acebauer (acebauer) wrote,
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A list

I recently read two New York Times reviews of Gail Collins' new book, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. It reminded me of a list I created awhile ago. I'm reprinting it here with slight modifications, since I think it's still important.

A list

Just a few of the things you can thank a feminist for:

sportsbras;
playing soccer;
wearing pants;
not wearing a corset;
running races;
being able to wrestle;
contraception;
voting;
getting medical care without having to get permission from your father, your brother or your husband;
being able to open a bank account on your own;
getting a job—the one you want;
writing for a newspaper other than in the Lifestyles section;
being paid equally to other employees;
having a credit card in your name alone;
being allowed to get an advanced degree—in any field you want;
the research done on breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, cancer of the uterus;
medical research being done on women’s heart attacks;
your daycare center;
Montessori schools;
comfortable clothes;
any hairstyle you decide you want;
walking alone down the street;
going alone to the museum, the cinema, the theater, if you want;
going to a bar on your own;
being seated at a restaurant on your own;
traveling without anyone’s permission;
opening a business on your own;
getting your driver’s license, your passport, your marriage license,without anyone’s permission;
being allowed up that mountain to ski;
being in that pool room to play;
being in the casino to gamble;
being allowed to drive a car;
owning your own property;
being able to will your property to whom you please;
being able to inherit;
that the money you make is yours to keep;
that you can own property;
that you can buy a car;
that the clothes you purchase are actually yours;
that your children are yours and his;
that if anyone hits you, that’s a crime;
and if, God forbid, you have an ectopic pregnancy, no one but you has to be consulted before they can save your life.

The scary thing is that there are still parts of the world where most of this isn't true.
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