Conference Countdown: 1 Day

June 26, 2008 | NeW Staff

One more day!  I am so thrilled about the Conference tomorrow.  I started NeW in 2004 with a small group of friends.  To think that our idea has now turned into a national movement is so rewarding and at the same time, motivates me to keep building it and making it better.  I think a lot of the women involved love the fact that they have been part of this organization at the beginning, so they have shaped its course.  We are really making a difference.  NeW has so much potential!

From chapter 6, “About the Political–and the Personal,”

“…if we are going to realize the sorts of lives that feminists would have us lead, lives that are indistinguishable in every way from men’s–then it’s going to require a dramatic increase in the reach and ambition of the government.  The feminist organizations understand this.  Every one of the positions of the National Organization for Women ultimately calls upon the state to do more to enforce its view of how women should live and what they should do.  If we’re all going to work full-time, then we are going to need someone to watch our kids; twenty-four hour, cheap, plentiful, state-run day care is the solution, as are laws that compel employers to accommodate the unpredictable emergencies of our daily lives.  If divorce is easy and sex is casual, then we will need a much larger welfare program to take care of the increasing numbers of abandoned women and their children.  If women do not naturally qualify for occupations like fire fighting and military combat, then we will have to lower the physical standards of these professions and impose quotas in order to recruit more women.  I could go on and on.  But when it comes to helping women do anything that differs from this vision–such as leaving the workforce for a  spell or relying in any emotional or economic way upon men–then feminist groups are opposed.” (p. 178)

I look forward to seeing many of our readers on Friday.  If you have any last minute questions, please email Kathleen or me.

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