That's My Issue: Education

First-time delegate Seeta Durjan Esmailbegui of Satellite Beach, Florida, immigrated from Trinidad and Tobago at the age of 18.

"My mother and father had 18 children. And I learned at a very young age you have to question everything, because you have to open up your mind. And I watched my mother struggle, I watched her struggle for food and us struggle for education and I watched my dad get very violent at times because he couldn't cope with so many children.

"And I always asked my mom, 'why do you have so many children if you can't take care of them.' And it was culture. It was because their religion told them they can't have birth control, or they didn't want to. And I grew up in my own mind I became at the age of 6. It always goes back to education. Everything in life is about an education. Whether it's family planning, whether it's economics, whether it's being a doctor or lawyer, whatever it is, it always goes back to the foundation of the home."