The Women Speak for Themselves movement sprang up in February in response to th Obama administration’s health rules enforcing coverage of contraception by all employers. When Representative Carolyn Maloney demanded to know “Where are the women?” at a congressional hearing on religious freedom, it was too much for law professor Helen Alvare:

I couldn’t believe it. I knew plenty of women like myself stood with religious institutions and individuals as they defended their right to run their hospitals, schools, and other businesses in accordance with their religious beliefs.

I knew there were women all over the nation just as frustrated as I was at the continual coverage that opposition to the Health And Human Services’ mandate was a “war on women.” 

An open latter to government leaders was launched and has gathered nearly 34,000 singatures. Here are some of the faces and voices behind those names:

Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is the former deputy editor of MercatorNet