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Marching for future generations

On Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in San Luis Obispo, a large crowd marched downtown as part of the Women’s March.
On Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in San Luis Obispo, a large crowd marched downtown as part of the Women’s March. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

As a 66-year-old woman, I respect your opinion if you do not support our march.

I lived during times when women were second-class, and I know in many situations we still are. Try being a woman who is black, Hispanic, Muslim or disabled.

I worked many jobs getting half the pay of the man for whom I was doing 90 percent of his work. I only worked for one man who didn't try to touch me, and most made sexually inappropriate comments.

To keep my desk job, where I never saw the public, I was required to wear a fashionable dress, high heels and nylons. I remember signs on toilets and drinking fountains saying “whites only,” and Lord help a woman who was raped because she was forced to give birth. Of course, so were all others — birth control was effectively nonexistent and so was child support when the man left her.

So I support the Women's March, and I marched in pouring rain — not for my sake, but for my granddaughters, you and your future daughters and granddaughters.

Ethel Landers, Nipomo

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