proud feminist and proponent of equal rights, was approached by women in the area who were concerned about the lack of leadership programs for girls. They wanted Allison’s help in putting together a conference that would help girls choose careers and make life choices with confidence and enthusiasm. Allison was thrilled to be involved. “This is a wonderful forum for girls to voice their concerns to their peers and begin to work towards a society where people are not limited by a chromosome,” said Allison. She started by creating a planning committee of fellow students who shared her passion for women’s rights. They selected workshop topics on mental and physical self-defense, the negative connotation surrounding feminism, and the movement of women into nontraditional careers. Allison handled public relations, secured an event location, identified speakers and sponsors, and organized volunteers. More than 500 girls and 400 adults have participated in the conference. “We must work to make sure that no one is inhibited by their race, religion or gender,” said Allison.