Women’s History Month: A long, ongoing journey

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.

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3 thoughts on “Women’s History Month: A long, ongoing journey

  1. I had an encounter with Shirley Chisholm once, when I was in college.

    I was changing planes at O’Hare, on my way from Richmond to Grand Rapids for a conference. Walked by this wizened woman that I recognized and, given that I’d just come from Hampden-Sydney, said “Hello,” as we do to all we meet on campus. She smiled and said “Hello,” too.

    I walked another fifty feet before I realized that I’d just said “Hello” to Shirley Chisholm!

  2. you nailed this one. Where are our women leaders in the Virginia General Assembly? There is no reason the ERA has not passed in Virginia!!!

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