W.I.T.C.H. [Women In Time do Change History]and It's About Time to reduce the hours of labor to earn a rising standard of living
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I've been in the on-line group SWT (Shorter Work Time) for I can't remember how many years. Posts by women have been very few and far between. I've hung in. My faith based on a NYTimes clipping I carried in my purse until it crumbled, dated sometime in 1968.
It was about a study from one of the UC campuses. Predicting that within 20 years at the [then] level of productivity, Americans would within 20 years, be working 20 hour weeks or 6 month years. I remember there was also about then a spurt of academic prognosticating about meeting the impending crisis by increasing production and marketing of recreation products. We hadn't yet fully absorbed the commodization of services, but lest I digress from my point:
My religion became Prioritizing women's concerns to save the US Labor Movement and Prioritizing Unionizing woman's work to win Women's Liberation. Neither the women I knew with any clout in 'second wave feminism' nor the men I knew with any clout in the Labor movement ever did more than listen as long as required before politely bringing the subject back to what they were getting me to do to advance the agenda I'd accepted in the illusory hope of reciprocity. No one ever asked me to draft a proposal or meet again to talk about it.
BUT PL4ALL [Paid Leave For All] is a real campaign today, with solid funding and smart staffing, I've contributed not one penny nor penned one page of. Thus, herein and hereby be it known: Validated is my faith, prediction, or hypothesis if you will, has been validated. Please note -- in all seriousness -- this 52 year investigator-bias free finding as thanks to a new sociological methodology. I'd like to claim that my theory and practice since 1968 had some causal relation to the fact that Liz Schuler is now the President of the AFL-CIO, the PL4All campaign underway, and the first steps -- paid family leave, universal child care funding and child care tax credit -- stand a real chance of being enacted. But all I can honestly claim today is that I was a better sociologist than I thought.
Oh, and what prompted me to post this link. No man would have ever thought of drawing pastel chalk pictures on the sidewalk to win a national labor campaign. Only someone[s] reveling in the fun of Women In Time Changing History.
PL4ALL [Paid Leave for All] campaign organizers take their kids with them and write chalk message to their Congressional Representatives to Pass Paid Leave
Women's Movement 1968
BEV GRANT'S SHOW Click Bev Grant's Show for images from 50th birthday of th Women's Liberation Movement: Jeanette Rankin Brigade, Miss America Protest, and W.I.T.C.H., as well as other allied progressive people's movements.
January, 1968 Eulogy for the Burial of Martyred Motherhood delivered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol by Peggy Dobbins for NYRadical Women participants in the Jeanette Rankin Brigade to end the war in Vietnam.
September, 1968, Auctioning Miss America on the boardwalk before the pageant where the Women's Liberation banner was unfurled.
Octobe 31, 1968. Click W.I.T.C.H. for a little tribute 50 years later to 4 of the W.I.T.C.H.es who hexed Wall Street Halloween 1968.
updated Aug 27,2021 Now back in Atlanta. Working with Donna Stephens as member of Chattahoochee Brick Company Descendants Coalition she spearheads and Board of FFRN (Fund For Reparations Now, composed of whites in different parts of US who raise funds for reparation projects authenticated as reparation and assigned to us by NAARC (National African American Reparation Commission, pending passage of H.R. 40. Please feel free to use anything on my site and I'll be honored if you do; but if you do, please cite Peggy Dobbins and include a link to peggydobbins.net