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Houston Breakthrough December-January 1981
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Houston Breakthrough December-January 1981 - Page 16. December 1980 - January 1981. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 30, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/1226/show/1213.

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Title Houston Breakthrough December-January 1981
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date December 1980 - January 1981
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  • 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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Transcript 7978 1978 broke 140 years of tradition when Kathy Whitmire (photo 5) was sworn into office. The new city controller was the first woman ever elected to office in Houston, Texas. Her opponents spent hundreds of thousands of dollars but in the opinion of political observers, Whitmire had "the best organized campaign in that race." Steve Jone, her run-off opponent said to the press, "Well, when you start with the Harris County Women's Political Caucus as a nucleus to build on, and you've already got the lines of communication open through a newpaper like Breakthrough, how could you help but be effective?" Promising to be the "advocate of all the people", newly-elected Mayor Jim McConn told the Downtown Rotary Club that neither the position of women's advocate nor Nikki Van Hightower would have any place in his administration, an announcement he failed to make to Van Hightower (illustration 6). She learned about it from members of the press. In a tribute to the out-going women's advocate "for all she had done for the women of Houston", Sally Chalmers, supervisor of primates, cats and bears at the Houston Zoo, named a baby leopard Nikki. "She is feisty but gentle," said Chalmers. A special series called "Motherhood" looked at the way new parents, Nancy Kern (photo 1) and Jim Asker, prepared for the home birth of their child (Na- thanial, born January 28, 1978). We called Nate the Breakthrough baby. Asker, a reporter for the Houston Post, also did a full page story on the delivery, (It ran on page 3 in section one of a Sunday edition). After two years of publishing the paper, our curiosity got the better of us. We were determined to find out what kind of person reads Breakthrough. With help from marketing analyst Tom Rowan and data specialist Lynne Mutchler, we compiled our reader survey. Over 2,000 questionnaires were sent out and in less than one month, we had an astounding 25% return (photo 2). On one level, it was the survival information our advertisers had been asking about. Yet, on another, the questionnaires were a very human experience. People did not simply fill in the blanks. They squeezed in relies in every conceivable space and even added extra pages. When asked if there was a need for Breakthrough, 100% of the respondents answered, "Yes." "Are you kidding?" was the most typical reply. A profile of our readers emerged: 44% had a master's degree or above; 58% worked full-time; 56% had a family income over $20,000; 94% voted regularly in elections. The most frequently purchased item was books; least were cigarettes. One reader described Breakthrough as an "important publication for women and other human beings." We started a new back page feature called "What Kind of Person Reads Breakthrough?" to show the variety of lifestyles of our readers, (photo 4) of dancer Laura Fly). We did a comprehensive election issue in April 1978 and sociologist Chandler Davidson interviewed Billi^e Carr, the "dean of the Texas liberals" to put the whole election year in perspective. "Is this an important election year, Billie?" asked Davidson. "There's no such thing as an unimportant election year," she replied. Her observations about progressives: "I'm beginning to think that we liberals have got sort of complacent and lazy, and it's time we started some unpopular stands again, if we're going to continue our role as the conscience of a state or an era." That summer, Breakthrough declared an energy crisis after we held an emergency staff meeting (photo 7). We decided to come out with smaller issues for a few months, but never missed one. We took vacations to the mountains and on the sea (photo 8). By the fall, we were ready to get back in there. 16 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH