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Houston Breakthrough 1978-02 - Page 6. February 1978. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/2254/show/2235.

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(February 1978). Houston Breakthrough 1978-02 - Page 6. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/2254/show/2235

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1978-02
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date February 1978
Description Vol. 3 No. 1
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript In addition to serving as the mayor's liaison to women's groups, Executive Assistant Marsha Wayne will also work with public transportation, public services, health, library, and planning coordination. She will be working for a dollar a year. Her husband worked for a dollar a year for Fred Hofheinz, and when Mayor McConn asked Bill Wayne to suggest candidates for executive assistant positions, he told the mayor about his wife. Last year Marsha Wayne worked for Barry Goodman in public transportation. Before that she was at home raising her children for several years, and earlier still she was in private industry. Her undergraduate degree is in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and she holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard. "I worked for Elizabeth Arden as a product manager in charge of their treatment products. I went from there to Beck industries where I was an executive in charge of women's retailing, which encompassed about $22 million worth of stores around the country. The presidents of the stores reported to me, and I reported to the president of the conglommerate. I did financial analysis, liaison work, surveys of possible acquisitions, general administration and personnel hiring." Wayne's class at Harvard was only the second one to admit women. Of 700 students, 13 were women, and 10 of those graduated. "It was interesting. I had professors who swore they had never taught a woman before and they weren't going to do it now. The first day I went to class, I saw a vacant seat, and I said to the man sitting by it, 'May I sit down?' He said, 'No you may not. My roommate applied to Harvard, and he didn't get in. And you got in? No, you may not sit down.' So it was very interesting. I enjoyed it. With 700 men there and only 13 girls, it was some place to go. It was hard. I think there are more women there now, and I think the professors are more used to having women there, so they're not quite as disgruntled about it." Wayne describes herself as "bright." "I remember that during high school and college I was always used to being number one in my class and king of the mountain. And then when I got-to Harvard, everyone else had been number one in his class and king of the mountain, so the competition was fierce." The treatment of women at Harvard prepared her for prevailing attitudes toward women in business, where the most obvious sex discrimination was in salaries. "They said, 'well, you're 25 years old, and you're making $20,000, so why are you complaining?" Even though I was doing the same work as men who were much older-if they couldn't handle it they would give it to me-and they would be making $50,000." Wayne has lived in Houston for seven years. During this time, she has not been associated with any women's groups. Now, in addition to dealing with women's groups, she will probably be the person who will deal with the problems of individual women that were previously referred to Nikki Van Hightower. She has expressed a willingness to talk to any groups or individuals who wish to see her, although thus far only a couple of organizations have set up appointments. As a liaison, Wayne seems to see her job primarily that of "listening." marskawayne on women and her work WOMEN'S CONCERNS: I'm not really familiar enough to tell you. I have been talking to people, and I assume I will be talking to more people. I will be a liaison with outside groups. But when it comes to pro-life or anti-life, or this or that, those are really federal issues, and I don't think that what I feel is very important to their Setting passed or not getting passed. I see my area more within the city. I have been :hecking somewhat with affirmative action, trying to find out what some of the areas are, but I just can't tell you at this time, because I am not familiar enough with it. NIKKI VAN HIGHTOWER: Oh heaven help me! I don't know her, and I haven't followed what she's done and what she hasn't done. As I understand it, my job is to be more of a sounding board for all women, whether they're fat or skinny or house wives or whatever. And I think her job was probably restricted more to one area of women (feminist women). FEMINISM: It depends on what kind of feminist you want to talk about. There are so many different people who say they are feminists. I'm concerned about women and women's rights, if that's considered being a feminist. ERA: Personally I am for the ERA, but I don't feel that what I think is going to influence whether it is passed or not, so I don't see that it is my role to say whether I'm for it or against it. As I understand it, the laws are pretty much there that say there can be no discrimination because of sex. There has to be equal pay, (an) equal chance to do the same job...So I don't know that the passage of the ERA will make that much difference. IWY CONFERENCE OR ANTI RALLY: Oh my goodness. (Silence.) OK. I'm going to try to duck that question. I obviously could have gone, if I had wanted to go, and I didn't go. I stayed at home with my children. I don't think where I would have gone is important to my job, OK? And so I would rather just kind of duck the question. POLITICAL AFFILIATION: I am apolitical. I vote independently. COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: I try to do my thing and when I'm not doing that, I try to spend most of my time with my children and my family, so I don't really have too much time to join things. I belong to a church choir and I'm on the board of the Symphony, but that's about all. CITY PREGNANCY BENEFITS: As I understand it, there isn't any pregnancy policy at all. It's kind of a departmental thing and not a city-wide thing. PRIORITY IN OFFICE: Well, obviously public transportation. I've worked in public transportation before, and there's so much that needs to be done. It's so vital to Houston, so I really think that it's a big concern of everybody's. ...We have the Metropolitan Transit Authority election coming up soon, and that's very important. JOHN HILL YOUR NEXT GOVERNOR WANTS TO MEET YOU JOHN HILL "BETTER FOR TEXAS" RECEPTION... WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 ALBERT THOMAS CIVIC CENTER 6:30-8:30 P.M. TICKET INFORMATION-529-6870 AND GRAND OPENING OF JOHN HILL'S CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS... SATURDAY, FEB. 25 3400 MONTROSE-*301 1:00-3:00 P.M. Paid for by John Hill Campaign Fund, Lowell Lebermann, Treasurer. Housing Discri mination Is Illegal If you feel you have a sex or race discrimination complaint Call: 222-5411 City of Houston Fair Housing Division HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH February 1978 Page 5