Posted on Fri, Apr.
big dream endorsed
Readers: I have printed some of the
responses I received from people offering encouragement to the
13-year-old girl who dreams of becoming president of the United
States. My office has been flooded with terrific messages of support
for her, and I am printing more them today. Read on:
Abby: I am a 14-year-old girl writing in response to "I Have
a Dream." I was enraged when I read her letter. Tell her to never
let the fact that she is female get in her way and to hold her
head high. She is an avant-garde thinker ready for the future,
surrounded by a bunch of backward, out-of-date idiots.
Roosevelt once said, "No one can make you feel inferior without
your consent." Be strong, stubborn and positive that you'll get
there, and you will accomplish your dream. You go, girl!
Enraged Teen Feminist, Rochester, N.Y.
Abby: I was taken aback
by the fact that "I Have a Dream's" teacher laughed at her when
she said she wants to be president of the United States. His inappropriate
response was merely a demonstration of his own lack of ability.
To say a 13-year-old girl cannot aspire to be president is as
absurd as telling Arnold Schwarzenegger, a poor immigrant weightlifter,
that he cannot become governor of California. Jim Donovan,
author of "Handbook to a Happier Life"
Abby: I am 60 years old. When I was her age, a woman had four
choices: office worker, wife, nurse, teacher. My sister was told
she couldn't go into computers because that was "a man's job."
My daughter is extremely good with computers and uses them at
her job in finance, another field that was closed to women in
woman certainly will be president. Women have already run major
countries. To name a few: Golda Meir in Israel, Indira Gandhi
in India and Margaret Thatcher in England. "I Have a Dream" should
run for president of her class and the student council. She should
seek office in her town, her state and her country. If she's not
elected, she should analyze her defeat and run again. She will
succeed. Carolyn Augustine, Lakewood, Wash