Generations: A Century of Women Speak about Their Lives
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Women of various social and ethnic backgrounds talk about how things have changed from their grandmother's day to the young women of today, discussing issues as diverse as dating and education, sex discrimination and women's inner lives. 40,000 first printing. Tour."
better. I remember thinking that it would be nice to find another relationship. When you’re in one that’s bad, you think, I never want another one again; when you’re a free agent, you start looking around. But I really wanted to raise these children by myself. Stepparenting is hard. At first he was real erratic about child support, but occasionally a check would turn up. He was hurt. He really didn’t know how to form his own relationship with the kids, so they didn’t see a whole lot of each
was my business, when my children were little, I was able to say to a client, “I can’t work from two to four—I drive carpool.” I still tried to be Brownie leader and Girl Scout leader and all that stuff. It was not difficult for my older children; my younger child was very resentful. Now she’s okay with it, but we’ve had a lot of problems because she feels that I would schlepp her to different clients in the afternoon after school. She used to say, “Why can’t you be like Mrs. Brown,” who lived up
coming only from that perspective, things will not get better for women, minorities, or children because none of us are really involved in the power structure. The heart of feminism is shaking that power structure. We have so much farther to go. I hope that there will be women in seats of power for my granddaughters to see as models. I also hope that women stay in the seats that they are in—teachers and mothers—and that those seats become seats of power so that we don’t need to desert important
Little Rock Nine were. I wasn’t interviewed on TV and my picture was not in the paper, but I was easily identifiable as “one of those niggers that went to Central High School.” By state law you could be excluded from all clubs and activities, and that included honor society—anything that was outside of the traditional educational system. In order to be selected to go to the school, I had of course been an elementary and junior high school leader, and it was very striking to now be prevented by
dad’s second wife, I think she was a feminist. She kept her last name. I’ve never really come into contact with it that much. If I’m thinking of it correctly, then I don’t consider myself a feminist. I like the southern gentleman opening the door for me and paying for me. The other day I was saying something to my boyfriend about me being a girl and girls should go first and he said “What about this feminist thing, don’t y’all want to be treated the same?” and I said, “No I don’t, not