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Houston Breakthrough December-January 1981
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Houston Breakthrough December-January 1981 - Page 12. December 1980 - January 1981. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 19, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/1226/show/1209.

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(December 1980 - January 1981). Houston Breakthrough December-January 1981 - Page 12. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/1226/show/1209

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Title Houston Breakthrough December-January 1981
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date December 1980 - January 1981
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • periodicals
Language English
Physical Description 28 page periodical
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Original Item Location http://library.uh.edu/record=b2332724~S11
Digital Collection Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters
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Title Page 12
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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Transcript 7976 A one inch UPI filler in the dailies became our page one story for the first issue (January 1976): the opposition of feminists to the lifetime appointment of John Paul Stevens to the U.S. Supreme Court. "This is the Douglas seat and you can't give it to just anyone," exclaimed then national NOW president, Karen de Crow. In our maiden issue, we introduced several columnists: attorney Patricia O'Kane on the legal rights of women ("Portia's Law"), writer Wendy Haskell Meyer on health issues and research in the field ("Hygeia's Hotline"), and mechanic Jan Tarver ("Freda Fix-it") who cautioned readers to "trust no jack" when changing flat tires. Health-related stories dominated the year's news. To our surprise, our most controversial story of the year was Jim Caldwell's photo essay on a home birth. "What could be more natural or beautiful than the birth of a child? " Or so we thought. Months later we still heard, "Oh, you're the paper that printed those disgusting photos. . ." Our top news story in 1976 (April- October) focused on the power struggle between members of the nursing profession and physicians at UT medical schools, a struggle sparked when the UT Board of Regents dissolved the UT System School of Nursing. The UTSSN was unique in the nation in its organization as a six-campus network of nursing schools with a nurse president of the central organization. Physicians such as UT regent (the late) Joe Nelson charged that UT nurses in their progressive approach (studying the phenomenon of wellness over illness — see illustration 1) were neglecting clinical training. Nelson advocated a return to traditional "bedside" nursing and was the most outspoken proponent of the System's dissolution. The nurses took their protest to the media and before the regents (see photo 4 with Nelson (second from left), seated next to Lady Bird Johnson. Meanwhile, we took note of who in the press covered this shakeup in the medical profession. In "Pats and Pans," Gabrielle Cosgriff came down heavily on Houston Post medical reporter Mary Jane Schier for not only ignoring the story but for taking the physician side. (Pan Mary Jane for a Schier waste of space). We took note of the many awards Schier collected from the TMA and the THA for "excellence in medical reporting" and as a result we instituted our own Breakthrough Media Awards for "excellence in coverage of women's news." One of the first recipients of the award at our first birthday party was Channel 13's Jan Carson who stayed on the UT story from the beginning. From our first year, Breakthrough was the only local news outlet to report on the mysterious death of union leader Karen Silkwood (photo 3), a native of nearby Nederland, Texas. For our story on 'Manpower',a federally funded job training program now known as CETA, we sent reporter Suzanne Gray to them posing as a divorc ed mother of two with no skills. They immediately attempted to place her in an office trainee position ($300-400/ monthly). When we sent Rice graduate Gehrig Coleman in with a similar story, they talked to him about jobs as a management trainee ($700/monthly). We covered a debate on machismo between then City Controller Leone! Castillo and feminist Cilia Teresa (photo 6), the release of The Hite Report and Shere Hite's Houston visit (photo 5 on a Channel 11 program), and another controversial height report — the police department's agility and height requirement, viewed by the recently-appointed City of Houston's Woman Advocate, Nikki van Hightower, as a barrier for women applicants in the HPD. Our cartoonist Mark Stinson (illustration 2) took note of the fact that then Police Chief Pappy Bond might have a hard time passing an entry test. 12 H 0 UST 0 N AREA K T H R 0 U G H