Feinstein, Dianne: Female roles before the 1970s


Dianne Feinstein: I got a lot of issues from other women. Women in the 60’s were not the way women today are. And when I ran in 1969 for the Board of supervisors, I saw in their faces: “Oh she must have something wrong with her marriage.” “Why is she doing this? It doesn’t make any sense.” Well that was then, and now it’s all different. And I tell young people, “You know, you’re so lucky to grow up today”, particularly those who are women, “because you have so many choices.” In my day, if you didn’t get married, you were an old maid. If you had just a career, you were suspect. And if you did nothing, but raise children and stay home, that was pretty much okay.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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