NOW at the University of Houston, Founded March7*1981
THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT
SECTION 1: Equality of rights under the law
shall not be denied or abridged by the United
States or by any state on account of sex.
SECTION 2: The Congress shall have the power
to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the
provisions of this article.
SECTION 3: This amendment shall take effect
two years after the date of ratification.
M. J. Sommerfeld - President; E. G. Feld - Treasurer; R. Daumas - Membership;
J. Evansgardner - Public Relations; S. Forschler - Action Team Coordinator.
Volume 2, #4
Newsletter layout and paste-up by Rossann Daumas
The ERA is still alive and fighting in Oklahoma. While
it was defeated in the Oklahoma House, the ERA can be
ratified by OK legislators during a special session.
This is not a far-fetched notion. Oklahoma's Governor
Nigh has announced that he will call a special session
if passage of the ERA looks likely -- i.e. if at least
one other state passes it. Oklahoma broke the logjam
on the 19th (Suffrage) Amendment in special session in
1920. They also gave 18 year olds the right to vote in
a special session.
Elsewhere in this newsletter is a proposed National
bylaw that JoAnn and I wrote while we were in Oklahoma.
We took advantage of the opportunity to lobby activists
from other states who were also "missionarying" in
Oklahoma. Please read it, even though the print is
small. It is a follow-up to the page 2 article in the
I was thrilled to see all the work done in the chapter
while I was absent. RossAnn Daumas and Ellen Seaton
took care of a multitude of details and crises. In
addition, Ellen along with Cynthia Reyna and Susan
Marlow organized the March Program Meetings on Women's
Academic Status. The two meetings (at 1 and 7) were
very different. Janet Chafetz, (main campus) and Jean
Quataert, Nan Bruckner and Gretchen Mieszkowski (Clear
Lake campus) aroused spirited debate with their very
different approaches to the questions about women's
studies proposed by the program committee. I was glad
I got back in time to hear them.
If there are other issues you are interested in addressing, or if the meetings have not been at convenient
times for you, please call (783-9730) or write me about
what you'd like to see.
With summer approaching, my schedule undergoes dramatic
shifts which sharply limit my available "free" time.
Therefore, it is imperative if the chapter is to
continue to grow in its scope of actions, that you, the
raison d'etre of this organization, take the initia
tive for programs, tables, taskforces, newsletter, etc.
This would not mean signing away your life. In general, a commitment that focused your time and energy in a
particular area could easily be contained within 10
hours per month. RossAnn is organizing information
tables on campus two times a month. She said it took
her around 20 minutes to do the organizing before the
day of table. Add this to the 4 hours (2 hours/day)
working at the table, and for under 5 hours of her
time, the chapter got 2 new members, 9 message brigad-
ers, 25 people signed up as interested in the newsletter. NOT BAD. And doing a little really makes jy_ou
feel a lot better.
While during the last 2 months we've had more people
active than ever, people need to feel comfortable
taking the initiative for developing actions, programs,
etc. Therefore, because I believe people do more if
they believe they know what they are doing, the Texas
State NOW Task Force Coordinator, G. K. Sprinkle and I
are organizing a NOW Workshop for June 12. It will
explain how to set up Action Teams, Issue Taskforces,
including how to make media contacts, how to gather
needed information and resources, plus all the basics
on phone banking, petitioning, letter writing, etc.
Please plan on coming. It seemed especially appropriate to plan for such a Workshop because here in Houston
(as is obvious in our chapter) NOW has enjoyed tremendous growth in new members and new chapters within the
I'm going to try to call you within the month to
discuss what you feel comfortable doing in your NOW
chapter to help end sexism.
Elsewhere in this newsletter is a flyer for the Margie
Adam concert we are sponsoring this month. I hope you
will find a good place to post it. On the back you
will find a review which will/may make you unable to
miss it yourself. Hope to see you there.
MARGIE ADAMS IN CONCERT
AGNES ARNOLD AUDITORIUM, UH Central Campus
Tickets: $7 at door, Heidi's or Wilde & Stein
Books or at the Heights Bookstore; $6 for UH
students at ACCESS, & NOW members from Chapter
presidents in advance.
ACADEMIC STATUS OF WOMEN - PART II
NOW at UH PROGRAM MEETING
Cascade Room, University Center, 2nd floor
A panel of student, faculty, staff, community
women and faculty spouses will discuss
instances of sexism on UH campus.