This 7-Year-Old Girl Sent A Letter To Her Principal Explaining Her Absence On "A Day Without A Woman" — UPDATE
The women’s strike — aka “A Day Without A Woman” — is tomorrow, and women and allies around the country will participate to show the economic power of American women. On Twitter, two letters from young girls about joining the women’s strike show that grown-up women won’t be the only ones participating in the event. The letters, in which a 7 and a 10-year-old explain to their principal why they won’t be showing up for school on Wednesday, prove that you’re never too young to start demanding equal rights.
UPDATE: Laura Moreschi, mother to the two letter writers, tells Bustle how she and her daughters ended up spending International Women's Day, saying, "We intended to spend the day writing letters to representatives, learning about women leaders, and maybe tweeting our activities. Ultimately we spent much of the day speaking with media which she decided was an important addition to the day in terms of spreading the message and inspiring others to act!"
"The school has been amazingly supportive," she adds. "[Lottie's] teachers told her they were proud of her and her principal called and wanted to say how proud she was of their civic engagement."
Moreschi believes that the letters have gone viral because they've given people hope. "I actually think that people see their passion, enthusiasm, and willingness to participate as a sign that the future is going to be brighter," she says. "Lottie keeps saying 'We are tomorrow's big people' and by that she means we need to pay attention now because when it's our turn we need to be ready."
EARLIER: On Monday, Raleigh, North Carolina, mom Laura Moreschi posted letters on Twitter written by her daughters about why they’ll be striking from school tomorrow. Her 10-year-old’s letter to her principal read,
I would like to participate in “The Day Without Women” protest. I am going to write a letter to the editor, contact my congressman, and do whatever I can to make my voice heard. With your permission I would like to be excused from school this Wednesday. I will talk to my teachers and get my school work ahead of time but I would just like you to know the reason of my absence. Thank you.
Moreschi’s 7-year-old got in on the action and wrote to her principal,
I will not be at school on Wednesday March 8th because of the “Day without Women.” I will write letters to my representatives. I will do my work ahead of time. I think this day is important and I hope you do too.
“I would say we are not an activist family but definitely believe in civic engagement,” Moreschi told Metro UK. The issue of the women’s strike came up in a conversation with her daughters after dinner one night. “‘They were trying to figure out how to support me so I could ‘strike’ and they can do all the things I usually do,” she said. “Lottie (10) … offered to stay home from school so I wouldn’t have to drive her there. She felt like it was a sacrifice because she honestly likes school....” Moreschi said she decided to allow her daughter to strike “if (a)she did something positive with the day and (b) she communicated directly with the principal.”
Moreschi posted letters from both her girls on Twitter, and people are loving them:
Obviously, school is important, but these letters show that education can take many forms. Kudos to Moreschi for teaching her kids about the importance civic engagement and campaigning for equality for all.