MOOC WHAW2.4x | 20.3 Responsibilities of the Affluent | Having It All

MOOC WHAW2.4x | 20.3 Responsibilities of the Affluent | Having It All


– The well-off found themselves at the opposite ends of this dilemma. For them, wage work was rarely desirable, even if it was an option. Yet personal responsibility
demanded engagement in some form of activity. So the well-off continued
to discover their work in philanthropic actions, or
in good government activities. If we look in the archives,
we find evidence of women who turned their family
lives into social purposes. Sally Goodgold was such a woman. She served in civic associations, sat on the boards of
nonprofit organizations, and generally turned
her life to good causes. Like Sally Goodgold, many of the women who served
on the boards of nonprofits came from affluent families. Only 20% of the corporate
seats represented in Standard & Poor’s Index
of the 500 Leading Companies, however, were held by women. 80% percent of these women were white, 12% black, 4% Latino, and fewer than 4% Asian. Sally Goodgold, a New
Yorker, left her papers to the Columbia Rare Book
and Manuscript Library, where we can take a peek into a lifestyle now generally gone. Curator Thai Jones will talk
to us about those papers and a little about Sally Goodgold herself.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *