Have women changed that much in 50 years?
Last week was the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking work, The Feminist Mystique. I’m sure you were all celebrating like crazed peahens, weren’t you? I know I was! My first reaction to this milestone was to try and remember if I had ever read this very important tome. I started to keep a reading log not too long ago because I read a lot and, after a while, it all runs together. But 50 years ago I was only 9 years old. I’m pretty sure I was more interested in candy necklaces and Nancy Drew back then. Later, I had a college boyfriend whose mother earnestly pressed the book into my arms and told me I MUST read it. But with lipstick smeared on her front teeth, I couldn’t focus on the significance of the book. Plus, the romance …
After years of being a stay-at-home mom, I mustered the courage to audition for QVC.
Monday, May 23, 2011
For many years, like many other moms in Mo’town, I stayed at home with the kids. Before I had children, I worked at a variety of jobs and did not exactly have what one would call a career. My husband DOES have a career that requires that he travel most of the time, so we both felt it was best if I hung with the boys while he earned a living in fabulous places like Las Vegas, LA, and Muscatine, Iowa. I spent many hours at home with my boysies, searching for dinosaurs, pretending to be pirates and playing at what they called “the wooden playground,” Fullerton Park. I also remember crushing hours of boredom when I longed for adult company, clever conversation and three to five margaritas. It was this boredom that led me to do some pretty …