Hillary Clinton reassures an 8-year-old girl who lost an election for class president in a letter, telling her she knows it’s not easy to run for “a role that’s only been sought by boys.”
According to CNN, Clinton wrote to Martha Kennedy Morales, a third grader at a Maryland private school.
“While I know you may have been disappointed that you did not win President, I am so proud of you for deciding to run in the first place.” Clinton went on to say, “As I know too well, it’s not easy when you stand up and put yourself in contention for a role that’s only been sought by boys.”
The Washington Post was the first to report on the letter, which Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill confirmed to CNN is authentic.
Martha told CNN she was “really excited” to receive Clinton’s letter, dated December 6.
“It was really touching to know that Hillary Clinton herself sent me a letter,” Martha told CNN. “That doesn’t happen every day.”
Martha was defeated in an election for class president, only losing by one vote to a male classmate. Martha was voted vice president instead.
CNN reports, in her letter to Martha, Clinton wrote, “The most important thing is that you fought for what you believed in, and that is always worth it.”
“As you continue to learn and grow in the years ahead, never stop standing up for what is right and seeking opportunities to be a leader, and know that I am cheering you on for a future of great success,” she added. Clinton also congratulated Martha on being elected vice president.