They say that well-behaved women seldom make history. Wellesley’s Emily Willrich can vouch for that.
After Emily, 11, wrote a spunky, widely read op-ed in the Wellesley Townsman noting that the fields where the girls’ softball teams play are dingy when compared with fields for the boys’ baseball teams, she was invited to meet feminist icon Gloria Steinem and other political leaders at a Simmons College event celebrating women in politics Monday night.
Emily said she loved meeting Steinem, especially after watching a documentary about her work advocating women’s rights.
“She asked me to give a copy of my Townsman letter to her,” Emily said in a phone interview Tuesday. “She also said that it’s good that I stuck up for myself, and said that no one else is the boss of me. I really liked that — I love that motto.”
A Simmons College trustee, Kathy LaPoint, had asked Simmons College’s president, Helen Drinan, to invite Emily to the “How Women Become Political” event hosted by Simmons this week. LaPoint had spotted the letter and liked it so much she kept a copy on her desk.
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