For most of my life, my focus has been on the human condition. I became an elementary school teacher to help catalyze non-violent conflict resolution, community building, and a generation of educated citizens. As a feminist, I have always believed that the personal is political and I took that to heart in trying to “be the change, I wished to see in the world,” as Gandhi advised. So, I have spent the majority of my adult life attempting to effect change through my livelihood and my personal life, including raising my children.
As an elder, I still believe in effecting change through my life’s work, which has led me to seek another graduate degree, this time in social work. But, I also feel like it is important to continue to speak out and to take action. Being part of a community of activists, of all ages, gives me hope.