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Published October 29, 2013, 05:07 PM

Erin Gruwell, the woman Freedom Writers was based off of, is in Fargo inspiring women.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A California teacher whose work helped create a Hollywood movie is in Fargo - inspiring women in our community.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A California teacher whose work helped create a Hollywood movie is in Fargo - inspiring women in our community.

Her name is Erin Gruwell and the 2007 film Freedom Writers, with actress Hilary Swank, was based on her life teaching in the California public school system.

Gruwell is the United Way's Keynote speaker for the annual Women's Leadership Luncheon.

This year with nearly 700 women showing up to hear Gruwell's message.

And how it applies in our community, where nearly 6,000 children live in poverty.

Erin Gruwell: “As a teacher I think we can arm our kids with the opportunity to have a voice, to be civil rights advocates, to speak up, to fight oppression.”

Money raised from the event will help local children and students in early education.

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