Awhile back -- not too long ago -- I predicted the Women's March would be lost in the noise of Inauguration Day, that between more-obnoxious protesters and happy celebrations, they'd be lucky to get any screen time at all.
Was I ever wrong! They read the media waters correctly and I did not. I'm still not a fan of the hats and as for the issues-- There's a lot of specious stuff thrown about. Nevertheless, problems persist; I still sit in engineering meetings at work, make the same suggestion three times and find it ignored until one of the boys makes the exact same suggestion, at which point it is suddenly worthy of consideration! But I've never seen how marching with a sign, or even more fancy laws, was going to fix that. Having a seat at the table, speaking up, getting the lads used to seeing a woman there doing the same kind and level of work does help move things and I have high hopes for the next generation of women. In fact, there's a woman thirty years younger than me bossing a major construction project at work. She works for the general contractor, but even my bosses have to take her seriously, and they do. She doesn't seem to find it remarkable.
You don't sink any but the smallest nail with a single hammerblow, and then only if it doesn't matter how the finished product looks. Nope, you take a heavy swing or two to send it nearly down -- voting rights, property rights, etc. -- and then you take up a nail set and tap, tap, tap, sink the thing home. Then it looks as if it was always there, and passes without adverse notice.
We're gettin' there.
3 months ago