When did you first start to advocate for women’s issues?
In college, actually. I grew up in a rural farming community in central Pennsylvania. My father is a pastor now, and we have always been a very observant, conservative Christian family. My first semester, I signed up for a women’s studies course because I wanted to see what all this ruckus was about. I was going to show them that I didn’t really believe in these things, but I was just completely blown over.
What did your parents say when you shared these new ideas with them?
“Oh, my gosh, we’re paying a lot of tuition for this.”
If issues like abortion access and reproductive health are so important to you, why did you choose to go to law school at Georgetown, a Jesuit university?
You’re saying I should have read the admissions literature more closely? I made the choice to go to Georgetown based on the factors that most students take into account. They offered me a scholarship, and they have the best public-interest law program that I saw, and they have some really fabulous faculty around feminist jurisprudence. It’s unfortunate that women have to choose between comprehensive affordable health care and the best quality education they can have.
By Jill on June 26, 2012
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Jill has been blogging for Feministe since 2005.