Seventy-four years ago today, my mother had an early birthday present.
Me. I had been expected on April Fools' Day but instead arrived exactly a week before her birthday.
Twenty-eight years later, Mom waited again, this time with me. Our son arrived just three days before my birthday, and he was also more than two weeks late.
Forward 15 years to another April and our daughter's first born arrived, only a day or so late and not at all close to her February birthday.
The three of us shared more.
We all completed a bachelor's degree before marriage, Mom during the Great Depression by working two years after high school and every summer to finance her education.
And we each wed on the same late-November date, for me in the same campus chapel 30 years after my parents had. My daughter married another three decades later in a different church.
But how diverse our post-wedding lives have been. And that reflects at least in part changing roles for women.
We are reminded of this by the furor over Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg's recently published book.
I've read only commentaries and excerpts from "Lean In" but enough to know she believes we need to reinvigorate the effort toward equality.
It's impossible to argue that women still have not reached for the power and leadership roles proportionate with our numbers, but we have made progress.