Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, "disappeared," or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive, and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.
We need to take a leap of the imagination and envision nations as the best kinds of families: the democratic ones we are
trying to create in our own lives. A hierarchical family must
be changed anyway if we are to stop producing leaders whose
unexamined early lives are then played out on a national and
international stage. . . . Changing the way we raise children is the only long-term path to peace or arms control, and neither
has ever been more crucial. As the feminist adage says, "The
personal is political.