Thursday, June 30, 2011

On June 30

On this day in ...
... 1966 (45 years ago today), as described in a 2003 Time magazine essay by Betty Friedan (below left, an IntLawGrrls foremother), the National Organization for Women emerged in Washington, D.C., as a "furious" response to the "weekend of lip service" that she and other women at a U.S. government-convened 3d National Conference of the Commissions on the Status of Women. (photo credit) Friedan wrote:
The omens were not good. That week President Johnson and Lady Bird invited a few of us to tea at the White House. The President said he wanted to appoint talented women, but the problem was 'finding these women.' ...
... [A]s dignitaries yammered at the podium, I joined other furious women at the two front lunch tables, passing along notes written on napkins. ... I wrote on one napkin that NOW had 'to take the actions needed to bring women into the mainstream of American society, now ... in fully equal partnership with men.' As people rushed to catch planes, the founding members collected $5 from one another as our charter budget. Anna Roosevelt Halstead, Eleanor's daughter, gave me $10.

(Prior June 30 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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