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  •  Feminism: My traditional family value (4.00)
    Granny was a Universalist, and proudly called herself an independent voter--though in retrospect, I imagine that involved a lot of voting for Democrats, a nice convenient fiction in a mainly Republican family.  I can't imagine a more classic Adlai Stevenson supporter.

    After all, in the 'teens she'd been a suffragette, she found any possible occasion to point that out, "I marched and marched", and always smiled beatifically.  

    She'd had her own fight with a male establishment, and had emerged victorious.  She was the first female architect licensed to work in the state; the male-dominated profession didn't care for this one bit.  So they quickly got a statute passed mandating that all architect's drawings had to be approved by a licensed civil engineer.  Who were all, conveniently, men.

    Well, at the time, the only requirement to be a licensed engineer was to pass a test.  Granny's solution was as clear as day.  She took the test, and, naturally, passed.  There was, no doubt, grumbling.  On the other hand, the man she eventually married, my grandfather, was also an architect.    

    Granny got her pilot's license at 70. How could I love Granny and not be a feminist?

    And yet, it runs further back, she was carrying on a tradition herself.  Granny had her own stories to tell of remarkable and accomplished women in her family before her, and tell those stories she did.  I considered these people as part of my family heritage, nothing more, as in the family was the only time you ever heard of them.  The funny thing is, years later, feminist scholarship has reclaimed some of them: Deborah Sampson and Margaret Fuller.

    Feminism:  it's my traditional family value.

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