The Last Feminists

February 17, 2016

Although feminist icons Gloria Steinen and Madeleine Albright scolded young women for their support of Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton on the front page of The New York Times, it was hardly news. The granddaughters and great granddaughters of the early feminists have long taken for granted their liberation. Unmindful or dismissal of the drama of their own history, they either don’t call themselves feminists, or water down their definitions—that is, if they think about it at all.

But before the brave struggles and sacrifices of women like Steinem and Albright and Betty Friedan, our husbands refused to let us go to work because If we pursued a career outside the home we were thought to be selfish bad mothers who jeopardized our children’s health and safety. Besides, if we earned money it would appear to our husband’s poker buddies that he couldn’t support his family... 



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