Readers React: Amy Klobuchar and the everyday unfairness of growing up female in America

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Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Amy Klobuchar delivers remarks about Brett Kavanaugh on Sept. 28.
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To the editor: I was delighted and reassured to read the anecdote in Virginia Heffernan’s column about Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) arriving to elementary school in the 1970s in her bell-bottoms in violation of the dress code. According to Klobuchar, she had to return home and put on a skirt before being allowed to come back to school.

In 1968, I had learned about civil disobedience and one day defiantly arrived to Nicolas Junior High School in Fullerton wearing a pair of blue jeans. I was promptly sent to the office and told to call my parents to ask them to bring me a skirt. My parents were both working, so I spent several hours sitting in the nurse’s office fuming.

Now that I know about Klobuchar’s action, I can tell myself that great minds were thinking alike then — and that young women today have no idea what we went through.

Loretta Howitt, Pasadena


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