Some weeks ago I was looking for a good photograph of the late Catherine Pollard, the woman who became the first well-known de facto woman Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America. Ms. Pollard filled in in 1973 through 1975, when no one else could step into the job. This was back in the pre-intelligent Anthropocene, however; BSA’s National Council refused to accept her paperwork to be Scoutmaster, officially. Officially, BSA didn’t allow women to serve in that role.
Times changed. In 1988 BSA got smart and changed the rules so women could serve as Scoutmasters. Some alert person remembered Pollard’s fight to get recognition a decade earlier. Pollard was asked to sign up officially as the first woman Scoutmaster in 1988, and she did.
Now, I don’t recall why I needed it then, but there is an entire period of history prior to 1980, and for about 20 to 25 years before that, that is missing from internet archives. We need to do a better job of finding non-digital and non-digitized sources of photos, graphics, and other information from post-World War II times, and get them posted on the web, for the sake of history.
A kind reader named Brian sent us this photo. Thank you, Brian.
To the memory of Catherine Pollard, whose bugle called dozens of youth to a lifetime of service, though there were those who thought she shouldn’t be tooting the horn at all.
(Y’all got other photos out there you should be sharing? Send ‘em in.)
Shirley Sherrod’s story inspires. Take the time and watch the entire speech.
Remember Lilly Ledbetter’s story?
A chastened 111th Congress might give President Obama a chance to make things right, very soon; the House of Representatives already approved the bill:
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 – Vote Passed (247-171, 15 Not Voting)
I apologize — I do not have a citation for this next chunk of material (I’m looking):
First Victory for Women and Working Families in the 111th Congress!“It’s a one-two punch for women, that could knock out many pay inequities,” said NOW President Kim Gandy as the U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills today that would advance fair pay for women. In a vote of 247-171 the House passed the President-elect Barack Obama, who said during his that he would make pay equity a priority in his administration. Women voters also helped to elect a Congress that is more women-friendly than it has been in over a decade. We have worked for and have been waiting for this .(HR 11) to address the setback delivered by the last year for women victims of pay discrimination, and in a they passed the (HR 12).Thanks to the leadership of (D-Calif.), (D-Conn.) and (D-Calif.), these bills were on the schedule for the opening days of the 111th Congress and serve as an encouraging sign for things to come. Women voted overwhelmingly to elect
The Ledbetter legislation, which was blocked in the Republican-led Senate last year, will essentially reverse the Supreme Court decision that requires workers to file charges on a pay discrimination claim within the first six months of receiving their first discriminatory paycheck. The Court’s decision ingave employers the go-ahead to discriminate as long as they weren’t caught in the first six months after the onset of their illegal actions.
The companion bill, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which did not even make it to the Senate floor last year, closes loopholes that allow employers to pay men and women discriminatorily and provides consequences.
“NOW has been working since our founding over 40 years ago to end wage discrimination against women. We celebrate this day and look forward to the Senate’s upcoming vote on both bills,” said Gandy. The bills will go as a package to the Senate andhas promised that “pay equity” legislation is at the top of his to-do list.
Background on Lilly’s case:
Your votes for a new Congress and a new party in the White House appear to have had some effect “business as usual.”
See an Obama campaign video on Ledbetter, below.
(See more, here.)
Tip of the old scrub brush to Kathryn and Judith.