Women were equal?

I just experienced some serious cognitive disonance at an academic event. Three women professors were speaking about Oklahoma history and our university’s history in the 1920’s.

One professor emphasized that our agriculturally-based school was not equal towards girls because of the practical nature of their education, e.g. they had to learn how to cook and sew in order to be good farm wives. Yawn. Ho-hum.

The next professor then contradicted this accepted fact by saying Oklahoma farm women were equal to men, because hard work was hard work and everyone did their fair share. I snapped to attention! You mean washing your clothes by hand, sewing most of them, planting a garden, tending children, chickens, and the menfolk was hard work?!? And this made women as equally valuable economic assets in agriculture?

Where will we end up next….

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3 Responses to “Women were equal?”


  1. 1 Ginny October 31, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    LOL! Do I detect a note of sarcasm?
    πŸ˜‰

  2. 3 lilyamongthorns16 November 1, 2008 at 11:53 am

    What a novel idea! Whoever would have thought such a thing…


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