Hillary Clinton sent an inspiring letter to this 8-year-old girl who lost her school election by just one vote.

Morales family photo. Eight-year-old Martha Kennedy Morales ran a competitive campaign for class president at Friend Community School College Park in Maryland. The third grader, who is in a combined third and fourth grade class, lost by just one vote to a male classmate, a popular fourth-grader. Defeat can be disappointing on any level – from national to regional to scholastic – and words of wisdom can offer encouragement when one would otherwise give up. And that’s exactly what Martha got. When Hillary Clinton heard the election results (which Martha’s father posted on Facebook), she sent a letter of encouragement. “My mom was just picking me up from school, and she pulled the letter out of her purse,” Martha told …

Cyntoia Brown receives full clemency. She’ll use her freedom to help other young girls like her.

When she was 16, Cyntoia Brown killed a man who bought her for sex. After 15 years served, she’s been granted full clemency. Cyntoia Brown’s case has tested the limits of our justice system and gained the attention of criminal justice reform advocates and celebrities alike. Here’s a rundown of the basics of her case: Brown was born to a mother who abused drugs and alcohol and who placed her for adoption. As a teen, Brown ran away from her adoptive family and was taken in by a pimp, who raped her and forced her to into prostitution. In 2004, a 43-year-old real estate agent, Johnny Allen, paid $150 to have sex with Brown—then 16—and took her to his home. …