Dear Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Susan Brownmiller and Robin Morgan:

Along with my parents, you are my heroes.   You, along with my parents, are why my life is so great today.

You helped moved the masses to lessen the gap of gender inequality and fought for our body equality to keep Roe v. Wade intact at the federal level.

I was born in 1971.  I was almost 18 months old when Roe v. Wade was decided in January 1973.  I admit I have been in a cloud all my life thinking Roe v. Wade will be forever intact and will never be threatened.  This election really woke me up. This new administration is hell bent on moving women’s rights back 44 years.  I cannot sit back silently anymore taking our right to reproductive freedom for granted.

I will not let the young women and little girls of today think they cannot have the same child free life I had the freedom of having.

I am at this Women’s March because of you.  I am here to salute you and all you have done for millions of women in this country.  I am also here at this Women’s March for you.  I am here to help continue what you started.  Our work is not done.

I have lived my child free life unapologetically solely because of you.  You helped give me the right to be a unique individual with a specific set of hopes and dreams and live them out without guilt or judgement.  I would not have been able to have this type of life without you and I will be forever in your debt.

With all my love and gratitude,
Cricket C.

Olympia, Washington

January 21, 2017