I love this artist’s take on my generation’s “feminism.”
Anyway, just read an interesting piece over at Newsweek and that link is here. So, these 70’s women and what they were doing was something girls my age in the 70’s looked up to. They were in the workforce and it is really interesting to read about the concept of “dollies.”
They were an archetype: independent, determined young graduates of Seven Sisters colleges, fresh-faced, new to the big city, full of aspiration. Privately, they burned with the kind of ambition that New York encourages so well. Yet they were told in job interviews that women could never get to the top, or even the middle. They accepted positions anyway—sorting mail, collecting newspaper clippings, delivering coffee. Clad in short skirts and dark-rimmed glasses, they’d click around in heels, currying favor with the all-male management, smiling softly when the bosses called them “dollies.” That’s just the way the world worked then. Though each quietly believed she’d be the one to break through, ambition, in any real sense, wasn’t something a woman could talk about out loud.
It was still like that in the 80’s at the places I worked. Some women slept their way to the top?
I’m serious. Most of us who considered ourselves feminists would not do a thing like that. Not on the job. Ever. We would have really looked down on a perceived “sister” who was doing that. We just wanted to be seen as equals with the males we were working with. Read the whole article. It’s good.
Sexual equality and sexual freedom were part of all that too. In a sense we became very much like men in the way they acted. This included relationships?
We were just “equal.”