This is in response to David Brooks’ recent column on why women may lack confidence despite academic success.
I am a 1971 graduate of Smith college and a lawyer who was second in my law school class (first was also a woman). Academic success was no problem.
As to real-world success, an anecdote is telling. I am a docent at a historic adobe home, and I was reading about it. The land belonged to the Salazar family through a Spanish land grant. The Salazar daughter married Pierre Dallidet, who planted a vineyard there and was granted title to the ranch after California became a state.
Now the interesting part: even though the land was from her family and she bore Pierre nine children there, the California state historic plaque does not mention the wife. It simply states: “Home of Pierre Dallidet.” I saw how wrong that was. Then I came home and noticed that my own house has a local historic marker with a similar sexist error. I have lived through the feminist revolution, and yet have been blind to these plaques consigning the women to anonymity.
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It is important to change these historical markers, so others may remember the women who shared the historic homes and made a life there with these men named on the plaques.