Yesterday’s Meet The Press on NBC showcased the new Shriver Report, entitled “A Woman’s Nation.” The roundtable discussion was lively and focused on American families, how women are often out-earning their husbands in the U.S. (even while still earning less for the same jobs), and the issues the modern family faces (child care and elder care, in addition to heath care).
It was interesting to hear David Gregory, the moderator, say his wife out-earned him – which he didn’t have a problem with – and how he recently went into his female boss saying that with his wife traveling more for work, he needed greater flexibility in his hours. Flexibility was a theme throughout the discussion; a high priority for most American workers.
And while I found this discussion fascinating, what I really found of interest was the “Meet The Press Minute,” from 1972, featuring Gloria Steinem. I began working about a decade after this interview, and it’s like it was a different century. I’ve always been grateful to the women who paved the way before me, but this (cold) “blast from the past” reminds us all that society evolves based on our thoughts and actions. As corporations and individuals, we can make a difference.
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