05/08/2013 10:57 am ET

Vintage Letters From Working Women Of The 1970s And 1980s


We've been talking a lot about women and work recently, from "leaning in" to the depressing fact that women still make 77 cents to a man's dollar. However, women have been having these conversations for decades.

Maria Popova of Brainpickings recently shared extracts from "Letters To Ms.", a book edited by the late Mary Thom. The letters from women in the '70s and '80s -- from a female gas station attendant tired of being treated as unqualified to a professor who sued for equal pay -- are beyond awesome.

We especially love this one, written by taxi driver Jill Wood in 1980:

One day last week I pulled up to a four-way stop in my taxi. At one of the other stop signs sat a police officer in a chase cruiser, and at the third, a telephone installer in a Bell Canada van. What made the occasion memorable was the fact that all three of us were women. We celebrated with much joyful laughter and raised thumbs.

Head over to Brainpickings to read more.



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