Put Another Log On the Fire

This morning I had a song in my head but I couldn’t remember the words. The living room fireplace blistered and glowed orange as the tinny refrain of, “put another log on the fire…” played over and over. I had a dim recollection of Muppets singing with glee. Why couldn’t I get that song out of my head? After a quick Google search, I found videos of Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare and Tompall Glasser – then finally, the Muppets.

What a lovely memory to have dredged up on this cold day! The video and melody I was scratching for included Candice Bergen dumping her man and ripping off her prairie housewife costume to reveal the feminist symbol of the second wave – the ankh symbol for women.

So put another log on the fire this morning, girlfriends and enjoy some of the wonderful advancements that people like Candice Bergen helped to forge during the second wave of feminism including but not limited to:

* The Equal Pay Act of 1963
* The expansion of reproductive rights
* The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
* Title IX
* Enlightenment and police training around issues of domestic violence
* Crashing through glass ceilings in most professions
* Workplace discrimination and sexual harassment policies and protections
While women and men scramble to maintain these achievements and to advance new ones, there has been much to celebrate in my lifetime.
Happy New Year!


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