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Raleigh 10-year-old's 'Day Without a Woman' letter goes viral

Posted March 8

A 10-year-old Raleigh girl's letter to her principal about why she's out of school today as part of the national " A Day Without a Woman" protest has gone viral.

The national protest comes on International Women's Day, which marks the fight for women's rights. Across the country, women are taking the day off to wear red, lobby officials for women's issues and support women-owned businesses. In the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools, so many teachers are taking the day off that the system is closed for the day.

After a weekend dinner discussion about civic engagement, Lottie Pare, a Raleigh fifth grader in the Wake County Public School System, wrote the letter that's now been read around the world. Mom Laura Moreschi shared it on Twitter on Monday morning.

Then, the internet did what it does with these sorts of things. Moreschi's original tweet has been liked more than 1,700 times and retweeted nearly 600 times, at last check.

It also was picked up by online publications including Allure magazine, Huffington Post, Mashable, Cosmopolitan and The Guardian, among others.

Lottie's letter to her principal outlines her plans for her day off from school and also promises she'll get her school work done.

"I am going to write a letter to the editor, contact my congressman and do whatever I can to make my voice heard," she wrote.

Inspired, Lottie's seven-year-old sister Tori also put pencil to paper, writing a similar letter that Moreschi also shared on Twitter, where it's been retweeted thousands of times and also picked up by some publications, along with the Women's March's Instagram account.

Tori and Lottie's sixth grade sister opted to go to middle school today. It's more difficult to keep up with fast-paced middle school classes when you miss a day, Moreschi said. But she wore red and encouraged her friends to wear red to school.

Striking, said Moreschi, "is a privilege and there are other ways to support a cause if you can't strike."

So far, today, Lottie has been busy fielding interview requests, including a spot on the Headline News Network. She also plans to call her government representatives and write letters. And, between interviews, she's reading about women's rights leaders, including Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activitist for female education and a Nobel Prize winner.

The family also plans to eat lunch at Caroll's Kitchen, a nonprofit restaurant in downtown Raleigh that supports homeless women.

​"I've definitely thought a lot more about what I'm doing and the impact and equality in three days than I have for a very long time," Lottie said. "It's been really interesting and really fun for me to do this kind of stuff. I think I made other people think too when I did this."

The experience also has left the family with some lessons about social media.

"I was pretty surprised when mom told me how far it has gone," Lottie said. "I was really surprised how fast everything happened. I think people also need to realize that when they post things on the internet."

Said Moreschi: "It's been completely overwhelming. It's been a very good lesson for us all about the power of social media."

But, she said, people, for the most part, have been supportive and gracious.

"I felt people thought it was a voice of the future," she said.

Added Lottie: "We're the next generation. We know what we're talking about."


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  • David McCabe Mar 9, 6:11 p.m.
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    You've got to appreciate the irony of "George Orwell" getting upset that someone is using a fake account...

  • Gregory A. Peterson Mar 9, 6:31 a.m.
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    This is HOGWASH!!!!

  • George Orwell Mar 8, 9:30 p.m.
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    JIM SMITH - this is past getting really creepy how you're going around posting as me using a fake account. You've obviously got some unresolved issues. Stalk other guys much?

  • Jim Smith Mar 8, 8:41 p.m.
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    "Where exactly have these marches/protests been for the past 8 yrs while the anointed one was in office?"

    They weren't necessary until the present self-confessed sexual predator was foisted on the world. The popped cherry on the misogynistic GOP cake.

  • Andy Holt Mar 8, 6:25 p.m.
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    What were the mother's reasons for participating in the Trump protest today? I have yet to read ANY woman's explanations as to exactly which right's are being denied to them? Call it what it is.... a "Trumped" up reason to hopefully get in front of one of WRALiberal's cameras to spew some sort of leftist agenda rhetoric. Where exactly have these marches/protests been for the past 8 yrs while the anointed one was in office? Explain the timing to the youngster, and the REAL reasons for mom's protest. Hopefully the child will definitely write her representative.... to get them to put in a good word for mom during her next search for employment?

  • John Townsend Mar 8, 6:12 p.m.
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    Did she ever explain why she was on strike? What oppression is she suffering?

  • Ronda Powell Mar 8, 6:11 p.m.
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    The point of my comment, Susan, is that it is sad that this child has gotten to 3rd or 4th grade and still has not been taught how to spell common words. And the fact that the letter is in printing tells me that the child has not been taught cursive writing, either. When I was in school, we had spelling tests regularly and were taught cursive in 2nd grade, and we had to practice until we got it correct.

  • George Orwell Mar 8, 6:07 p.m.
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    Standard canned response. Yes, you do sound very much like Liberal there.

  • Tim Orr Mar 8, 5:58 p.m.
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    Things Liberals say because they can't think for themselves and have to be told how to think.

  • Jim Tabor Mar 8, 5:50 p.m.
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    I had two daughters who were 10 once. They and I would have wanted to know why their teacher was not doing the job she was hired to do rather than having their spineless administration give them a pass. This viral letter was a too convenient symbol for our progressIve J school graduates to ignore in the pursuit of advocacy journalism. Our instituitons, including the dishonest press, are due for a severe reckoning and it is my fervent hope that the Trump Movement will bring the change.