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Free to Be You and Me Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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After she’d divorced my deadbeat dad and we’d relocated from Connecticut to Massachusetts, my mom took me to my first NOW meeting when I was in the 3rd grade. She also bought me the album Free To Be You and Me which embraces independent spirits and gender neutrality. I loved this record in elementary school.

A few days ago I heard the podcast of Marlo Thomas on NPR and all the memories of the songs on this album and the importance of this project streamed right back into my mind. Marlo Thomas and her celebrity friends including Alan Alda, Rosey Grier, Cicely Tyson, Harry Belafonte, Carol Channing, Michael Jackson, and Diana Ross created fantastic songs that still resonate as they’re also still relevant and necessary. There’s still rapant sexism, racism and bullying in the United States.

NPR interview with Marlo Thomas

track listing:

“Free To Be… You And Me” – Music by Stephen J. Lawrence, Lyrics by Bruce Hart, Performed by The New Seekers

“Boy Meets Girl” – Written by Carl Reiner and Peter Stone, Performed by Mel Brooks and Marlo Thomas

“When We Grow Up” – Music by Stephen J. Lawrence, Lyrics by Shelly Miller, Performed by Roberta Flack and Michael Jackson on the special and Diana Ross on the soundtrack CD.

“Don’t Dress Your Cat In An Apron” – Written by Dan Greenburg, Performed by Billy De Wolfe

“Parents Are People” – Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall, Performed by Harry Belafonte and Marlo Thomas

“Housework” – Written by Sheldon Harnick, Performed by Carol Channing

“Helping” – Written by Shel Silverstein, Performed by Tom Smothers

“Ladies First” – Performed by Marlo Thomas (based on a Shel Silverstein poem

“Dudley Pippin And The Principal” – Written by Phil Ressner, Performed by Billy De Wolfe, Bobby Morse, and Marlo Thomas

“It’s All Right To Cry” – Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall, Performed by Rosey Grier

“Sisters And Brothers” – Music by Stephen J. Lawrence, Lyrics by Bruce Hart, Performed by Sisters and Brothers

“William’s Doll” – Music by Mary Rodgers, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Performed by Alan Alda and Marlo Thomas (based on the children’s book)

“My Dog Is A Plumber” – Written by Dan Greenburg, Performed by Dick Cavett

“Atalanta” – Written by Betty Miles, Performed by Alan Alda and Marlo Thomas

“Grandma” – Written by Carole Hart, Performed by Diana Sands

“Girl Land” – Music by Mary Rodgers, Lyrics by Bruce Hart, Performed by Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones

“Dudley Pippin And His No-Friend” – Written by Phil Ressner, Performed by Bobby Morse and Marlo Thomas

“Glad To Have A Friend Like You” – Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall, Performed by Marlo Thomas

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Women’s History Month: focus on 1960s

Joan Baez

1960—folk singer Joan Baez releases her first album.

1960—Harper Lee writes the Pulitzer-prize winning To Kill a Mockingbird.

1960—the first BIRTH CONTROL PILL gets U.S. approval for sale.

1961—Eunice Kennedy Shriver helps establish a presidential committee on mental retardation. She later founds the Special Olympics.

1962—Ship of Fools by novelist/short-story writer Katherine-Anne Porter gets published.

Rita Moreno in West Side Story

1962—Rita Moreno wins an Academy Award for her role as Anita in West Side Story.
She is one of few people to win an Oscar, Tony, Grammy, Emmy and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

1962—First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy redecorates the White House with period furniture, wallpaper, art and china. She initiates a congressional bill to ensure that White House furnishings become the Smithsonian Institution’s property.

1963—feminist writer Betty Friedan writes The Feminine Mystique.

1963—The French Chef with Julia Child first airs on public television. The next year, Mastering the Art of French Cooking is published.

1963—President Kennedy signs the Equal Pay Act of 1963 [women earned 59 cents to every dollar men earned, today women earn ONLY 77 cents to every dollar men earn].

1964—more than forty neighbors witness the murder of Kitty Genovese in Queens and everyone ignores her cries for help.

1965—choreographer Twyla Tharp begins her career at Hunter College.

1966—television show That Girl premieres starring actress/feminist Marlo Thomas.

men try to take away Katherine Switzer's number during 1967 Boston Marathon

1967—Katherine Switzer secretly enters and successfully completes the Boston Marathon. She entered with the initial “K” to get in.

1968—Slouching Toward Bethelem, a collection of essays by Joan Didion, is published.

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