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The Women's Movement's Next 50 Years

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You've come a long way, baby--or have you?

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Past Member (0)
Friday February 22, 2013, 4:30 am

Joy W (103)
Friday February 22, 2013, 4:34 am
Noted, thanks.

Gene J (290)
Friday February 22, 2013, 6:26 am
"If the women's movement often surprised and sometimes blindsided men, it also radically expanded America's democratic promise of equality. Women are now everywhere. No one is shocked in 2013 when a woman enters an operating room or a lecture hall. More than half the undergraduates at most universities are women."

Great article. I have to admit to a bias of my own first. I have, since my boys were young as both had severe asthma with all that entails, used strictly female professionals as their primary care doctors. And in my own personal business, I try to do the same thing. Why? Because I knew that back then, and as the article points out still today, female professionals not only had to be as good as men, they had to be better, smarter and I wanted the best for my boys. There were 6 primary care pediatricians at the clinic I took them too, 3 older men, 3 younger women. The men, when we'd come in with a problem and every cold led to a crisis for them, would give me a prescription for medication and an inhaler and send us home. The women not only did that but also wanted to see them back sometimes in two days time, THEY got us a new Nebulizer with medication to keep at home, THEY got two inhalers written on every prescription because kids lose them so fast, THEY got them started on preventative treatments and THEY hospitalized them when they needed, not one of those men ever did any of those extra things. So, I still, though they are gone, use women professionals as often as I can, because it is still the case they are smarter and more caring than any male professionals I've ever dealt with.

That said, the article makes painfully clear that though women have come a long way, there are MANY miles yet to go before we sleep.

pam w (139)
Friday February 22, 2013, 10:02 am

When every politician votes to pass the ERA...I'll begin to believe we've REALLY "come a long way, Baby!"

divergent revolution (309)
Friday February 22, 2013, 10:17 am
well said Gene,if only we didn't get new attacks almost everyday from some hillbilly ,fourth grade dropout
telling us how women's biology works...
I feel like we came a long way, and then got pushed to the "back of the Bus" terms of all the battles we thought we had won, and have to fight all over again, because the Gop cannot stand to see women get the edge..( studies show that females are smarter, with more life expectancy),so the insecure men in the world need to put us down to feel better about themsselves..Actually, they are shooting themselves in the foot,since they really can't live without us, and we have things they desire,and will with hold if pushed much further.

Winn A (178)
Friday February 22, 2013, 10:22 am
Progress certainly has been made over the last 50 years. I can personally attest to that myself. Having said that, we still have many miles to go. However, with enlightened minds and thoughtful consideration of the world we live in and what needs to be done to bring about equality I think we will see progress as the days and weeks go by. We need All people to be fairly treated as we can't afford to waste anyone's talents to make the world a better place to live. We need All the women of the world to be involved in their communities, get a great education and participate to make our communities and countries healthy and safe places to live, work and love.

Dee C (229)
Friday February 22, 2013, 10:40 am
It certainly was/still is the longest ongoing revolution by and for women..

Thanks Cal..Great article..

Birgit W (160)
Friday February 22, 2013, 2:05 pm
There is hope!

David Johnson (15)
Friday February 22, 2013, 2:12 pm
Thanks Cal..Another grat article.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday February 22, 2013, 3:01 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal.
Pam has it right. Now is the time to push for the passage of the would go very far to silence all those looney conservonuts who detest gov't intrusion....unless it's a trans-vaginal ultrasound on a woman. Roe v. Wade has been law for 40 yrs.....time to get over it and move on.
*I'm sorry I'm unable to send a green star to Pam, since I sent one within the past week.

John B (185)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 4:08 am
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Ruth Rosen. A lot has be accomplished but so much more needs to be done and we all should be working to see that it happens sooner rather than later. Read and noted.

Ro H (0)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 7:24 am

greenplanet e (155)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 5:57 pm
In some respects, sexism is worse than ever.

Ro H (0)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 11:50 am

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 10:01 pm
Great post Cal

Jane H (139)
Monday February 25, 2013, 1:19 pm
THANK YOU< CAL!! wonderful article---please remember thatin order to get more opposition, discrimination against women in jobs was part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This is why we see women in jobs which were formerly men's jobs.

Melania Padilla (122)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 9:29 am
Thanks, noted
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