As a kid, I remember seeing the Virginia Slims commercials targeting women with the slogan, “You’ve come a long way, baby,” on the television of our home in rural Georgia. It was 1968, a time when cigarettes could still be pitched on TV and the women’s movement was in full swing on the way to passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972. Forty years ago, only 1 in 3 American workers was a woman; today, it’s 1 in 2. In many ways, American women have come a long way. If only this were true in the rest of the world.
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