December 3rd, 2008 at 4:08 pm
perspicacious, today's economy is comparable to the Great Depression. In many ways our economy is worse now. Even though the unemployment rate back then was around 25%, they didn't have debt in the multiple trillions as we have today. Our economy is worse today because it's a house of cards that could collapse at any moment if foreign nations stop lending us money.
I find it interesting that Glenn would write a post about the Great Depression. I've said over and over that feminism can only survive during good economic times. Imagine how absurd women would have appeared if they had demanded "equal rights" during the depression. They would have been run out of town. Women especially should hope for a good economy because if things get worse your "rights" will fly right out the window.
I have to say that back in the 1930's the belief system regarding men and women was extremely different than they it is today. This commenter is correct in saying women would be run out of town, but not for the reasons assumed. It would have been because this was "not a woman's place" to rebel or demand rights. Sadly though women's rights has come a long way since then, we still have a long way to go.