NCR: The Freedom of Working Girls

As Women’s History Month draws to a close, have we forgotten stark lesson from our troubled past?

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By Carrie Gress

The general message to women for the last several decades, and smartly echoed on IWD, is that the future of women is in work, that we need equal pay, more opportunities, more avenues for our ambition, more domains for our dreams. In fact, as we are told, women’s work is so vital and pivotal to our happiness, that abortion must remain the law of the land so that no woman is saddled with an unwanted pregnancy getting in the way of her dreams. Rose McGowan just reminded us of this in her recent statement: “I realized I could not bring a child into my world and simultaneously change the world.” 

The overwhelming cultural message fed to women is that we will finally be equal, free, and happy when we have the work we want. That work will set us free — free from discrimination, financial restraints, controlling men — free to be who we are. Work is where women will find freedom. 

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Posted on March 31, 2019 .