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One week ago, my mom and I went to a screening of MAKERS: Women Who Make America” at Greenwich Country Day School. I wasn’t sure what my mom was getting me into, but as soon as the film started I was drawn in by how inspiring women can be.

I never knew much about some of the ladies in this film. For instance, I never knew the story of Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston marathon. I never knew women could be banned from races. That is so unfair!

At first I was intimidated by how I could make a difference in this world. These women all had big stories to tell. I don’t have one yet, but I realize that I can make a difference in small ways that might eventually lead to bigger changes. When I got home that night, I decided to make a to do list. I decided to make goals for myself that I could strive for during the week.

First, I thought I could go out of my way to be kind to someone that I do not normally hang out with. Maybe I could ask someone who usually sits at another table at lunch to sit with me. If I do this on a regular basis, others might catch on and maybe we could avoid different cliques starting in our grade.

At the bottom of my list, I wrote, “Be a MAKER!” and “Explore the world, not a screen!” because those quotes really inspire me to do better. I want to help. I want to be able to say to myself, “I made a change! I did it!” That’s my dream, and I will work so hard to make it come true!

I want to be a MAKER and make differences to help other people feel good about themselves and succeed in life and have equal rights in every single thing. Every, single, thing!