Though I usually stay away from anything made in the 70's (i.e shag carpeting and polyester clothing) I can't help but envy those that grew up with Free To Be… You and Me, the 1972 album and accompanying book created by Marlo Thomas. The album was marketed towards kids at a time when single working women were just beginning to show up on national television. It used catchy tunes to teach a revolutionary feminist message of gender equality, when social change was just budding.
Filled with fabulous celebrity cameos - the likes of Diana Ross, Shirley Jones, and Michael Jackson - none are better than the incomparable Carol Channing, who performs a sweet little ditty about media's skewed depiction of a women's place being "in the home."
Channing, who was often depicted as a typical ditzy blonde type, serves as the perfect speaker for this quirky, yet thought provoking piece. As a woman who has always celebrated femininity, she touts the message that being feminine is not a bad thing, it's gender discrimination that's the problem.
Quite obviously, women cannot and should not be relegated to housework, just as you cannot relegate Carol Channing to, well, anything! Talent, intellect, and perseverance are all things we should all strive for. Coincidentally, they are also perfect descriptors for the one and only Carol Channing, who has served as a living example of the power and beauty of being your truest self!