Bob’s Newsletter: Wednesday, 26 August 2020
“The past is omnipresent.” –Bob Rogers
Women’s Equality Day and the United States Postal Service
Women’s Equality Day
Today, some folks in the United States will observe “Women’s Equality Day.” I am saluting the twin continuing struggles for suffrage and pay equity for women. Though I am sharing materials written mostly by women with you that I have “uncovered” (tripped over) while researching other histories, I found 19th, 20th, and 21st Century men who have participated in seeking equity for women.
Beginning in 1980, I joined the fray on behalf of the only and star female performer on my staff (read: best, número uno). A time-worn expression may apply to this subject: “Progress has been made.” I would add that significant work is still needed to close equity gaps.
Enough from me already—before I start on U.S. Soccer. Here are a handful of sources for your understanding and further exploration of the issues:
- Time Magazine (History)
- Yale University (History)
- Forbes (Compare the earnings of Jorge and Jasmine)
- UN Women (“I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.”)
Delivering the Mail
At age nine or ten, among my first letters were ones to the Lone Ranger and Captain Midnight fan clubs in the 1950s. During the days and weeks that followed, I stood beside the street at the appointed hour waiting for our mail carrier. In his kind way, he would patiently ask me to be patient. When my secret decoder arrived from Captain Midnight, our mail carrier was all grins celebrating with me the arrival of that important piece of mail.
As the United States Postal Service has saluted women important to progress in American history, I salute the women and men of USPS.
You can get your FREE copy of the colorful pictorial history of USPS from my website. While you are visiting my website, you are also invited to download the FREE one-page mail delivery story I wrote based on a two-sentence 1867 historical footnote that caught my eye. The story title is Duty Called.
Take a few minutes and share with me your earliest memory of the women and men of USPS or pay inequity.
Until the next time, do all the good you can for all the people you can.