At the last minute I decided to join
The theme of the swap was "empowerment."
Here are the postcards I made.
The images come from the 1949 edition of "Every Woman's Standard Medical Guide."
It's easy to laugh at the absurdity of these captions, but I think it's important to stop once in a while and reflect on how much has changed in such a short time. This isn't ancient history, this was the reality for so many people we know directly. Who do you know who was raised during these times? Your mother? Your grandmother? Perhaps you yourself.
Having grown up in the "Free To Be You and Me" 70s it's easy for me to take my rights and freedoms for granted. I have never felt oppressed or limited in my options.
The funny thing about this book is that I believe it was intended as a source of empowerment.
As it says above, we women are assets even in the halls of Congress. Imagine that!
(Just make sure you're married while you do "a man's job.")
I am thankful to the generations of women who fought and resisted and paved the way for the life I lead now. I am reminded to not become complacent as our current and future generations continue to work for equity. Perhaps the 2012 edition of "Our bodies, Ourselves" will look quaint and outdated to our future granddaughters.