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Message on International Women’s Day

3/8/2017

By Hilde Kate Lysiak

When I first started the Orange Street News I never intended to be a role model to other girls. The truth is, I just wanted to be a reporter. All I cared about was getting the news to the people.

But it wasn’t long before I became a role model, whether I wanted to be or not. Every day I get messages from girls from all around the world who have heard about my work.

Many even say they are inspired by me. That is very flattering.

A lot of them first heard about the OSN after I was first to break the story on a murder in my hometown of Selinsgrove. After my reporting (which was much better than the competing newspaper who didn’t even get to the scene until more than two hours later) many people in my town were angry and told me girls should be “playing with dolls” and having “tea parties,” instead of reporting the news.

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I think that a lot of girls heard about that and saw my story and it made them think about some of the unfair ways people have treated them in their own lives. A lot of people ask me how I deal with it and if I get upset.

Yes, I get upset. But only for a minute or two.

See, I know that sometimes people treat me differently because I am young and I am a girl, but I am not a victim. I’ve never been a victim. I never will be a victim. I don’t think these kind of people really matter.People who want to judge me because I’m a girl can’t stop me. And they certainly can’t hurt me. These people have no powers over me. All they do is make themselves look small and stupid.

I know there are times when I still get treated differently because I am a girl. Recently, after exclusively breaking a story about allegations of corruption at a local fire station, haters came out and told me I should be “playing with dolls” (how original, right?)  Even the local District Attorney tried to push me around. But that didn’t work either. 

But I know that I am very lucky to live in America. In other countries girls are not as lucky as I am.

On July 28th, I met Malala Yousafzai. It was amazing getting to meet her! She used to live in a place where people thought girls can’t be educated. But she stood up to the government and got her education, anyway. One day, when she was on the way home from school, she was shot. After that, she moved to the U.K. and has not been able to go back to her home in Pakistan since.

Malala spoke about how in so many countries around the world girls don’t have the same chances to follow their dreams that I do.

Hearing those words broke my heart.

It made me think about all the young girls around the world and all the amazing things they could have created that we will never see because the people in power are trying to prevent them from showing their strength.

Are they afraid to see their strength? I don’t know.

I know so many of them are fighting very hard to be heard. I hope they keep fighting. I hope they never give up. I believe there will be a day when all girls have the same freedom that I have. I just hope that day comes soon.

Until then, they will continue to be my inspiration.

68 comments on “Message on International Women’s Day

  1. Ryan Smith
    March 8, 2017

    What an awesome editorial, Hilde! I’m an old reporter (nearly 40!) and let me say this: You’re absolutely right not to let government officials — or anyone who thinks girls shouldn’t be reporters — push you around. The only requirement to be a reporter is the desire to tell people the truth about what’s happening around them! Keep fighting the good fight and bringing great journalism to your community!

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  3. Meghan Marentette
    March 8, 2017

    Reblogged this on Meghan Marentette and commented:
    I want to share this blog with you from the Orange Street News, written by a 12 year old girl, Hilde Kate Lysiak. You might have heard of her – the 9 year old who was repeatedly told to go home and play with dolls when she began her newspaper in her small town, USA. I’m glad to say she is still reporting! She is a bright light in this world. But still, she is often told to go play with her dolls instead of being an intellectual inquisitive human being. She has a great attitude about it, and gives me hope for the women of our future. She had this to say for International Women’s Day:

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  4. Benay
    March 8, 2017

    You’re incredible — thank you for being you!

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Dewey Pittman
    March 8, 2017

    Wish I could live long enough to see you win your first election! You go, girl! You’re my hero!

    Liked by 4 people

  6. K. Paul
    March 8, 2017

    Your parents should be very proud of you young lady.

    Liked by 5 people

  7. Susan
    March 8, 2017

    Impressive, as always Hilde. You are an inspiration to this middle-aged woman!

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  8. Klemens Graf
    March 9, 2017

    Hello Hilde,
    Great Job! In times like this we need journalists who just telling the truth.
    Nevertheless they are young girls or old men.
    “Times like This” is ment as times when the credibility of the US-government is completly obliterated within less than a week after the inauguration of the president.
    (Kellyanne Conway: “… Alternative Facts …”)
    Free und unindepndent media are the backbone of any democracy, of a free and liberal society as it was menat by the creators of the US-constitution.
    Look at Turkey – more then 100 journalists are in prison, bcause they were doing they job. No free media -> no freedom for the people and no checks and balances.

    Yours sincerely

    Klemens Graf from Hilzingen, Germany

    P.S.
    Sorry for my English

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  9. Pedro
    March 9, 2017

    I served for over 30 years in the US Military, and in the countries I visited, girls/women were either respected and permitted to serve in their armed forces, while in other countries girls/women were not respected and instead seen as possessions to be controlled. Hilde, stay strong, and don’t let the people here in the US that have no concept of what a strong American is, because they are weak.

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  11. AC Smith
    March 15, 2017

    Hi, Hilde.

    I’m one of those who learned of your work when that first “controversy” went viral.
    As an aging news guy old enough to be your grandpa, I’ve been impressed and admiring of your work ever since.
    I confess, it’s been a while since I’ve been here — life kinda got extra busy in my corner of the world these past few months.
    So I’m just now seeing this op ed. Great perspective. Hard to believe that after three years “on the beat” there are STILL so-called adults that think they can discount your work or shrug you off.
    Stay true to yourself and your journalistic dreams.
    Our future needs young women like you.

    Cheers!

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  13. Aangi
    March 8, 2019

    Happy women’s day !! And ssly future needs women like you! Kudos!

