danice picraux


V.21 No.19 | 5/10/2012
Rep. Danice Picraux in 2009, when she spearheaded an effort to demand state schools comply with sports gender equity laws
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Retiring legislator fought for women and the working class

Danice Picraux is a pioneer, but don’t let her catch you saying that. Born, as she says, at the “head of the baby boom” in 1946, she was raised in the aftershock of World War II. It was a time when, like a rubber band pulled too taut, the nation snapped back to traditional gender roles. The United States fled from the cultural phenomenon of women working during wartime. Returning to pre-war gender norms with a glaze of extremism, the ’50s model of the powdered, curled and aproned white housewife was born.

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