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Favorite Things: A symbol of advocacy for women

February 28, 2014 

This lamp is symbol of Leigh Sanders’ advocacy work for women.


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    Is there something around your house that you just can’t live without? A favorite kitchen tool, decoration or furniture piece? We’d like to hear about it. Send a smartphone photo (JPEG format) and up to 100 words about why it is your favorite thing to cmiller@newsobserver.com. If we use your favorite, you’ll be entered in a quarterly drawing for a gift card. (Submitting an entry gives us us permission to publish it.)

When I decided to become an advocate of justice for women, I was just another young activist preaching for adequate health care, fair wages and safe passages. I owned only an unwavering belief that love would prevail. One afternoon my loyal, yet deeply troubled friend showed up at my apartment with a surprise gift. It was an exquisite lamp of a woman holding up a swirling turquoise globe. Soon after, my friend disappeared from my life, but I treasure her gift as I do my role in making the world a better place for women. The light shines on.

Leigh Sanders, Raleigh

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