"There is something every woman wears around her neck on a thin
chain of fear—an amulet of madness. For each of us, there exists
somewhere a moment of insult so intense that she will reach up and
rip the amulet off, even if the chain tears at the flesh of her neck,
And the last protection from seeing the truth will be gone. Do you
think, tugging furtively every day at the chain and going nicely
insane as I am, that I can be concerned with the puerile squabbles
of a counterfeit Left that laughs at my pain? Do you think such a
concern is noticeable when set alongside the suffering of more than
half the human species for the past 5,000 years—due to the whim of
the other half? No, no, no, goodbye to all that."
Robin Morgan, "Goodbye to All That," from Rat Subterranean News,2,27 (February 6,1970).
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WOMAN GAINS A HUSBAND.LOSES JOB
Betty Parker Mallard, a member
of the piano faculty at Sam Houston
State University in Huntsville, Texas, for three years, has been informed that her job will be terminated at the end of the 1971 spring
semester. She is being fired because
in September, 1970, she married
Harry Mallard, a musicologist at the
Sam Houston has a policy against
nepotism. Anyone who is in anyway
related to a faculty member may not
teach at the school. This is a stricter application of the state nepotism law. The state law forbids a
person to be employed if related to
anyone who is in a position to promote or increase his salary. Ms.
Mallard's husband is not in such a
Since Ms. Mallard married, her
husband has received all her checks
and he was informed of her termination before she was notified. The
letter she received from h-r department head said the music department
was happy with her qualifications
and her work, but could no longer
employ her because of her marriage.
Her husband's job was never threatened.
The American Association of University
Professor standards require notification
of termination one year in advance.
These standards have by accepted by SHSU.
Ms. Mallard plans to appeal her case to
the president of SHSU and to the Board of Regents
of the Upper State Universities as well as to the AAUP.
IF TEXAS WOMEN ARE TO HAVE LEGAL, SAFE,
LOW COST ABORTIONS, THE LEGISLATURE
MUST BE CONVINCED OF OUR DETERMINATION
TO SECURE THIS BASIC RIGHT.
LET YOUR REPRESENTATITVES AND SENATORS KNOW OF YOUR
COMMITMENT. VISIT THEM PERSONALLY OR
WRITE A LETTER. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE
A LIST OF YOUR LEGISLATORS, CALL
BETTY BARNES AT 472-3316 AFTER
5 P.M. FOR THEIR NAMES.