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   "I was married by the time I wasyour age," the elderly woman told me. I froze in mytracks. Married? Me? The thought was a hundred yearsaway.

I stared back at the 80-year-old woman. She wassincere. I couldn't even picture myself married. There are somany things I want to accomplish before marriage. But not her.She could have gone to college, but she didn't consider orcare to. There was no reason. She knew her role - to marry andraise a family.

I often take for granted the paved roadI travel on, paved by women pioneers before me. Fifty yearsago I wouldn't have played basketball, mostly likely notconsidered going to college and certainly wouldn't be editorof a school newspaper.

Because women before me decidedthey wanted an education, to be athletic and to build a life,I have the right to vote, receive an education, have workplacerights (although I still make only 67 cents for every dollar aman earns), and play sports and not be a babyfactory.

It's women like Eleanor Roosevelt, HelenKeller and present-day advocates Oprah Winfrey and CokieRoberts who have helped make a difference in the lives ofwomen. They make me proud and should be celebrated.



This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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