Century of Women's Progress Quilt Challenge, 1920-2020.

Choice

by Orna Pascal

One hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote, which is completely and always about choice, in every aspect of our lives.

The word choice (and pro choice) became political in the fight for women to legally have control over their bodies; specifically regarding if, when, and how often to have children.

By the time I was in my teens, contraception was widely accessible. In 1973 (the year I turned 21) Roe v. Wade gave women the right to safe and legal abortion. Millions of women's lives improved as a result, and I feel fortunate to have had those choices available my entire life.

My quilt is simple, featuring the word itself using hand dyed fabric, and polka dot background for fun. I believe that when women have choices, their lives are better and when women's lives are better, everyone benefits.