My Pro-Choice Story

by Juliana, Student Advocacy Fellow at Emory & Henry College I had my first period on Thursday, January 15, 2009. I thought I was going to die. That period, and the many that would follow, would leave me in horrible pain all over my body. Once a month, I missed at least one day of…

Getting the healthcare I need, without shame and stigma.

by Caroline F., Student Advocacy Fellow at the University of Mary Washington I have been pro-choice for as long as I can remember. I’ve always believed that a person should have the right to control their own body without interference from the government or any other outside institution or group. However, I did not fully…

I Was Ready

by Maisie Blaufuss, Student Advocacy Fellow at the College of William & Mary I “went on” birth control pills for the first time when I was fifteen. I was a freshman in high school and I had ended up in the hospital twice in three months with bleeding so heavy and cramping so intense  These…

Take a Closer Look

by Juliana, Student Advocacy Fellow at Emory & Henry College Campaign attack advertisements are almost universally hated. How many times have we been watching television and suddenly a politician pops up to talk badly about their opponent and we just roll our eyes? They all use a bold, all-caps font to make their message seem…

Why I’m Voting

by Preethi Srikanthan, Student Advocacy Fellow at George Mason University After Trump was elected as our President, I was in a state of shock and disbelief. After all, despite the counter-arguments about Hillary Clinton, her competency and experience could hardly be denied in comparison. After I had a bit more time to process it, I…

“I was so depressed when Trump was elected.”

by Caroline F, Student Advocacy Fellow at the University of Mary Washington Almost every time I talk to anyone about anything regarding social issues and politics, I hear a variation of the same thing: “I was so depressed when Trump was elected.” This is a reality for so many people, including myself. However, what really…

Making progress one local race at a time

by Kristin Gleichauf, Student Advocacy Fellow at George Mason University “The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher standard.”- George McGovern I believe the best aspect of American democracy is open dissent, and nowhere is open dissent more…

Wondering Why You Should Vote for Justin Fairfax?

by Haley Hine, Student Advocacy Fellow at the College of William & Mary With Virginia’s election season coming up fast, you may be looking for a quick overview of the candidates running before heading to the polls to cast your vote. Look no further. On November 7th, 2017, you should head to your local polling…

Birth control is not a luxury. It’s basic healthcare.

by Haley Hine, Student Advocacy Fellow at the College of William & Mary I first went on birth control when I was 17 years old. Since my first period, I experienced intense cramping and bleeding every month. I would often faint in class and have such heavy bleeding that it required me to change my…

Why Local Elections Matter

by Hannah Weirs, Student Advocacy Fellow at the University of Mary Washington Voting is one part of the political process that I have been excited about since I was a senior in high school. One of the first things I did on my 18th birthday was drive to the library to fill out my voter…

My pregnancy scare made me a pro-choice advocate

By Hannah Weirs, University of Mary Washington Student Advocacy Fellow I have a strong memory of having a conversation with my mom about birth control when I was in middle school. I don’t remember most of what was said, but I remember how she finished the conversation: “when the time comes, we’ll talk about getting…

BY MAISIE BLAUFUSS, STUDENT ADVOCACY FELLOW AT THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY Elections are my least favorite part of politics.  That might sound strange for anyone who knows me, given that I have spent the last two years of my life entrenched in one campaign after another.  But I think that elections distract from…