First of all, I’d like to thank my co-author, Ben, who is not only a great writer but a wonderful human being. Making the decision to work on a project like this with a friend was a brave one for both of us. There were moments when I had to apologize profusely for missing deadlines, and somehow he forgave me. I love him more than I did before we started, which I didn’t think was possible.
My mother, Nancy S. Erickson, JD, LLM, MA, was immensely helpful during this project. She is a lawyer with extensive knowledge of women’s legal history and has been editing my writing since I learned how to write. In addition to providing feedback on parts of this book, she also wrote the first draft of the section on women’s legal rights.
Finally, thank you to Abby, who is a true partner to me in every sense of the word. I don’t think there is anything in life we can’t accomplish together.
I owe tremendous gratitude to Laura, my co-author. This book was her vision, and I am humbled to have been included in it. Laura’s incredible knowledge and clarity is certainly what allowed this book to make it to print. Thank you, Laura, for your brilliance, humor, and dedication.
p. x↵Thank you to Clare, Maddie, Caty, Ember, Julia, Jess, Beck, Annie, and Todd, who provided endless encouragement and love, always.
To transgender and gender diverse people across the globe who demonstrate daily the beauty in difference, thank you.