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Opening Up Opportunities

This edition of "Women Working to Do Good" spotlights Molly Heineman, a young woman who founded an organization to provide opportunities for children in Uganda.

While it is important to highlight amazing women every day of the year, the 31 days in March provide women an extra special platform. As promoted by the President’s proclamation, March is Women’s History Month, a time to recognize the incredible achievements, passions, and dreams of women and girls nationwide. In honor of International Women’s Day on the 8th, spotlighting a woman this week whose work spans the globe makes perfect sense.

Molly Heineman

Molly Heineman. (Photo Courtesy of HelloGiggles)

This issue of “Women Working to Do Good” recognizes Molly Heineman, an inspiring young woman who founded an organization to provide opportunities for children in Uganda. Through her work, Molly stresses the importance of education in helping all children reach their full potential. The author writes,

Despite all they had in common, there was one striking contrast between Molly and the Ugandan street children she worked with. Molly had an opportunity to get a college education, and they did not. By a simple luck of the draw, they had been born into a life of poverty, with little chance of escape. “When I met these students who had been accepted to college and didn’t have the opportunity to go because there wasn’t funding I felt that it was just unfair,” Molly said.

Molly is living up to March’s namesake by taking advantage of the opportunities we are provided as Americans and creating opportunities for others worldwide. It reminds us all to step up and recognize the power each of us has to change a life.

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 Ronnie Cho is an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.