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Sara Ann Friedman

  • Money is today, as much as ever, the ultimate symbol of authority and autonomy, of power, ownership, and entitlement in the Western world. Money is the very essence of survival, a tangible measure of success and self-worth in our society, and making it is still the ultimate male prerogative. The rewards of money for women — which include economic security, nurturing, freedom — have historically resided in the illusory grace of others' generosity.

  • Money is a metaphor and a reality. It provides choices but demands self-knowledge from us: We must decide what we are willing or unwilling to do for money.

  • The American women's movement, in the closing quarter of the twentieth century, began in the workplace. Twenty-five years later it is still a work in progress. Despite efforts to make them comprehensible, broad social movements do not proceed in neat and orderly fashion, participants marching single file, their eyes glued to the future. Such movements are ill-defined, contradictory, painful, exhilarating. Like biological evolution, social processes advance and retreat in fits and starts, sometimes so incrementally as to seem nonexistent. But change is inexorable, and once unleashed cannot be contained. The movement of women today is no exception. At different speeds, in different ways, it is a worldwide happening. ... change happens in spirals, not cycles, and there is no going back.

Sara Ann Friedman, U.S. writer