A friend recently handed me a copy of ‘Time’ Magazine to read on the plane during a trip to a Feminist Conference. The cover in black and red boldly declared ‘The State Of The American Woman’ – a new poll shows why they are more powerful -but, less happy.
I couldn’t relate. I feel plenty happy and I like my power.
The magazine glossed over details regarding domestic violence and the fact that even though more women than ever are working, they often still don’t get equal pay for equal work.
Maria Shriver’s article was particularly light on meaningful content. So I was pleased when another friend forwarded me this piece by Joanne Lipman. Read on………
October 24, 2009 Op-Ed Contributor (NEW YORK TIMES REPRINT)
The Mismeasure of Woman
By JOANNE LIPMAN
FINALLY! I hear we’re all living in a women’s world now.
For the first time, women make up half the work force. The Shriver Report,out just last week, found that mothers are the major breadwinners in 40percent of families. We have a female speaker of the House and a femalesecretary of state. Thirty-two women have served as governors.Thirty-eight have served as senators. Four out of eight Ivy League presidents are women.
Great news, right? Well, not exactly. In fact, it couldn’t be more spectacularly misleading.
The truth is, women haven’t come nearly as far as we would havepredicted 25 years ago. Somewhere along the line, especially in recent years, progress for women has stalled. And attitudes have taken a giantleap backward.
I never expected that we would be in this predicament. My generationof professional women took equality for granted. When I was in collegein the 1980s, many of us looked derisively at the women’s liberation movement. That was something that strident, humorless, shrill women haddone before us.
We were sure we were beyond it. We were post-feminists. After all,we lived equally with men. We felt that when we took our place insociety, issues of gender — and race too — wouldn’t be a factor.
Back in college, my friends and I never even had a conversation about balancing work and family. We had never heard of glass ceilings.We didn’t talk about sexual harassment — that was just part of life. Asa freshman, I had an interview for a magazine internship in New York City. As I sat down, making sure to demurely close up my slit-frontskirt over my knees, the interviewer barked, “If you want the job,you’ll leave that open.”