I was honored to be the first keynote speaker at the glorious NOTMOMSUMMIT Oct 6-8th, 2017. They call me a "pioneer" in the childfree lifestyle. It's probabaly because I came out to being a proud childfree -by -choice woman on the national TV show, "60 Minutes" in 1974! As a result, I lost my job as a passioante teacher, faced death threats and had to be taken across picketing lines waving "Godless Bitch" signs when I spoke.
It brought me into the realities of pronatalism and how too many people feel threatened by a personal lifestyle choice.
Over the next 43 years, I was a childfree activist! (I still am at almost 75!)
However, even with the attention I received from the first book I wrote, "Confessions of a Childfree Woman" I never felt so proud and touched by the outpouring of hearts who attended the NOTMOMSUMMIT.
This was a re-defining moment in my life. To feel the love, see how much we need more summits and value how many childless women are now re-thinking coming from being a victim to choosing and controlling their lives.....mere words can't express how humbled I feel. Touching other lives is a gift you give to yourself.
To those women who gave me deliciously yummy hugs, cried in my arms, and validated the need to take a stand and be that stand, I thank you.
I now feel I have many sister-friends and hope our paths can cross again.
Heartfelt thanks to Karen nd Laura for making this something I'll remember to the end of my life.