Personal, and Important

When I came into this world:

  • There was one woman in the US Senate
  • There were eleven women in the US House of Representatives
  • A woman had yet to be appointed to the Supreme Court
  • A Black person had yet to be appointed to the Supreme Court
  • A Latinx person had yet to be appointed to the Supreme Court
  • There were five Black members of the US House of Representatives
  • There was one Black member of the US Senate
  • A Black person had yet to be elected Governor of a state
  • A Black person had yet to be elected Mayor of a major US city
  • The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King was still working hard to secure civil rights for minorities
  • It was legal to discriminate against minorities and women in housing
  • Title IX had yet to be passed
  • Women could not get credit in their own names; a husband or other male guardian had to cosign
  • Marital rape was still legal
  • Job listings specifying male candidates only were legal
  • Jury service was not mandatory for women
  • It was legal for attorneys to use peremptory challenges to alter a jury’s gender ratio
  • Roe vs Wade had yet to be heard by the Supreme Court
  • It was legal to discriminate against women in employment if they became pregnant, were pregnant, or might become pregnant
  • Sexual harrassment had not been codified as illegal discrimination
  • Institutions that excluded women could still receive Federal funds
  • Desegregation of schools had been mandated by the Supreme Court, but yet to be implemented in a lot of places
  • Age discrimination was legal
  • Homosexuality was illegal and classified as a mental illness
  • It was legal to discriminate against the disabled on the basis of their disability

All of that has changed in my lifetime. And in the past eight years I have had the opportunity to vote for an African American president twice, and today I get to vote for a woman to be president. I always hoped those things would happen, but seriously doubted I’d actually get to see them.

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How far we’ve come, and how far we have yet to go.

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