I had breakfast with Gloria Steinem this morning -- me and 1,000 other of her BFFs in Boston, at an event put on by The Commonwealth Institute, an organization that promotes women in business. She said a few things that really made me think. And a few things that really made me laugh, including: "I'd like to create a button that says 'The truth shall set you free, but first it will piss you off.'" Amen sistah.
She also talked alot about how family forms have a real connection to international and governmental relations. For example, the Native Americans had egalitarian family structures, where gender was never an issue. That lack of bias or set roles was reflected in their government, where female elders chose a chief and they could remove a chief. With three boys in the house, I will consider it a job well done if, when they grow up, they empty the dishwasher without their wives having to ask.
Later in the program a member of the audience asked her why younger women don't seem to appreciate all the hard-fought freedoms they have. This question posited -- without saying it -- why is this generation of women getting MBAs and then become stay-at-home moms? Gloria said she did not think young women don't appreciate their freedoms. It's just that women tend not to become activists about anything until they are older, and begin to feel their personal power slip away. Young women have all the power; they are fertile, pretty, etc., she said. As we age, all that changes.