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Writing this memoir served two aims. Through the examination of intense political activity in my life, I have been able to trace my passage to independence. Mine is the story of many women born during World War II and raised at a time when the prevailing expectation of women in America was that they would marry, raise chldren, and be a supportive wife. My parents and my college instilled other beliefs in me and challenged me to do anything I wanted, certainly not settle for only wife and mother and supportive roles.

 

The second aim is political. During the 1980s a group of citizens in Seattle organized around a belief that ordinary people could influence governments to settle conflict through diplomacy rather than war.  I took up one small piece of this peace-making effort and charged forward.

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