    Liked by 4 people

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  16. Sanjay Thakur
    March 8, 2019

    Your journey is too impressive and now you become a role model for many women. I wish happy women’s day! Nowadays, many women are choosing fashion designing, this course is also the perfect choice. Top Fashion Designing Colleges in Delhi NCR.

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  17. zazaxmilesoff
    March 8, 2019

    Hi Hilde, you’re amazing! Don’t let anyone stop you or spoil your dream. Happy women’s day 🙂

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  18. tpmccabe
    March 8, 2019

    Hi Hilde, you might want to read up on Nelli Bly, she was an early female reporter who on assignment traveled around the world in 72 days in 1889: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/nellie-bly

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  19. indiglo loveless
    March 8, 2019

    You girls are absolutely amazing. I loved reading and watching your Orange News. Keep up the great work and keep reporting. I admire your Bravery on everything you girls are doing. Stay Awesome From a Supporter of Orange News Lisa Trindade

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  20. tpmccabe
    March 8, 2019
  21. franqpoett
    March 9, 2019

    What they fail to realise is that feminine power is power greater than the mindset of feminism. It’s such powerful that the world could not ignore its wave in resurgence. Its dignified and yet they try to cover a skyscraper with a thin cloth skin.

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  22. Mystory
    March 9, 2019

    Very Nicely written …it’s amazing …
    Happy women’s day…

    Liked by 3 people

  23. triople
    March 9, 2019

    It is time to accept the power of women in all sectors of the world. Educate them and empower them.

    Liked by 3 people

  24. triople
    March 9, 2019

    women are touching the heights of success in all fields.

    Liked by 3 people

  25. ادم
    March 9, 2019

    بسا

    Liked by 2 people

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    March 9, 2019
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  29. seekingthessentials
    March 9, 2019

    This is awesome! I love it, and everything you stand for/represent. Keep up the great work, you’re inspiring many more people than I think you know 💛

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  30. Marco Auciello
    March 9, 2019

    I personally believe fighting only give a birth to another fight. Sometimes we often forget to include the opposite side, make them feel more isolated. and It often creates another fight and anger out of selfdefense. women’s right is VERY important because that’s basic human right. women’s right, mens right, LGBT rights, and any human rights are basic fundamental human right. we are more connected than we can possible imagine. If someone has to speak out about mens right, it would offend women’s right group. but we should united as one and speaking our for human rights. I could be wrong but I thought I would share with you. only love and peace and bless the humanity.

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  31. Breonna Pendleton
    March 9, 2019

    This message is something the world should hear! It’s amazing talking about women and how important women are! Women should not be treated differently at all. Keep writing the world is reading:)

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  32. Chelsea Renee
    March 10, 2019

    You are wonderful. You have a great message to tell, and you are brave enough to tell it! My daughters will know about you because you are a beautiful example of how powerful it is to be true to yourself and use your talents to change the world! Thank you for sharing! I wish you luck in all of your endeavors!

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  33. Marginea Gândirii
    March 10, 2019

    Sorry I am the one that has to say this, but you spent the whole post patting yourself on the back about how hard it is to be a woman and how amazing you are for prevailing this insurmountable challenge. After that you use the face of real cases where women have real issues and think that by association you are in the same situation and even a role model. My desire is not to attack you or your feelings i only wish to give you a different perspective, might i say one more closer to reality. I wish you all the best!

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  35. Saawarni Sharma
    March 10, 2019

    Loved this post.

    Liked by 3 people

  36. Melissa Dian Giles
    March 10, 2019

    Your amazing for what you do. It is unfortunate they don’t have a choice and like you said will never be able to express the gift they hold inside. Here in the states we have a choice yet some many people play victim to their circumstance and can live their dreams. Here in the states people choose not to find the plan for their lives. I pray that your post reaches all the people in the states to see what goes on when people don’t have a choice and perhaps inspire people here to use the gift that God has given you to possibly make a change for these girls. Life seems to be unfair at times however god creates people to help one another know matter where you come from. High five to you for living your purpose and inspiring people to do the same. GOD bless you my friend.

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  37. marcelinogonsalves
    March 10, 2019

    I really salute you for your bravery and not looking at age or Gender but believing that you can do anything. Very Inspiring for woman’s month.

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  38. Bảo Minh
    March 10, 2019

    Hi

    Like

  39. Ms. Kitsch
    March 10, 2019

    Hilde, you’re incredible! Never stop writing, you’re doing amazing things, creating a wonderful future for yourself and are such an inspiration – even to me, and I’m 36! I’m proud of you. ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  40. Flash Me Photography
    March 10, 2019

    Your amazing!
    Thank you for supporting yourself and others in such an incredible way

    Liked by 2 people

  41. Musings&Roses
    March 10, 2019

    Happy international women’s day to all the amazing women out there.

    Liked by 2 people

  42. matrimonialsites149160764
    March 11, 2019

    That’s very wonderful said. Woman is the backbone of family.

    Liked by 2 people

  43. thedarkerbright
    March 12, 2019

    It was a very interesting blog. I’m a beginner to this. I would like you to read my blog on women once and give your opinion on it. https://darkbright686623960.wordpress.com/2019/03/11/women-empowerment-concept-v-s-reality/

    Liked by 1 person

  44. thegirlintheblackscarfweb
    March 12, 2019

    Love this!! Check out my latest post please ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

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  46. Ano
    March 15, 2019

    😉😉

    Liked by 1 person

  47. Chandler's girl
    March 15, 2019

    Beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  48. Saakshi🌸
    March 16, 2019

    Beautifully written

    Liked by 1 person

  49. Cleo aka Maphosa
    March 17, 2019

    Awesome, interesting and well expressed blog

    Liked by 1 person

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