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Women have made gains, but equality fight is not over

Women's equality fight not yet over

In the 1970s Helen Reddy made popular the song, I Am Woman. Yes, it took until the 1970s before women had something to sing about.

March is Women's History Month and to help celebrate this occasion, a movie called A Powerful Noise will be shown at the AMC Woodlands Square 20 in Oldsmar. This movie is presented by CARE and the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. CARE is a leading humanitarian organization that fights global poverty by empowering women and girls.

Women in America have had to fight long and hard for the privileges that our young girls take for granted. My grandmother's generation fought, picketed, marched, even went to jail so that women could vote. My mother's generation fought so that women could buy property and have credit cards in their own name.

In the early 1990s, the American Association of University Women conducted studies which proved that middle school girls needed to be guided so that when they went to high school they would be ready to take classes in math and science. I would like to think that AAUW played a big part in the number of girls running for office, providing leadership in high school programs and the fact that more girls attend college now than boys. A special federal program, Title IX, approved in the 1970s, provides young girls with an opportunity to obtain college scholarships through sports. These are the causes that my generation fought for.

In January, President Obama signed into law the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. AAUW supported, financially and emotionally, Lilly Ledbetter in her fight for pay equity. This bill was not supported by either one of our local congressmen, C.W. Bill Young or Gus Bilirakis. However, we were able to get the bill signed into law.

Now, it is up to my granddaughter's generation to continue to fight for equal pay. Women earn 76 cents to a man's dollar. My granddaughter will also have to continue to fight to protect Title IX for young girls in the future. She will also have to fight to keep and protect every right that has been given to her by all of the women in the past. I wish her well on her journey.

Margaret Hyde, Clearwater

Re: Recent Clearwater Greek festival

Greek fest was too long and loud

We live 1 mile away from the festival location in a mobile home park. And as luck would have it, the sound from the Greek festival was heard loud and clear well after it was time to go to sleep.

I do not appreciate the city providing permits to folks who want to irritate me, especially after 11:30 p.m.

I have an idea. Have the festival in a city park, preferably where there are no residences nearby.

Linda Wagner, Clearwater

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Women have made gains, but equality fight is not over 03/04/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 4:28pm]

    

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