In 1968, Phillip Morris introduced cigarette brand, Virginia Slims. The catchy slogan was, You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby. Yes, nothing says women’s equality and equal rights like lung cancer. Aside from the lung cancer issue, it did feel as though there was real progress being made in the late 60’s and early 70’s to create some parity for women.
When I read the article about “Mini-skirt Monday,” I reflected how severe the backlash on women’s rights has been. A woman in Utah was fired from her job after filing a sexual harassment civil complaint against Lone Peak Controls and D&L Electric Control Company. Trudy Anderson reported that her boss, Derek Wright, sexually harassed her for years. Anderson documents the harassment and refers to a memo prescribing how she should dress for the week:
On top of “Mini-skirt Monday,” the schedule called for “Tube-top Tuesday,” “Wet T-shirt Wednesday,” “No bra Thursday” and “Bikini top Friday.
I suppose I am just naive, but do men really say things like this? I feel like I had a bad touch just reading the article. I can’t imagine how horrible Anderson must have felt to have to endure this type of harassment.
I also reflect on the past few months and how anti-woman the House of Representatives has become, thank you John Boehner. What really leaves me nonplussed is how many women are so horribly anti-woman. I see Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin and women of their ilk fighting against women’s health and fighting against reproductive rights. I don’t understand the mentality of “save the fetus, but who cares about the baby.” I will conclude with, “There is a long way to go,” rather than “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby.” I need to thank my friend “Voice from the Trailer” for sharing this article with me. Click here to read more.