With the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, women of this country are once again reminded how precious and precarious our rights are. Baby boomers remember all too well what life was like before the Women’s Movement of the 1970s and champions like The Notorious RBG fought hard and long to bring about gender parity.
If you need a reminder, here are just a few ways our generation and the women who inspired us redefined the role of womanhood:
- We went on to higher education in droves—never before had women attended college in such numbers.
- We broke into businesses previously denied us, moving from the three lone occupations allowed to women (nurse, teacher, secretary) into positions of real authority.
- We moved into the political world—now women are holding governorships, seats in congress, and even running for President.
- We mounted the pulpit (in many religions) and claimed the right to preach alongside men.
- We changed the laws of the land, making them far more equitable for both genders.
- We fought for and achieved Title IX, which provides athletic scholarships to colleges and universities for young women in equal numbers to those given to young men.
- We broke the gender barrier in multiple ways: our faces now appear on TV, we’re in the cockpit, we’re in the army, we’re on Wall Street, we’re in the operating room (doing the operations) and we’re in the boss’s office.
- And these are just a small sampling of the ways we changed society.
So, let us always remember how remarkable we truly are and, as I like to say, let’s go out and show the world just how feisty a woman over fifty can be…
Let’s make Ruth proud!