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Authors: Rivka Solomon

That Takes Ovaries!

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Dedicated to girls everywhere,
and to those fighting for the human rights of
women and girls around the globe.

Contents

Introduction

Rivka’s Note to All Readers

CHAPTER 1
On the Spot: Impulsive, Gutsy Acts

Preaching to the Convicted /
KATHLEEN TARR

Alps-ward Bound /
FREZZIA PRODERO

Hands On, Hands Off /
BOBBI AUSUBEL

Amen for Sneaky Women /
CECELIA WAMBACH

Fat Grrlz Kick Ass /
BETH MISTRETTA

Paying for It /
MONIQUE BOWDEN

Selling the Berlin Wall /
RIVKA SOLOMON

Educating Bill Clinton /
BONNIE MORRIS

Saving Mommy, or The Night I Lost My Childhood /
D. H. WU

Nothing from Nobody /
TARA BETTS

I Swear! /
LOUISE CIVETTI

You Can Take That Law and… /
GWYN McVAY

CHAPTER 2
After Some Thought: Making Life-changing Choices

Double Whammy /
LYNDA GAINES

Divine Perfection /
ANITRA WINDER

Cinderella, Ph.D. /
IRIS STAMMBERGER

Committing to Motherhood /
REBECCA WALKER

Returning Home /
WILMA MANKILLER

Courage at the End /
MIREYA HERRERA

CHAPTER 3
For Ourselves: Taking Charge of Our Bodies and Sexuality

Cupid’s Paintbrush /
AMELIA COPELAND

Smutmonger /
CECILIA TAN

Big Beauty /
TESS DEHOOG

First Pride /
AMANDA RIVERA

Loving w/o Limits /
ROBIN RENÉE

Good, Good, Good, Good Vibrations /
JOANI BLANK

Declawing Catcalls /
JULIA ACEVEDO

MTV, Bite Me! /
SABRINA MARGARITA ALCANTARA-TAN

Spreading My Legs for Womankind /
MOLLY KENEFICK

CHAPTER 4
Danger: Risking Life or Limb

Adventures in the Jungle /
DENISE GRANT

Slapshot off the Rink /
AMY CHAMBERS

Not Minding My Own Business /
MARY ANN McCOURT

Surfergrrl /
ELAINE MARSHALL

War Zone /
ANONYMOUS

Impossible Choices: From El Salvador to the United States /
EVA

Documenting It /
RUCHIRA GUPTA

Gorilla Dreams /
MAITE SUREDA

Triumphs of the Amazon Queen /
KYM TRIPPSMITH

CHAPTER 5
Rebels: Individuals Taking a Stand

Letting Justice Flow /
ALISON KAFER

One Moonshine Night /
JULIA WILLIS

Yay for Hairy Women! /
MICA MIRO

Painting the Town /
SASHA CLAIRE McINNES

Camping with a Ventilator /
CONNIE PANZARINO

A Room of Our Own /
KATHRYN ROBLEE

Davida and Goliath /
JANE COLBY

Taking Up Tools /
ELIZABETH YOUNG

Just Don’t Do It /
ADRIENNE

Transforming Hate /
KRISSY

Digging for Dough /
AMY RICHARDS

Stage Presence /
PHOEBE ENG

Remaining Whole Behind Bars /
FAUZIYA KASSINDJA

CHAPTER 6
Doing It Together: Collective Activism

Love Thy Neighbor with Avengeance /
JESSICA BROWN

High-School Gauntlet /
RACHEL

Synagogue Revolt /
LOOLWA KHAZZOOM

Diary of an Urban Guerilla /
KATHY BRUIN

Civil Disobedience: A Primary School Primer /
DEBRA KOLODNY

Nine Days to Change the World /
TERRI M. MUEHE

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights /
RANA HUSSEINI

CHAPTER 7
“That’s Not Nice!”: Acting On Anger

How to Stop a Thief /
MARY GOING

Eye on the Ball /
KATHLEEN ANTONIA

Mike Meets the Dykes /
JUDITH K. WITHEROW

Charmed, I’m Sure /
AUDREY SCHAEFER

Closing the Nasty Girl /
ELIZABETH O’NEILL

No Screwing Around /
VASHTI

Biker Babe /
HILKEN MANCINI

Driven /
CHRISTINE MAXFIELD STONE

That Takes Ovaries! Open Mikes

Female Genital Mutilation, Sex Trafficking, and That Takes Ovaries! Fund-raisers

Acknowledgments

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”


Katharine Hepburn

“Well-behaved women rarely make history.”


Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

“If you don’t take risks, you won’t know what is possible.”


Unknown

Introduction
What Is This Book?

That Takes Ovaries!
is a collection of women’s and girls’ real-life stories written in their own words. From courageous and smart to outrageous and foolhardy, these accounts capture the breadth of gutsy acts. It is a collection that embraces diversity with the voices of everyday females of many ages and cultural backgrounds, and also includes stories from a few better-known individuals and activists.

This book contains more than sixty first-person narratives representing a wide variety of audacious deeds. It includes accounts of women and girls standing up to a gun-toting gangbanger in a fast-food joint, skysurfing out of airplanes, organizing a hundred high-school girls to take on the boys who harass them, jumping off a moving train to see the Alps, defying abuse in prison, diving into the middle of an ice hockey fight, staging a Lesbian Avengers action inside a conservative think tank, earning a living as a sex writer, making a would-be burglar cry, and telling President Clinton what to do—and having him do it! The stories tell how a fourteen-year-old led a revolt in her synagogue, a poor woman rose out of destitution and prostitution, a passerby confronted a crowd of catcalling men, a public health educator founded the country’s first women-oriented sex-toy store, a peacemaker met with guerilla leaders in a war zone, a girl was the first to wear pants to elementary school in the
1960s, a reporter started a mass movement against brutality toward women in the Middle East, a Catholic schoolteacher snuck in to see the Pope … and dozens of other sassy, spirited acts.

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