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In Person: Abby Vercauteren

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Okay let's say you're…oh…23-years-old and you've got "your whole life ahead of you," and that whole life ahead of you says you don't get the same privileges as men do, you can only earn 77 percent of what a man does. Your primary responsibility in life is to keep up appearances and stay at home and raise the kids and generally speaking you "needn't worry your pretty little head" about all the rest of it?

Would that rain on your outlook parade?

Not if you're Abby Vercauteren…

Abby is the coordinator for the Women's and Gender Equity Center at UW-Eau Claire and that means she's got her finger on the pulse of how women are treated here in the Good ol' USA. Despite the fact that the U.S. is probably not the most liberated country on the planet (that's arguably somewhere in Europe, according to the pundits) and that in 234 years we've yet to elect a female president, Abby's optimistic, and that impresses me for one.

She's optimistic that we can raise our children to be independent-thinking and actualized human beings. She's optimistic that women will break through the glass ceiling of the domination perpetuated stubbornly by white upper class men in the American corporate world, she's optimistic that if we all pull together as a team women will have their say in matters of home and state without the ugly backlash of sexism or the immanent threat of domestic violence.

Abby could live for another 60 or 70 years. What will America look like then? Will it be the egalitaria she envisions? Will Sarah Palin be the first women president? And is that good or bad for feminism?

Abby Vercauteren, In Person. Only on WQOW News 18. Wrap your pretty little head around that!

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