Still Crazy After All These Years

After the 1987 convention of the National Organization for Women, USA Today published the results of an "informal survey" of 703 NOW members. Forty-seven percent of the respondents said that "women are doing worse in 1987 than in 1980." Twenty-four percent said "women are doing better." Half the members questioned believed that "NOW should focus more on family and child-care issues."

Through the responses of its own membership, the best-known feminist organization in the country shot itself in the foot. If a 47 percent plurality of the NOW members surveyed believe that women are "doing worse" today than they were seven years ago, how does this organization explain its own failure? If only 24 percent of its members can assert that women today are "doing better," how does NOW justify its existence? And how much more "focus" on their welfare can America's children bear from an organization which, by its own admission, doesn't agree on much and can't accomplish what it does agree on?

In an informal survey conducted in my own household, 100 percent of the women available for questioning (me) agree on the most significant single accomplishment of organized feminism: It has done more to undermine the public image of women and the real rights of children than any individual, group, or social/political movement in memory. As a result of 20...

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