Today we’re living history. We have the first woman with enough votes to become a nominee for president of the United States.
It doesn’t matter what your party affiliation is, or if you support Secretary Hillary Clinton or not. What matters is that you talk with your children about the significance of this achievement, because they are living history, too.
We stand on the shoulders of giants in this moment. Sarah Grimké, Angelina Grimké, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, and many others who fought–and took plenty of abuse for it–so women could vote, get birth control, own property, and keep their last names.
Today these things might seem quaint, even distant or irrelevant. But until we see 51% of top management jobs are held by women, that 51% of board positions are held by women, and that women earn equal pay for equal work, we need to recognize the huge achievement of Hillary Clinton. It’s another step forward.
And if she makes it to the White House, she’ll be making the same salary as the previous two men, $400,000 a year.
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If she becomes president, I hope she finally pushes through the ERA and equalizes wages. I also hope she appoints at least one other woman to the Supreme Court.
Or more than one, Joyce. Also, I hope that, in my lifetime, I see the ERA ratified.
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