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Sisters, Age 10 and 7, Join ‘Day Without Women’ Protest

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Women all across the country are marking International Women’s Day on Wednesday by partaking in a “Day Without Women” protest. The protest includes women not going to work or spending any money.

But it’s not just women taking part. Also joining in are a couple of young girls from Raleigh, North Carolina who have drawn quite a lot of attention.

One of those girls, 10-year-old Lottie Moreschi, wrote a letter to her school’s principal explaining why she was choosing not to come to school on International Women’s Day.

“I am going to write a letter to the editor, contact my Congressman, and do whatever I heard to make my voice heard,” Lottie wrote to her principal after announcing her desire to participate in the protest.

“With your permission, I would like to be excused from school this Wednesday (sic). I will talk to my teachers and get my school work ahead of time but I would just like you to know the reason of my absents (sic).”

Lottie’s mother, Laura, shared a copy of the letter on Twitter. It has since been retweeted hundreds of time and elicited countless responses.

Lottie’s 7-year old sister, Tori, followed her big sister’s lead and wrote a similar letter to her school’s principal. Moreschi also tweeted Tori’s letter, which has been retweeted more than two thousand times.

After all the attention her letter has received, Lottie did several interviews on Wednesday, including one on a cable news channel. She also read up on women’s rights leaders in between calling government officials and writing letters.

“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 shares. “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.”

Both Lottie and her mom have been amazed at how fast their story spread. Moreschi is also impressed at all the positive support her young daughters have received for expressing their interest in joining the Women’s Day protest.

“We’re the next generation,” says Lottie. “We know what we’re talking about.”