Women’s Equality 2013 vs. 1964

Archie Bunker


I would have missed Women’s Equality Day 2013 yesterday had I not received an email recognizing the historic day from Carol Hadley, President of the California Federation of Republican Women. (Yes, Republicans recognize it too).

With this week’s focus on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech on the Capitol Mall, all of us are taking a moment to examine race relations in the United States as well as other milestones which have happened over the last 50 years.

I was four years old in 1964, but I remember Dr. King’s speech, his eloquence and poise, and his horrible assassination in 1968. It was a time when our nation was still in a delicate state after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy five years earlier.

Life was so much simpler back then. Our news programs featured the Vietnam War, hippies, and the love-rock musical Hair. We didn’t have Facebook, Twitter, the iPhone, or even a cell phone.

We dialed phones rather than having touch-tone phones. You didn’t walk around with a portable phone. Instead you struggled not to get the phone chord caught on the kitchen chairs if you decided to walk and talk on the phone.

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