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Men of quality aren't threatened by women seeking equality

Jean Augustine discusses the Men of quality button.

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And uh, this—there were several sidebars for April the 17th, so here were men, men of equality unthreatened by women seeking equality and I always like that because it speaks to the fact that in the quest for equality, it’s not just women, it’s not just women who should be concerned about women’s equality, but that men should be concerned and that there are men concerned with women’s equality and that there are men who could be called feminist, and that there are men who aren’t threatened by strong women or women seeking equality. I’m not too sure who did this to be honest but it would’ve been a men’s group, would’ve been a male group; “Men of Equality Seeking Equality.”



Jean Augustine discusses the I decide button.

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And “I Decide” again, that goes back to the question around a woman’s right to choose. So in that whole debate around the woman’s right to choose, this button was decidedly saying: I decide, as a woman, I decide. And that would’ve been again around the 80s. But what is interesting is that we talking about 1985 and those issues, those issues are as current today. Cause the discussions, we have not moved on. We have moved on but we really have not moved on.



Jean Augustine discusses the "Commit to all our daughters" button.

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Again, not too sure about this but it was within the theme of what we as women need to do and what we as women ought to do; Commit to our daughters, commit all to our daughters, because I think some of the gender issues that we were facing or the gender issues—the solution to some of the things we were putting on the table were not for ourselves but were really for our daughters



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Men of quality aren't threatened by women seeking equality