So, 91 years ago today women got the vote in the United States. And 40 years ago, August 26th was declared “Women’s Equality Day.” Are we equal? Women make 77 cents to a man’s dollar. Women make up 46% of the labor force, but are mainly in helper and nurturing types of jobs still, like secretarial, nurses, cashiers, elementary and middle school teachers, retail sales, waitressing, maids, receptionists. Since 1982, more women earn college degrees than men, and the majority of PhDs are women. But women are only 27% of large research university faculties and only make of 17% of Congress. I’d say not.
Our fundraising event last night was spectacular. Thanks to the Laguna Hills branch of AAUW for their help. Everyone pitched in from the old and new cast, and even other performers not even (yet) connected with the play.
Some of the performers dropped out at the last minute due to health reasons. And Pauli, playing Dr. Pauli Murray, the first woman African-American Episcopal minister, stepped in to give Eleanor Roosevelt’s speech on the Declaration of Universal Human Rights.
All in all, the audience loved our show. I had a handout to guess when women got various rights, and they were avid to get the answer sheet afterwards.