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Broadside 1971-04 - Pages 6 and 7. April, 1971. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 23, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/1988/show/1982.

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Title Broadside 1971-04
Publisher National Organization for Women, Houston Chapter
Date April, 1971
Description Vol. 2 No. 4
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  • Women--Political activity--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • National Organization for Women--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • Periodicals
Language English
Physical Description 12 page periodical
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Digital Collection Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters
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Title Pages 6 and 7
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Women--Political activity--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • National Organization for Women--Periodicals
Original Item Location http://library.uh.edu/record=b3767173~S11
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Use and Reproduction Educational use only, no other permissions given. Copyright to this resource is held by the content creator, author, artist or other entity, and is provided here for educational purposes only. It may not be reproduced or distributed in any format without written permission of the copyright owner. For more information please see the UH Digital Library Fair Use policy on the “About” page of this website.
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Transcript MA BELL IS A MAN NOW MEMBERS PICKET BELL Members of Houston NOW picketed the offices of Southwestern Bell, Main at Elgin, as part of a nationwide demonstration on March 29. The demonstration protested American Telephone & Telegraph's continuing discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. NOW members nationally protested specifically the failure to give relief to Lorena Weeks. Ms. Weeks of Wadley, Georgia, is the plaintiff in Weeks v. Southern Bell, the first sex discrimination case under Title VII to reach the level of Circuit Court. Ms. Weeks has been employed by Southern Bell since June, 1947. In March, 1966, she bid for the job of switchman (a kind of repairman) which paid $51.50 more per week than she was earning. Denied the job solely on the basis of sex, Ms. Weeks filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They investigated the case and ruled in her favor but were unable to secure a voluntary agreement with Southern Bell. Ms. Weeks then sued in federal court. Southern Bell claimed that the job involved "strenuous activity" including lifting a 31-pound relay time-testing set. Further, a Georgia labor regulation forbade women and minors lifting weights in excess of 30 pounds(In the course of her job as Outside Plant Clerk, she daily lifted a 34-pound typewriter.). The district court agreed. Since her attorney was unwilling to appeal, Ms. Weeks contacted NOW. Sylvia Roberts, NOW Regional Director-South, took her case. After the briefs were filed in Circuit Court, the Georgia weight-lifting regulation was rescinded. The Fifth United States Circuit Court ruled that sex was not a bona fide occupational qualification for the job of switchman and that Southern Bell's refusal to consider Ms. Weeks for the job violated Title VII. The Court held that "Men have always had the right to determine whether the incremental increase in remuneration for strenuous, dangerous, obnoxious, or un- romantic tasks is worth the candle. The promise of Title VII is that women are now to be on an equal footing." On March 4,1971, five years after her initial bid, Lorena Weeks was given the job of switchman. She has received no back pay nor has Southern Bell paid her attorney's fees as specified by Title VII. The man who was given the job she bid for in 1966 has worked 1360 overtime hours. She demands that overtime be included in her back pay. Ms. Weeks contends that had she received the job in 1966, she would not have had to borrow money for her children's education (at 12# from Southern Bell)nor to sell her house. Aileen Hernandez, NOW National President, has written a letter strongly castigating Southern Bell Telephone Company for its treatment of Lorena Weeks. The company should be deluged with letters demanding justice for Lorena Weeks. Also, and just as important, Ms. Weeks could use some words of encouragement and appreciation. Write to Ms. Lorena Weeks, P.O.Box 52, Wadley, Georgia. At Southern Bell write Mr. Frank M. Malone, President, 67 Edgewood Ave., SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30303. NOW MEETS WITH BELL OFFICIALS Three members of Houston NOW met with officials of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, March 25. Barbara Farley, Gladys Guderian, and Helen Cassidy met with Paul Smith, area employment supervisor for Southwestern Bell, and Ernest Belts, Houston employment director, to discuss that company's affirmative action program as it relates to women and to inform them of Weeks v. Southern Bell. The NOW delegation asked that Houston Area NOW be considered a source of qualified applicants and that Southwestern Bell maintain systematic contacts on a continuing basis with NOW to help them in the hiring and promotion of women. In August, 1970, the Federal Communications Commission issued an order calling for "common carriers" to develop affirmative action hiring programs for minorities and women. Common carriers include telephone, telegraph, and cable TV companies. The order says that the companies must "establish, maintain, and carry out a positive continuing program of specific practices designed to assure equal opportunity in every aspect of employment policy and practice." NOW is involved nationally and locally because the order stipur- lates that a company must "communicate -its equal employment opportunity policy and program and its employment needs to sources of qualified applicants and solicit their recruitment on a continuing basis." Houston NOW has a copy of Southwestern Bell's affirmative action program. If you are interested in studying this program, helping write recommendations for affirmative action, and meeting with the company, call Helen Cassidy, 748-5369. AT&T ASKS FOR RATE INCREASE On March 29, the day of NOW's national protest against the Bell System, American Telephone & Telegraph petitioned the Federal Communications Commission for a rate increase. A brief to deny the increase was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the basis of the company's discrimination practices. The EEOC reports that 1000 claims of discrimination are filed against AT&T annually. Seven percent of all discrimination claims filed with the EEOC are against AT&T. The NOW National Board has sent a telegram to the FCC in support of the petition by EEOC to deny AT&T their requested rate increase because of their discriminatory hiring practices. Supporting telegrams should also be sent by chapters and individuals. A FEMINIST PRAYER B.J. Trale, a sexist pig, Went all through life as "Mr. Big," Gave his mother utter hell, Beat his wife to make her yell, Gave his daughter not a penny, Left his all to male heir, Benny. He arrived at Heaven's shore, Found there a surprise in store. Back to Earth they sent B.J. Trale To be reborn - as a Female! Barbara Lane Farley