I am Woman…hear me roar!
Okay, now I’m showing my ’60s soul. You younger women might not believe this, but as late as 1965, the prevailing attitude in America (or at least the midlands. Everyone knew both coasts were crazy liberals,) was that girls got married, raised kids, and worked a low paying job to buy the family luxuries.
Then came the sexual revolution. Women started demanding equal pay for equal work. They insisted on control of their own bodies. They challenged the idea that a woman couldn’t balance a high-powered career and motherhood. We burned our bras, asked guys for dates, and wrote bitch with a capital “B”.
The change was slow, but persistent. In Oklahoma, it was almost glacial, but change did come…except in politics. OKC has long been a bastion of “good ol’ boys” politics. IF a woman ran for an office, it was something like the school board or county commissioner.
But Tuesday, the world turned topsy turvy. The primaries left us with two…TWO female candidates for governor of Oklahoma! Is the sky falling? Are pigs flying? With two women running, we have a win-win scenario. No matter who wins, the next governor of Oklahoma will be a woman.
And I’m in a real pickle because I like both candidates. I’ve voted for both candidates. Uh, I did tell you I have no party, right? Who do I vote for this time? First, I’ll see what each woman brings to the ballot, and if they’re still equal, then it will depend on the Lt. Governor candidates since I never split my vote on the top two spots. Just asking for trouble.
What does this have with writing? Not much. But with a writer, you never know.