When class of 1987 Greenhill graduate Ilyse Hogue took the stage at the Democratic National Convention in July, she opened with the words, “I am a fourth generation Texan. Texas women are tough.”
Hogue, who transferred from the Hockaday School to Greenhill in her eighth grade year, never imagined that she would one day take the spotlight at the DNC during one of the most controversial presidential races and tell the world about her decision to have an abortion years ago.
“It was an honor to actually have a small part in this historic moment,” Hogue recalled about endorsing the first female presidential nominee from a major party. “But it was scary. I didn’t get into this job because I wanted to stand on stage in front of millions of people … I felt really strongly that I had to because I had the stage and millions of women are suffering because so many of us are silent about our need for abortion care and they couldn’t do it and I could.”