As we continue our coverage of Women's History Month, we turn to feminism and what it means to be a feminist in 2016. NY1's Michael Scotto went to the home of one of the founding editors of Ms. Magazine for a revealing conversation with her, her daughters, and granddaughters about why this election season has revealed a generational divide over the Women's Rights Movement.
It's no surprise that this dining room table has hosted many conversations about feminism; as founding editor of Ms. Magazine, Letty Cottin Pogrebin has for decades been at the forefront of the Women's Rights Movement.
Recently, we sat down with her, her journalist daughters, and teenage granddaughters and found differences in how the three generations view the controversial term.
"I think the word is used in a more negative way, so I don't really like to associate my feelings with feminism," said Maya Klaris, Letty's granddaughter.
"I've become fascinated that it's almost become a loaded word," said Robin Pogrebin, Letty's daughter. "I grew up with it, I took it for granted, I was always happy to embrace it and own it."
"In this year's election, it appears that it's okay to be a feminist," Letty said. "But not necessarily to be pro-woman."
That has been evident when it comes to Hillary Clinton. This year, the country has seen older and younger women split over her candidacy.
"The reason that millennials are not for Hillary is they haven't hit the barriers yet," Letty said. "They haven't lived through going to a bank and needing a loan and having to get your father's or your husband's signature."
But the barriers, in many ways, still exist.
Take what Maya said she heard in school:
Maya: One of my friends said, "I just don't want Hillary as president, because I don't trust a woman in the presidency."
Scotto: Who said that?
Maya: A friend.
Scotto: Male or female?
Maya: Male. And some people actually agreed with him. This was actually how he felt.
Scotto to Letty: You were surprised to hear that.
Obstacles, subtle and not-to-so-subtle, they said, are also present in the workplace and everyday life.
I imagine I earn less than a lot of my colleagues," Robin said.
"There are still these kind of cues that tell you to kind of play it down, take a backseat," said Abigail Pogrebin, Letty's daughter.
As for Letty's granddaughters, they acknowledged those obstacles are there, but seemed split over whether Clinton's campaign should appeal to gender.
"I wish it didn't have to be that Hillary was thought of as being a woman," Maya said.
"You want to see yourself in what you aspire to be," said Molly Shapiro, Letty's granddaughter. "And I think I would be very motivated — much more motivated — if I see Hillary in that position."