Sunday, March 01, 2009

"Don't iron while the strike is hot!"

That was the slogan of the Women's Strike for Equality, a nationwide women's liberation demonstration that took place on August 26, 1970, the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the women's suffrage amendment.

Timed to coincide with the evening rush hour in New York City; some 50,000 women marched down Fifth Avenue.

It would be a few more years before the women who marched that day were taken seriously. This sneering TIME magazine article from the period is ample proof that women still had a way to go.

I was living in New York City at the time. It was a turbulent period; the Vietnam war was raging and there were almost weekly anti-war demonstrations. It was a great training ground for an aspiring photojournalist.

I recently came across the negatives I made at the time.

Where have the years gone?


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