Eight years later and I'm still pretty in love with Lauren, not least because she's politically active and puts her energy behind work she believes in. She serves on the board of Planned Parenthood in North Florida, and their clinics are under attack and woefully underfunded. To help the funding crisis, she's called upon some female writer friends to donate signed books, artwork, and manuscript critiques: Molly Antopol. Jami Attenberg. Elliot Holt. Emma Straub. Jennine Capo Crucet. And more!
Check out the listings, and please, if you can, consider snatching up one of these awesome contributions and support access to the healthcare women need and deserve. Every bid helps, and the starting price is SO reasonable.
(Photo above from the 2004 March for Women's Lives, which I attended decked out in Kerry for Women gear, and yelled so much I lost my voice. We were living in DC then, and everything about my reproductive life felt so political. It still does. ) Photo of Lauren by Lucy Schaeffer.
Musically, I give you Sister Suffragette from Mary Poppins. Cast off the shackles of yesterday! Our daughters' daughters will adore us, and they'll sing in grateful chorus...