Our Vision and Values: Women Shaping the 21st Century

Our Vision and Values: Women Shaping the 21st Century

Our Vision and Values: Women Shaping the 21st Century

Our Vision and Values: Women Shaping the 21st Century

Synopsis

This book covers issues critical to women--issues of women's participation in the economy, in business management, in politics and government, and in the community's spiritual life. It discusses how women can evaluate and control the various risks that confront them and their families; it investigates sexism in language and gender issues in literature; it shows how feminist psychotherapy has been developing and its future role and promise; and it discusses women's sexuality and how women can define and accept their sexual identity. The unique feature of this book is that it clearly shows women live in a world whose every aspect has been defined by men. The writers help women understand what the present situation of women is, how it became that way, and how they can take control of their lives in the future. The authors of this collection of essays, all of them important participants in shaping the feminist history of the past few decades, have a vision of the 21st century that recognizes women's contributions and is concerned about women's values.

Excerpt

Frances C. Hutner

It is the year 2050. Looking backward over the first half of the 21st century what will women see? Will the "Year of the Woman," enthusiastically touted in the 1992 elections, have become the "Century of the Woman"? If so, what will that mean? An end to widespread child poverty? No homelessness? Health care for everyone? Pay equity, regardless of sex or race? Equal educational opportunity? Equal access to occupations and jobs within occupations? Equal emphasis in the health care system on the needs of women, children, and the elderly? Legislatures, courts, churches, corporations, law firms, engineering firms, government bureaucracies, academic institutions, health and social services where women and minorities work and advance without hitting glass walls or ceilings or being glued to sticky floors? Institutions like these with structures fitted to the needs of families? A century when women and men, minorities and majorities, respect each other's differences and abilities, work together as equals, and have the common good as their goal?

Looking forward from the last decade of the 20th century, the women writing this book focus on the future--on what the women looking backward in the year 2050 will see. An unprecedented twenty years of social change have altered almost every aspect of women's lives. What seemed not so long ago to be immutable patterns of work, courtship, family, and community life have all but disappeared. So thorough and rapid has been the pace of change that even the immediate future--next year, the year after--

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