When Morgane I.E. Richer La Fleche ’11 arrived on the Circle in the Fourth Form she was like a Canadian Clipper, blowing across the Groton landscape. She was fast-moving, quick-witted, and thoroughly determined to take advantage of all that Groton had to offer. She distinguished herself in the classroom as a thoughtful and clear-sighted intellect. An artist, she saw beauty in places that the rest of us missed. She was also a nascent feminist—committed to ensuring that women and girls achieve their potential in partnership with, not in opposition to, the men and boys in their lives.
As a sophomore at the University of Chicago majoring in history and minoring in Russian, Morgane continued to advocate for the rights of women. This month, she will travel as the Canadian representative to the Girls20 Summit, which takes place in Moscow alongside the G20 summit. The process of becoming a delegate to the summit is arduous, requiring several steps, and Morgane is astonished and humbled to be one of the 20 women chosen from around the world.
In Moscow, Morgane will join young women from the member states of the G20 and the African and European Unions in a weeklong conference that will address global issues concerning girls and women. Each delegate has received reading lists, briefing books, and other materials to help them prepare to discuss the complex and interrelated challenges faced by their contemporaries. They will participate in lectures, panels discussions, and roundtables to explore how they each might be agents of change and progress in their home communities. The group has a regular post on the Huffington Post.
Morgane’s plans to focus on encouraging girls to learn how to code, ensuring access for women to the upper echelons of government and commercial leadership, increasing the participation of women in STEM fields, and connecting directly to her Canadian roots—the crisis and exploitation of aboriginal First Nation women, including sex trafficking within aboriginal communities. Morgane intends to return to North America with a plan for addressing some of these issues, capitalizing on the collective wisdom and experience that her colleagues will bring to the conference.
We congratulate Morgane on this next adventure and can’t wait for her to report back to us on her experiences.