Girl power

Inspirational speech brings 13-year-old musician to the same stage as her hero Hillary Clinton

At the Women in the World Summit in New York, Isolde Fair’s ‘To All The Little Girls’ filled the audience with hope for the next generation of feminists

When Hillary Clinton made her gracious and inspiring concession speech following her defeat in the 2016 presidential election, she took particular care to offer hope to the next generation.

In a statement that moved many to tears, Clinton made a special acknowledgement of her youngest followers. “And to all of the little girls who are watching this: Never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams,” she said.

That excerpt from her speech became the most retweeted election-related tweet, and also inspired a 13-year-old music student in California to write a song, “To All The Little Girls”, that has been viewed more than 260,000 times since it was posted to YouTube. Even Clinton appreciated the song, thanking its creator Isolde Fair on Twitter and adding clapping and sparkle emojis.

On Thursday, Fair performed the song at the Women in the World Summit at New York’s David Koch Theater – just a couple of hours before Clinton was scheduled to take to the same stage. Fair, who first recorded the song with her classmates from the Sol La Music Academy in Santa Monica, was accompanied by performers from the Renaissance Youth Center. The New York City program, based in the South Bronx, aims to empower at-risk inner-city youth to become law-abiding citizens through focusing on their talent and on teamwork. The Bronx is one of the United States’ poorest Congressional Districts.

Watch Isolde Fair’s original clip for ‘To All The Little Girls’ below:

Additional reporting by Emma-Louise Boynton.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is independent of and separate from any views of The New York Times.

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