It's been three days since I read Bill's excellent article,
and I still can't get this statistic out of my head. One could argue that with
the passing of a few more years, the ranks of women who will have had enough
time to climb high enough on traditional ladders of corporate success to have
"earned" an obituary in The New
York Times will have risen.
But will the passage of time really solve the problem?
Bill states, and I concur, that he'd "much
rather read about the passing of a gifted educator, or a committed neighborhood
leader, or a beloved nun, than yet another starched-shirt banker or lawyer.
These unsung heroes and grassroots innovators don't live forever — even if
their ideas and impact do." However,
my concern is that for too long women have been the unsung and UNPAID heroes
during key periods of societal change and transition. Our nation is clearly in
the midst of one of those defining moments. As we reboot,
reset, and restart - my dream
is that we don't, once again, leave women to live out their years in
the pink ghetto... giving it our all, working our backsides off, and yet
still struggling to make ends meet at the end of the day.