Not until nearly three decades into my life could I begin living as my complete self. My journey out of those early years from shame into pride and defiance evolved the way people often come into our own, through movements for social change.
Women throughout history have led revolutions. On February 28, 1917, women demanding bread for their children marched in the streets of Petrograd, joined by 90,000 men and women on strike. Days later the Czar abdicated, and the Russian revolution arose. During the French Revolution in 1789, a continuing shortage of bread caused women to march from Paris to Versailles, twelve miles in the rain, to confront the King. Later thousands of men marched from Paris joining the women chanting what became the French Revolution’s mantra, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”