“All of my children are 13 years apart. The first was born when I was 19, the next one at 32 and then the last one at 45. In 2009 I was sentenced to serve 24 months in a Federal Prison. It was horrible, I wasn’t there for my babies.” Andrea James is the founder of Families for Justice as Healing and the author of “Upper Bunkies”.
“I was on an airplane with my family and was seated next to an older man. He asked me to play Go-Fish, and while playing his hand started going up my skirt. I stood up and moved to an empty seat next to my brother. I was twelve years old, going through puberty, and thought I was doing something wrong – I always felt I was running away from my body. I wanted to cover up to avoid all the predatory sexual advances from grown men. I’m working through that body stuff now and working on empowering women in through my work in Ghana.” – Rahama Wright, a former Peace Corps Volunteer, is the founder of Shea Yeleen, a social enterprise that promotes sustainable economic development in rural Sub-Saharan Africa.
“When I was giving birth to my first daughter – she was a face presentation, so the doctor did an emergency C-section. They didn’t tell me I was having surgery, they just put me under. They told my husband, but he wasn’t allowed in the room. I was in my twenties and I woke up with this big scar and felt that my body had been mutilated. I was very athletic and in good shape, I considered it a failure that I didn’t deliver my baby on my own. Then, I had two more daughters, two more C-sections – when the third one was born my oldest daughter was only two.” -Barbara Hull, retired genetics counselor and mother of three.