Women on barstools

It’s hard to know where to begin with this. The Bulletin of May 31, 1967 had a disturbing editorial, at least by today’s standards.

It focused on a “strange revolution” among the female population that “perhaps began when women were allowed to vote, but more likely, when they started donning slacks instead of skirts.”

Women wanted “the chance at the high positions in management, in government and in all the places where the men had, for centuries, had control.”

What was apparently making editors David Gearhart and Karl Nash hot under the collar was women’s “lace-lashing battle for admittance into the last bastion of masculinity … where men can sit with other men and discuss matters of manly importance … the bar.

The previous week the Connecticut House passed a bill by a vote of 89 to 68 allowing women to climb upon barstools in the state. Horror of horrors, women did not even need a male escort!

The vote still had to pass the Senate, where it’s fate was in doubt. Equating the bar with women’s beauty salons, where they had their privacy, the editors said the bill should be killed.

Well, women got the right to sit on barstools. But about achieving the highest positions in management and government? Yeah, still working on that.