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Narrator: And why not? After all, she was my girl. And I knew that she understood that in some small way my achievements were her achievements.
Narrator: The next hour saw one of the greatest bowling displays of that, or any other, season. Not by the Arnold women - by the Arnold men! We had it all, Dad and I - and we weren't afraid to use it. For the next thirty frames we took off the gloves. We showed no mercy. We slaughtered 'em. And when it was over... I think they were impressed. I know we were. That night, driving home, things seemed... right again. I guess the natural order had been restored. So, we could afford to be magnanimous. I mean, no sense being pigheaded. The way I saw it - the world was big enough for all of us. And besides, so what if women could influence government, take over big business, alter domestic policy, dominate education, make the world a better place. In one important respect, we had still a lot to teach them. Yep, when it came to being jerks, they still had a lot to learn.
Narrator: By the spring of nineteen-seventy-three the women's liberation movement was in full force. Across America, a revolution was in progress, shedding old stereotypes... building new roles. It was a time of raised-conscienciousness and high expectations... a fight for equality and freedom. Women everywhere were facing difficult and complex choices. Take my mother for example. She was a woman of her time. A woman of accomplishments. A woman who was appreciated. Yep, you might say in everything she did, Mom commanded our utmost respect. And whether it was pouring our coffee, buttering our toast, or simply washing our socks... we Arnold men supported her, encouraged her... right up until that day, when... Norma: I've decided to get a job.
Featured Music: "Never My Love" by The Association "I am Woman" by Helen Reddy "1st Movement from Symphony No.9" by Beethoven "Stand by Your Man" by Tammy Wynette
The title of this episode alludes to Louisa May Alcott's book, Little Women.