"This is what I want to do.
Everything else I did seemed like
preparation for what I wanted to do.
And now I'm doing it."
is editor of The Texas
state's only independent journal
liberal opinion, published fortnightly. Although she doesn't belong to any women's liberation group she leads "a women's lib-type of
"I remember that I always resented ray mother's role and was more
interested in my father's." Unable
to see herself fitting into a way
iof life as limiting and repetitious
as housework, she decided on a career. "I always wanted to have a
career, but when I thought of having
one, I thought of being an old maid.
It was all rather grim. It's another myth women learn. Instead, I
have found my career to be an exuberant experience."
Kaye took what she describes as
the "usual route" to get to her present position. She received her
bachelor's degree in journalism from
the University of Texas in 1964 and
went 2ast. Career women going to
New York to find a job was, she discovered, another myth. Unable to
find a satisfactory job, she returned
to Texas. She worked for the Houston Chronicle and later for Newsweek.
Unsatisfied, she returned to the
University of Texas to get her M.A.
While there,she was editor of the
Dally Texan and was politicized by
Frank Erwin, former chairman of the
U.T. Board of Regents. At one point
Erwin threatened to discontinue the
Texan's editorial page if Kaye
didn't quit writing "dovish" editorials on Viet Nam.
After receiving her master's,
she worked for the Capitol Bureau of
American Newspapers, Inc. for nine
months and later for the Houston
Post. While at the Post, she
learned of an opening on The Texas
Observer, applied for it, and got
the job. She was co-editor under
Greg Olds and is now the editor.
Her co-editor is Molly Ivins, who
was chosen because "She was the best
qualified and not because she was a
According to Kaye, "The important thing about women's liberation
is that it is emotionally liberating.
I have less emotional hang-ups and
a healthier relationship with men."
Part of this emotional liberation
as she sees it is getting away from
the stereotyped view of a career
She doesn't intend to give up
her career and is not averse to
marriage. Her view of combining the
two is different from most. "Marriage
is okay, but the hang-up is children.
My idea of marriage is to get up to
a good breakfast, go to work, come
home to a nice hot meal, dandle the
kids on my knee, and go to bed."
SUSAN B. ANTHONY CONT'D.
Lucy Stone) joined the National
Woman Suffrage Association. In I892,
Susan became the president of the
new organization. At the age of 80,
after serving eight years, she resigned, although she continued to
work for women's suffrage almost as
busily as before.
Gradually, however, Susan began
to succumb to age. In 1906 she contracted pneumonia. She died on
March 13, 1906. One of the few complaints she ever uttered was that
she must die before women could vote.
On her deathbed she said, "Just think
of it. I have been striving for over,
sixty years for a little bit of justice no bigger than that, and yet I
must die without obtaining it. Oh,
it seems so cruel!"
At the memorial service, Carrie
Chapman Catt expressed the feelings
of women all over the nation when
she said, "We have not lost a leader
alone, but a dear, dear friend, whose
place can never be filled. We shall
never see her like again."