This past Wednesday, Kelley (my inimitably bouncy and brilliant co-founder) and I got on the phone with Sonia Fuentes, a newfound hero I didn’t know I had.
To make a longer sordid story short(er) . . . in 1965, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was created to enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Fuentes joined as one of the first female attorneys just three months later and grew horrified at how little was actually being done to enforce the prohibition of gender discrimination.
Shortly after she started, she told us Betty Friedan walked into the office one day to interview members of the EEOC for a new book about how much things had improved for women since The Feminine Mystique. Fuentes took her into her office and burst into tears.
So little has! she wept.
But tears gave way to organization. Together, alongside 26 other founders, Friedan and Fuentes created the National Organization for Women (NOW) in June 1966, which is still doggedly championing women’s rights using advocacy, litigation, and education; it has chapters in all 50 states AND YES I WILL BE JOINING AND SO SHOULD YOU.
This is my long way of saying, there are so many people to admire whose shoulders we stand upon, who are fighting every. goddamn. day — Congresswoman Maxine Waters telling Trump to “Get ready for impeachment” is. everything. — but sometimes it feels really really hard to see them.
Keep your chin up, your eyes open, and your fists clenched. We’re in this together.
I may be biased, but I think you’ll see why the kids of today will stand on the shoulders of Establishment writers tomorrow . . .
With love + rage,
Co-founder | Creative Director
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