I defined some dimensions of identity that I want to focus on in 2017. One of my Dimensional Goals for 2017 was Social. And the goal associated with Social was “Give to a charity.”
After the dramatic political and social climate of 2016, I knew I needed to do my part to fight for the change I wanted to see in the world. I spent a lot of time trying to decide what my “cause” was. What was the one thing I wanted to protect above all else? When I wrote my Feminist Belief System, the answer rang clear.
I want free access to birth control for all women.
I believe access to birth control is an up-stream solution that solves a lot of problems. Reduced abortions. Increased ability to pursue education and a career. Reduced health risks. FREEDOM for women to do what they please, when they please.
In my own personal life, I’ve chosen to be on birth control. Specifically the IUD Mirena. I’m currently on my second IUD and have had zero complications from it. (Sure, it hurts like hell when they put it in and take it out, but it’s brief and I survived.) I’m lucky. My health insurance covered my IUD 100% both times. So for almost 8 years, I’ve benefited from free birth control. If I had wanted a child over the past 8 years, I would have pursued that. But in my life, the desire for a child hasn’t come. And I’m grateful for every moment that my free birth control allows me to make that decision.
Over the last 8 years, I’ve had the freedom to:
- Graduate with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration
- (Almost) graduate with a Master’s in User Experience Design
- Continue to accelerate my career
- And build that career in a field that I love
- Travel without guilt
- Become a student of memoir
- Grow into an adult with hopes, dreams, passions and freedom
I knew that providing funds to increase free access to birth control would be my goal. Then, I had to pick where to give money.
I eventually decided on the obvious: Planned Parenthood.
This wouldn’t be a big choice for some, but for a girl raised in a conservative Christian family, who went to churches that sent people to pray outside Planned Parenthood fences, this was a big decision for me. I knew it was a decision that would hurt people I love – my mom most of all – but at the end of the day, Planned Parenthood provides services to women on a scale that no one else is providing. I believe my money will be used to help empower women, save lives, prevent unwanted births and scan for other diseases.
I’ve set up a monthly gift that I’ll proudly see go out of my checking into someone else’s hands, who can do good work & help make someone’s life just a little bit better.
I encourage you to define your cause and do the same.