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One of life's blessings and curses of living all my life as a woman in the United States, is that I have memories how life was and has evolved to what life is like for women today.


When I was in the 6th grade, I was part of a movement to stop our elementary school from forcing girls to wear dresses during the winter. Even though we lived in CA where winters tended to be mild, the schools had a gender specific dress code. One day, all the girls sat on the asphalt of our playground demanding the right to wear pants. Our pictures were in the newspapers with their parents who supporting them. Our school protest shattered the norms of society at a time when "sit-ins" were common during the Vietnam War, and bunch of 10 and 11-year-old Girls won the battle against the injustices of our school. Today, be