As I entered the hotel, a reporter was asking a woman how feminism had changed over the years. I attended the National Organization for Women’s national convention in Albuquerque last week to answer that question for myself.
The next day’s newspaper headlines shot back one answer: DeBaca County may elect the state’s first female sheriff since the 1960s. And she’s gay, but that hasn’t been an issue in her campaign.
More answers: The Supreme Court ruled that a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics is unconstitutional. The Supremes themselves have a 100-foot buffer zone. They also decided that the beliefs of a corporation, Hobby Lobby, are more important than a woman’s need for contraception.
“There are three things we can do,” said President Terry O’Neill, “vote, vote, vote.”
I’ve been a NOW member for decades but never attend events. Many of us think we’re doing our bit through career choices, voting, and raising strong daughters and open-minded sons. Still, this was an opportunity to tune back in.