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Let me tell you what it’s like for a girl to attend Catholic school in Buffalo, N.Y. Short plaid skirts, as always, are de rigueur. Winters, as everyone well knows, are miserably frigid. And though you’d think I would have been grateful that leg warmers were also in fashion back when I was a saintly young miss, my walks to school were only made more unbearable by the fact that my mom made me hike my no-longer-cool warmers straight up to my thighs (at least that took attention away from my duckies). This makes the essay “Nine Days to Change the World,” in which a group of girls in ’60s Boston successfully protest their school’s skirt-only policy, especially inspiring to me. You’ll find this essay, along with 63 others, in That Takes Ovaries! Bold Females and Their Brazen Acts, a collection of tales from ballsy women who’ve stood up for themselves when life started to piss them off. Share your own tale of figurative ass-kicking at the That Takes Ovaries! open mike, which will take place after the book’s editor, Rivka Solomon, reads at 7:30 p.m. at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center’s Community Hall, 1529 16th St. NW. $10. (202) 777-3267. (Tricia Olszewski)