Dear JAWS friends: With great sadness I must tell you that our sister in JAWS, Mary Thom, died on Friday after a tragic motorcycle accident in New York. Mary was a member and staunch supporter of JAWS for many years. She was a long-time editor of Ms. Magazine. Many JAWS members have worked with her in her role as editor at the Women’s Media Center, and all of us have been touched by her generous heart. We will miss her and send our love and support to her sister, longtime JAWS member Susan Loubet, a journalist in New Mexico who… read more
New York Times Obit April 28, 2013
It takes an old dog to teach a puppy new tricks. This video was posted by Caitlin Doucette on Facebook. It is so great to watch I am posting it to give non-Facebook friends a place to see it.
This is sad. It is especially difficult to learn since I had just been thinking about her. (See post below – Then and Now.) Found this notice on Kevin Roderick’s LA Observed website. He posted it December 31, 2012 4:54 PM:
“I’m catching up on some locally prominent deaths I’ve missed during the holiday slowdown.”
“Catherine O’Neill, 70, was co-founder of the the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, and before that a California political activist who ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for Secretary of State and twice for the state Senate.”
“She also had been director of the United Nations Information Center in Washington and editorial director at KFWB here. O’Neill died at UCLA of complications from cancer, her husband, the journalist Richard Reeves, said. “She ran for office because she wanted to get things done,” said Kathleen Brown, the former California state treasurer. “It wasn’t about the power. Something would tick her off.” LAT, NYT, Women’s Refugee Commission.”
Last month, when I was photographing JAWS guest speaker Gloria Steinem, I didn’t really think about the fact that I had done this once before.
But, as I was working on the images when I got home, I remembered that back in 1972, I had photographed her during a fundraiser in California for Cathy O’Neill. O’Neill was a natural politician and I was helping with her media after she won the primary in a district that included Santa Monica and West Los Angeles.
Had she won the election, she would have been the first woman in the California Senate. Stop and think, 40 years ago the California Senate was men-only.
Got me thinking so I did a little research.
In fact, it was not until 1976 that California elected the first woman to the State Senate. The number of women has increased in the California Senate over the years. In 2009 and 2010 there were 13 women Senators. Last year that number had dropped to 12. Unlike the gains for women in the U.S. Senate this election, with a record 20 of the 100 Senators to serve next year, women in California lost 3 seats in the State Senate. In the state where women hold both U.S. Senate seats, only 9 of the 39 seats will be held by women during the next legislative session. Some of the volatility may be due to California’s term limits. Let’s hope it isn’t a trend, because they say “As California goes, so goes the nation. ”
A lot has happened for women in politics between my first photos of Gloria Steinem and the ones I took in Albuquerque last month. Steinem’s feminist activism hasn’t changed. She is as relevant now as she was then.