IF YOU'VE GOT
1970 has been a year of beginning and progress for NOW in
Houston. Formed in March, 1970,
with the required minimum of ten
members, the Houston Area chapter
has over 50 paid members as 1971
Through the efforts of the
Houston NOW chapter women were
heard as a minority group for the
first time at the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission hearings
held In Houston in June. At a
press conference following the
three-day hearings, Houston NOW
urged the EEOC to continue the inclusion of women as a minority
group in their future hearings.
The EEOC was convinced. Its
ensuing report, released in early
November, documented employment discrimination against women. The
EEOC reported that women "are rela-
gated to Jobs In peripheral sectors
of the Houston economy or to deadend Jobs in growth industries."
On August 26, In celebration
of the 50th anniversary of women's
franchise, Houston NOW held a rally
attracting over 300 people in front
of the Federal Building. Following
the rally, they desexigrated the
Men's Grill in downtown Foley's.
In an attempt to raise public
consciousness about the women's
rights movement, various members of
NOW have appeared on every major TV
and radio talk show in Houston.
Some of the programs on which NOW
members have appeared are these:
Morning Show on Channel 11
Last Word on Channel 13
News at Noon on Channel 11
Ken Falrchlld Show on KTRH
Rights in Conflict on KTRH
Jo Simmons Show on KYED
Women on Welfare on PACIFICA
Chapter members have also
appeared in person to promote the
ideas of women's liberation. They
have spoken to the Rotary Club of
Dickinson, The Society of Professional Engineers in Pasadena, the
Jewish Community Center, the
Boards of Directors of two private
schools, and to women's synagogue
auxiliaries among others.
In October, the BROADSIDE
began monthly publication.
Shortly before the November
, elections, Houston NOW held a
press conference and condemned the
failure of any candidate to respond
to the issue of women's rights.
In December, Houston NOW
hosted the Texas Abortion Coalition
In Its formation session.
1971 can be a year of success
for NOW and for women's equality
with hard work, determination, and
your help. Sisterhood Is powerful.
_ WOMEN'S CAUCUS
ST AT CONFERENCE
— ON CHILDREN
For the first time a women's
caucus was formed at the White House
Conference on Children, December 13-
18, in Washington, D.C. Among the
4000 delegates to the conference,
held once every decade, were NOW
members and other female rights advocates.
Delegates split Into separate
caucuses, each having special priorities. Most of the delegates demanded a plenary session at the conclusion of the conference so their
recommendations could be presented
in united form to President Nixon
for concrete action. Stephen Hess,
conference chairman, worked out a
complicated compromise that avoided
a plenary session while permitting
voting on the recommendations.
The women's caucus proposed
universal developmental child care
without sex role stereotyping to
help eliminate institutional and
individual sexism. They also strongly urged the establishment of a network of high-quality child care centers with a diversity of programs
and a variety of family options.
Their proposals were endorsed by the
Other final recommendations of
the conference included proposals
for a national child health care
program, a restructuring of Juvenile
laws, and a child advocacy agency
with full ethnic, racial, and sexual
The next conference is scheduled
for 1980. If a resolution passed at
this conference is implemented, the
1980 meeting will have facilities to
care for the delegates* children.
No such arrangements were made at