Updated: Apr 4, 2019
Feisty Alice Borodkin has long been a favorite in our Wildflower Group community! She is courageous, has a great sense of humor, and a personal history that inspires us all.
As this is Women's History month, we asked Alice to share some pearls of wisdom with us.
If you think the 1940’s and 50’s were a simpler time, you’re right!
Men and women had their roles to play. The men were the bread winners and were supposed to be tough, and the little lady was the homemaker. Betty Crocker in all her splendor! A script written before time by countless men and women.
No one asked the women what they wanted!
For some of us that was not enough. Along came Betty Freidan, The Feminine Mystique and the “Problem Without a Name”, as the widespread unhappiness that women were feeling then was labeled.
Fighting the stereotype was difficult. The bosses who told you to be quiet before a meeting, the constant struggle for validation from those who thought you should be happy and couldn’t see who you really were.
Marching down 5th Avenue with names like Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, and Bella Abzug, for women’s equality brought out the rebel in me and turned a girl into a woman.
This was my journey. Caught between the Bettys. From following the script to becoming a pilot, to running for office. And all the pot holes along the way!
So, Wildflower Women, here is the bottom line:
You are never too old to re-invent yourself.
And at the age of 66 I remarried, after my husband of 47 years passed away, and I successfully ran for a House seat in the Colorado Legislature and served for 8 years!
Stay Strong and Bloom On!