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RE: throw away society--"women's roles"

Auralie, I guess this thread is in keeping with the subject line..."throw
away society."  It's amazing how much potential was wasted as recently as a
few decades ago!  In the 70's and 80's I lost several opportunities merely
because I wasn't male.  (I scored 2nd in a management aptitude test one
place and all the males below me got decent managerial jobs while they
offered me a secretarial role.)  I was also hated for taking advantage of
the first payout for maternity leave.  (I had been denied a transfer to
another department at the same company because I was pregnant.)  

That doesn't begin to compare with the opportunity that might have been
yours under different circumstances.  But I too wonder how that might have
worked out for you and how you might have affected the lives of those around
you.  WOW!!!  Of course, hindsight is always 100%.  

And yet, even in today's "enlightened" society, women still do get paid far
less than equal work for equal pay next to their male counterparts.  And
mature men and women with plenty of background and experience are forced
into entry level positions regardless of education or competence merely
because they are over 50.  

Honest, I never marched for women's rights as I thought that equity should
be genderless.  Yeah, I was pretty naive.  

I'll get off my soapbox now.  Sorry men!  We couldn't make our world go
'round without you there too.  I just wish the "powers that be" would get a
fresh prospective on what they are missing. 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2003 7:48 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] throw away society

In a message dated 11/24/2003 6:19:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
wmorgan972@ameritech.net writes:

> No doubt, Kitty.  Of course, a high school counselor also told me I 
> wouldn't
> need higher math skills as a woman either.  (I'd like to have told him
> he could put that notion!  LOL!)  

The head of the math department when I was in college told me that the only 
career open to women in math was to teach - this was when I objected to
to take education courses.  In a couple of years I was offered a job at the 
space center in Huntsville (this was before the first space shots) just
I had the math combined with library.  (I didn't take the job - went to work

for the Navy in Pensacola instead because my intended's mother lived there.)
have often wondered what would have happened had I gone that route.  I
even know then that there were women who were important in the development
the first computers.  How I would have loved that!  Auralie

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