On April 17, 2012, I became a citizen of the United States and earned my right to vote. Leading up to this date, I became increasingly aware of my rights and limitations as an immigrant and the stigmas created by those limitations. There were certain privileges—such as voting in presidential elections—in which I had not been allowed to participate and would later in 2012 be able to express my opinion for the first time.
I was empowered! The more I learned about the risks we faced as women in the upcoming election, the more horrified I became. I wondered how deeply my life would be affected if Roe vs. Wade was overturned. Free birth control was so equalizing, it didn’t seem real. Women’s reproductive health choices were so precariously balanced—not in my hands, but in the hands of a government that so fearfully wanted to turn things back to how it was decades ago! (more…)