While talking with a friend recently, the conversation turned to how many of her friends already have several children. She is twenty-four and most of her friends are around the same age. Most are not college educated and struggle to make ends meat on meager wages. I mentioned that a lot of my friends are just starting families. I am thirty-nine.
This conversation got me thinking. I have never forgotten the struggle of the women that came before me. My great-grandma always was first in line to vote because she didn't have that right when she was a young woman. Both my great-grandma and grandma were extremely strong women. They worked full-time, outside of the home, which was pretty progressive for the time. My mom's generation saw birth control become available and abortion become legal. I grew up during the equal rights movement. Women were encouraged to get an education and then a career before starting a family.(if they chose to have one at all) When I was first married, my grandma used to slip me a few dollars, occasionally, because she thought a woman should have some money that is her own. Money that her husband had no claim on.
So what about the women in their teens and twenties? Have they forgotten? Have we lost ground? It seems that they are having children at a younger and younger age. This has really been brought to the forefront recently by Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin. These young women are really the first women to have been raised with all of the privileges that the feminist movement earned for us.
Do they take it for granted?
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