Archive for Thursday, October 15, 1998

FEMINIST CONCERNS

October 15, 1998

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To the editor:

``What is your definition of feminism? Do you consider yourself a feminist?'' Those questions were asked in an art history class I was recently auditing. The response was surprising.

Of approximately 60 students (both male and female), only three admitted to being feminists. One young lady could have been my granddaughter. The second could have been my daughter. I was the third feminist -- old enough to be ``grandmother'' in this group of three. None of the men admitted to being feminists.

I don't know why this group of students responded in this manner. I would like to think that the feminist movement has been so successful that young people take for granted the doors that were opened for them by the activists in preceding generations. I am, however, realistic enough to know that there is wishful thinking in that conclusion.

How do I define feminism?

By supporting a strong system of public education that promotes gender fairness, equity, and diversity.

By supporting programs that achieve economic self-sufficiency for all women.

By supporting programs that guarantee equality and individual rights for a diverse society.

By supporting a woman's right to choose the course of her reproductive life.

These are the topics that should concern us not only in the coming Nov. 3 election, but also in the November year 2000 election. The issues of importance to women are also important to every member of the family. The spin-meisters want us to either stay away from the polls or to vote on ``the scandal.'' I would urge you to vote for what is going to make a difference in your life and not in the politician's life. Every single vote counts.

Grace P. Cooper,

2404 Oxford Dr.,

public policy chair,

American Association

of University Women

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