to realize their equality…

…at the core of the contemporary rethinking of sex roles: we are told that men and women should be equals and even companions, but we are also  told to value men for their work. So far, women concerned to realize their equality have concentrated on the second half of this paradox, and have sought grounds for female solidarity and opportunities for women in the men’s working world. We have conceived of our liberation on the model of women’s soccieties and African queens. Yet as long as the domestic sphere remains female, women’s societies, however powerful, will never be the political equivalents of men’s; and, as in the past, sovereignty can be a metaphor for only a female elite.

Michelle Zimbalist RosaldoWoman, Culture, and Society, Stanford University Press, 1974, p.42


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