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November 24

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The Bill of Rights for Women


QUOTES by Kate Millett and Betty Power.

Have we come a long way, baby?

      The following is part of the Bill of Rights for Women proposed by the National Organization for Women in 1969:
      I. That the United States Congress immediately pass the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to provide that
"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex," and that such then be immediately ratified by the several States. [It wasn't.]
      II. That equal employment opportunity be guaranteed to women, as well as men, by insisting that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforce the prohibitions against sex discrimination in employment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the same vigor as it enforces the prohibitions against racial discrimination. [It doesn't.]
      III. That women be protected by law to ensure their right to return to their jobs within a reasonable time after childbirth without the loss of seniority or other accrued benefits, and be paid maternity leave as a form of social security and/or employee benefit. [They still aren't.]

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B. 11-24-1848, Lili Lehmann, German operatic soprano known for lieder singing and her Wagnerian interpretations.

B. 11-24-1849, Frances Hodgson Burnett, English author, who wrote Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886, film 1936), and The Secret Garden (1911) both a play and film of the 1990's. Burnett had turned to writing to support her widowed mother.

B. 11-24-1885, Anna Louise Strong, journalist and author of dozens of books about Russia and China, lived in Russia and finally resettled to China where she became a personal friend of Mao Tse-tung and trusted observer of the Chinese government. Founded the Moscow News, an English newspaper in Russia.

B. 11-24-1887, Mary Ely Lyman, Anglo-American theologian. Received her B.D. from Union Seminary in 1919 as the only woman in the class. Was not allowed to attend the commencement luncheon and had to sit in the balcony with faculty wives during the graduation ceremony even though she was the ranking scholar of her class. She attended two years at Cambridge on a fellowship and was refused a degree or a transcript because of her sex. She taught religion at Barnard College from 1919-1940 and taught at Union Seminary along with her husband. She was dean and professor of religion at Sweet Briar College. In 1950 became the first woman to hold a faculty chair at Union Seminary although a few years earlier she had been terminated because her husband (15 years her senior) had retired and it was "assumed" she would be retiring also.

B. 11-24-1888, Cathleen Nesbitt, actor who typified British "grande dame" in her later years; appeared in some 300 roles on London and New York stages and 36 movies. Created Commander of British Empire (1978).

Event 11-24-1930, Ruth Nichols began the first transcontinental flight from New York to California by a woman. It took seven days.

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      "Many women do not recognize themselves as discriminated against; no better proof could be found of the totality of their conditioning."
            -- Kate Millett: Sexual Politics

      "When you know something about the reality of the world that those who stand in ignorance do not know, then you can't not educate."
            -- Betty Power, 1987.

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