While researching another issue, I found this article on the USA Today website. It’s a letter from an 82 year old woman who disagreed with the Supreme Court’s recent decision to block a class action sex discrimination lawsuit. This isn’t an issue we focus on, but I thought it was interesting because of the first person viewpoint of how far things have come, largely because of lawsuits forcing the issue and Congress reacting, slowly, to these issues.
The Supreme Court’s decision in the Wal-Mart class-action fiasco was the last straw. It seems the Republican Party, through the high court’s conservative majority, is intent on keeping women “barefoot and pregnant.” Do you really want to go back to the Middle Ages?
I’m 82 years old and have lived through some changes in regard to gender and the workplace. When World War II came along, “Rosie the Riveter” took an equal part in the war effort, discovering that she could do as well as a man in a “man’s job.” When the war ended, back home she went.
Later, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, gave me the opportunity to get a “man’s job” in the Southern Bell telephone company.
I went from one of the top paid women’s jobs in the plant department as a clerk — which was about the highest you could go as a woman at the time — to an entrance job aimed at high school boys, nearly doubling my salary.
Ruth Ceike Meier; Melbourne, Fla.