I’d like to participate in the march, but can’t. I need a lung transplant and am unable to walk long distances. Access to affordable healthcare is important to me as I work towards my goal of getting new lungs. As a woman, and as someone with a pre-existing condition, this is important to me more than ever.
In addition to this, I have three intelligent, independent daughters. I was a single mother and raised them on my own. They were able to go to school in part due to scholarships and federal funding. Because of this they all have Bachelor’s Degrees and two of them have Doctorates. Although I may not have always had the financial means to help them achieve their goals, there were opportunities for them that helped them become the successful women they are today. They are homeowners, they have good jobs, and they are happy.
Every woman in this country deserves the opportunity to get an education, to have access to health care and to be treated equally. There is no limit to what woman can become if she is given the chance. The girls of this country deserve to have these opportunities and to be able to make their own decisions.
BIOGRAPHY: I am a 60 year old woman from Largo, FL. I have a degree in Chemistry, and over 25 years of experience in quality assurance for medical devices. I also have three adult daughters (A pharmacist, an Environmental Engineer and a Quality Specialist).