The EEOC and AT&T were joined in a battle over equal opportunity in the early 1970s. Too proud to admit its failure to provide equal opportunity for the women in its workforce, AT&T was willing to share all its data and records. AT&T's records, file after file, were provided without objection to the EEOC and thus built the case. AT&T even renovated a floor of a building in DC to provide a place for the EEOC lawyers to review those records. And in those files, the EEOC found documentation of just what it was trying to prove.
As the EEOC built its case, the lawyers discovered that AT&T's own data showed exactly how women and men were treated differently. They used that data to build their case, entitling it "A Unique Competence: A Study of Equal Employment Opportunity in the Bell System." When AT&T officers saw that document, they were shocked. When AT&T's women saw it, they were ready to organize.
It was not enough for a company like AT&T to have good intentions when their numbers and rules stood in the way of equal opportunity. Even changes that the company saw necessary were difficult to make happen. It took the shock of a government challenge and the ensuing public hearings to bring the reality home.
Even if you've never been involved in politics at any level, you can (and maybe should) run for office in your local municipality. Important decisions are being made every day in cities, townships, and boroughs and in school boards across the state. The process is not secret but it is obscure. Here are the five basic steps.
Spring break - a time to see a blooming world around us here in the northern hemisphere. It's a new beginning in so many ways wherever we live - a time to connect with friends and make new ones, a time to enjoy the natural world around us.