Monday, October 26, 2009

Amelia Earhart, Mad Men and the Women's Conference

This fall, change truly is in the air. Change that has been happening for years, but either I'm becoming more aware of it, or equal rights for everyone is again at the forefront of most issues today.

I'm finishing (and ready to re-read) Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide, an inspiring book that will change perceptions and give you tools to make change. Nicholas D. Kristof, one of the authors, is at The Women's Conference that is being held today and tomorrow in Long Beach, California. Check the conference website for blogs, info about the sessions, the speakers and a live webcast Tuesday.

In Dan Glickman's take on Hilary Swank's new biopic of Amelia Earhart, he mentions The Women's Conference, and one of my favorite shows, "Mad Men."

"Fox Searchlight deserves kudos for bringing this important American story to the big screen, particularly at a time when strong female leads in major motion pictures are believed by many to be too few and far between.

"Movies are incomparable in bringing history to life and to the masses. And, this one certainly boasts an on-time arrival as women leaders convene in Southern California this week for The Women's Conference. Central to the conversation there, undoubtedly, will be The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything. This groundbreaking document, produced in partnership with the Center for American Progress, explores the "new normal" in our society where women now make up half the work force and, nearly as often as men, are the chief breadwinners in their households.

"We may love our "Mad Men" on television. But increasingly our society is moving beyond "the problem that has no name," as Betty Friedan once famously put it. According to The Shriver Report, from the kitchen table to the conference room, men and women increasingly are negotiating together a new balance of work and home. There, too, Earhart was ahead of her time, striking the word "obey" from her wedding vows and noting firmly but with affection that her marriage was a "partnership" of "dual control." (Dan Glickman, Huffington Post)

(Speaking of "Mad Men," did I miss Betsy's departure from the psychiatrist's couch, where they were dealing with "the problem that has no name?" I thought I'd seen every episode.)

Times, they are a-changing.

(Amelia Earhart photo from blog Onions + Garlic)

1 comment:

Soren Lorensen said...

love that black and white photo