And, just when you want to tune out, give up, and just tune in to Mad Men, THAT outlet pulls the plug. But not without giving us a little reminder of social progress made since that era, especially as pertains to the ERA, in one of the last episodes. This won't blow the finale for those that are delaying gratification by storing it in their DVR, and even if you've never watched it, at least watch the segment from one of the last episodes when Joan tries to go head to head with her boss over sexual discrimination. Spoiler alert: she loses.
We still have a ways to go, and equal pay issues can be added to my laundry list of misery-making headlines. But we cannot take the progress for granted. Organizations like Makers are showcasing the stories of women who have - and do - make America. Younger women can't afford to not tune in and understand the sacrifices made by the Joans before them.
I've made my own progress in the past few months. I'm channeling my anxiety about the news into a resource for women who want to find purpose-based ways to help turn thing more things around. It's called Golden Girl Dreams, and its aim is to be a curated guide to ways to give back. It's my sideline so it's slow going, but the illustrious followers I've gained on Twitter and the enthusiastic response I've gotten to the concept inspires me, and keep me moving forward.
It's all we can really do, after all.