Women and Adversity: Kaci Hickox

Kaci Hickox, photo by Joel Page, Reuters

Kaci Hickox, photo by Joel Page, Reuters

Nurse Kaci Hickox learned she could experience continued adversity once she left Sierra Leone where she was treating victims of the deadly virus Ebola with Doctors without Borders. Once she returned to the U.S. she fought the enforced quarantine she was subjected to in New Jersey even though she twice tested negative to the deadly virus and had no symptoms. Then in Maine, she was instructed to stay in her home and not expose the rest of Maine to Ebola.

It took courage for this nurse to defy these orders. Based on scientific facts, she could not transmit the disease.

Congratulations to her for saying, “I am not going to sit around and be bullied around by politicians and be forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public.”

Women can gain strength from Hickox’s bold position.

We must stand up for what is right as so many women before us have.

Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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