Feminists opened thousands of doors in the 1960s and 1970s, but decades later, are women where the thought they would be? The answer is a resounding no. Women have made obvious gains – such as women representing nearly 60 percent of college undergraduates and half of all medical and law students, and entering the workforce in record numbers, making the two-wage-earner family the norm – but combining a career and family turned out to be more complicated than expected.
While women changed, social structures surrounding work and family remained static. Affordable and high-quality childcare, paid family leave, and equal pay for equal work remain elusive for the vast majority of working women. In fact, the nation has fallen far behind other parts of the world on the gender-equity front.
It’s time, Kunin said to change all that. Looking back over five decades of advocacy, she analyzes where progress stalled, looks at the successes of other countries, and charts the course for the next feminist revolution – one that mobilizes women and men to call for the kind of government and workplace policies that can improve women’s lives and strengthen families.
The UNM Bookstore will be on hand to sell copies of Kunin’s latest book, “The New Feminist Agenda.” Kunin will also be available to sign copies.
This event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, the Department of American Studies and University College. For more information, contact the Feminist Research Institute, (505) 277‑1198.
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