I was a geeky little kid who started to read the paper at a tender age in the 1960’s. Back then, the help wanted ads were segregated by gender; jobs for women (stewardess, secretary, nurse) and jobs for men (everything else).
Problem: I didn’t want to be a stewardess, secretary or nurse. (My mom pushed me to be a nurse for 45 years, but that’s another story.)
Helen Thomas, "Barrier-busting White House reporter," who just died at age 92, was a shining beacon to a girl like me. She was the only female journalist who covered the White House. She asked hard questions of the most powerful men in the country at a time when the culture wanted women to shut up and look pretty.
My generation of feminists and everyone who followed us stand on her shoulders and in her debt.