My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot today. Two of the women mentioned are Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Norfolk acting (hopefully soon-to-be permanent) police chief Sharon Chamberlin.
I managed to get through an entire column without once mentioning Gloria Steinem, one of the leaders in the women’s movement from the 1970s, whom I had the pleasure to meet when I was just out of college. I’ll never forget that conversation we had at one of her book-signings: she told me that “bookkeeper” was a term men coined for female accountants.
And I didn’t mention Shirley Chisolm, who I met at at ODU back in October 1981, and who was the first woman to run for the Democratic nomination for president.
Yes, we’ve come a long way, baby. But we’ve got so much farther to go.