Democracy Now interviews producer Betsy West, who talks about how "dismissive" the media were of the women's movement in the beginning. It is hard to grasp these days what it was like then. Most of us tried to ignore the blatant discrimination, because the alternative would have been to be furious all the time. DN shows great footage from the documentary of Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. In those days, discrimination was just this crass, lest we forget. We just got told we could not do things because we were women, so put up or shut up. Discrimination still prevails, but it is mostly covert and subtle: the dismissive remarks (still a favored way of dealing with women), the lower salaries, being assigned traditional roles and shunted aside in various ways.
Isn't this a great picture, of a parade with Bella Abzug and Betty Friedan in the lead! It was inspiring.