Every year, for 20 years, someone has written an obituary for the women's movement. Such was the case in James J. Kilpatrick's column (Editorial Pages, Feb. 3), "Here's to the Ladies."
Contrary to the views of Kilpatrick, who proudly refers to himself as one of the leading male-chauvinist pigs in our capital city, the women's movement continues to enjoy wide support among Americans.
A 1984 Lou Harris Survey reported that 70% of women believed that the movement for economic, social and legal equality for women had just begun or was at its strongest point. Younger women were even more likely to hold this view that the movement had just begun; reflective of their optimism for their own futures.
A young woman today has a lot more to look forward to than her mother before her. She can pursue a job or career of her own choosing, including aspiring to be President of the United States. She has a well-defined self-image that includes thinking highly enough of herself to ask for equal treatment and to determine her own sexuality. To more accurately quote Germaine Greer, "The right to say yes is not a freedom in the absence of the right to say no."