Candace Owens on Thursday is speaking at Turning Point USA's Young Women's Leadership Summit, a conference for young, conservative women between the ages of 15 and 27.

Owens, communications director for Turning Point USA, said she has a simple message for the young women: "Be able to think for yourself. Be independent."

"Identity is OK. It is OK to be a woman, it is OK to be black, and you should celebrate all of the differences that we have, but these differences should not be politicized," Owens said on "Fox & Friends." "You should still maintain your individuality."

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She said she tries to convey the importance of independent thought and free speech when she speaks at universities across the country.

“It’s really important, regardless of where you stand politically, that students are introduced to different ideas. It’s the only way they can learn," Owens said.

She said many college campuses are not welcoming to conservative speakers, but she's encouraged to see that Louisiana just became the tenth state to pass a law protecting free speech on campus.

"I hope this is a wave that is catching and that people understand the importance of this. They don't understand how bad it's actually gotten on college campuses," Owens said. "This feels like a major win for us at Turning Point USA. This is what we fight for every single day."

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