Charlene O'Rourke and other baby-boomer women began life in an American culture that denied women a voice in the arts and in governance. They were part of the generation that changed all that. Learning from their grandmothers who demanded the vote, they pushed for equal rights and equal voices, and because they have not yet fully succeeded, they are speaking louder and louder. Throughout American history, women have used their needles as a means of political and artistic expression. Charlene has been a needleworker since the age of 7, and a quilter for nearly 40 years. When the Second Wave of feminism blossomed in the 70s, and women began demanding respect for their art, quilts leapt off the bed onto the wall as art quilts, a daring new art form. They became the preferred medium of artistic and political expression for many women and a few men who had begun their training in the traditional arts, like painting. Charlene was there from the beginning. Art quilts quickly gained recognition in fine art galleries and museums around the world. And quilts continue to be a medium for expressing both women's and men's opinions in the turbulent political climate of today.