I had the privilege of hearing Madeleine Albright speak tonight at the Prof’s university. She was brilliantly articulate, movingly eloquent, gracious, witty, and dynamic. Hearing her, I felt a strong pride in my country and a responsibility as well.
Many of her comments bear repeating, but she said one thing that really struck a chord with me, perhaps because we just covered gender discrimination in Con Law: women today have largely forgotten how much more difficult things were for women only a generation ago. And we have forgotten that we could lose all the gains that our mothers and grandmothers made.
Feminism has become an outmoded idea in American social and political life, and that is deeply unfortunate. If we women blind ourselves to the oppressive conditions of the past, we will never see the inequities that still persist, and we will be powerless to work against them. Perhaps worst of all, we will demonstrate a sad ingratitude to all the women who blazed the trails for us, so that we might walk an easier road than they did.
Back to the knitting tomorrow, folks.