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Merry, 54

In 1972, as a 16 year old girl in high school, I instituted the “sex information center” at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, NY. With the support of one gym teacher and a couple of other young women, we took on the establishment of governing bodies as well as parents.  We took a huge personal beating, but we did get to open our center in the NYC public school system. A huge victory for us, we could not wait to get started, teaching women about their reproductive health and most of all, providing information about birth control.  Nothing could have prepared us for what was to come.  Sadly, no one came until it was too late, and we ended up being more of an abortion referral network than anything else.  I never stopped my efforts to speak out about a woman's right to her reproductive health.  There have been many disappointments along the rocky road and now with our difficult economy I have watched so many funds cut to our cause. Still we must carry on and be vigilant. One step forward, two steps back.  I am proud of a life time of joining my sisters in the fight for women’s rights and live now as a power of example for my daughter’s generation. Soon I will pass the baton to a beautiful new generation of women, more educated and powerful than ever before. It is my great pleasure and honor to bear witness to their success.

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