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Jill Biden is recognizing 15 young women from around the US for work to improve their communities

Jill Biden is recognizing 15 young women from around the US for work to improve their communities

First lady Jill Biden is recognizing 15 young women from around the United States for their advocacy on a range of issues in their communities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fifteen young women from around the United States are being honored at the White House on Wednesday for their advocacy on a range of issues in their communities, from lobbying for tighter gun laws and against banning books to encouraging civic engagement among Latinos and ensuring that everyone has access to menstrual supplies.

The issues that earned these 15 teenagers a trip to the White House are also priorities for the Biden administration, including first lady Jill Biden, who was convening the first “Girls Leading Change” event to celebrate Wednesday's designation by President Joe Biden as International Day of the Girl.

“These young women are protecting and preserving the earth, writing and sharing stories that change minds and turning their pain into purpose,” Jill Biden said in a written statement before the ceremony. “Together, they represent the potential of young people across the country, and it is my hope that others can learn from the power of their innovation, strength and hope.”