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Houston Breakthrough 1977-09 - Page 6. September 1977. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 10, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3036/show/3017.

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(September 1977). Houston Breakthrough 1977-09 - 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/3036/show/3017

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1977-09
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date September 1977
Description Vol. 2 No. 8
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript Mitsouko A. Burton Associates, an interior design business: "I graduated from the University of Havana with an architectural degree. In interviews with clients, discussing their needs and likes, I think of myself as a designer and look at them as a professional in their fields. If a person is uneasy with the fact that I am a woman, my attitude is that they can take it or leave it. I think of myself as a professional. "Recently, a gentleman came to my office and asked for Mr. Burton. I said, 'He doesn't come into the office very often—but can I help you?' "In an everyday situation, when salesmen come to the office, I find that they prefer to direct their conversation to the male assistant here, even when I am present. . . . This situation doesn't bother me. I have the last word on buying the product." Ruth Barrett is a partner in Barrett Associates, a Houston advertising agency: Unfortunately, Betty Friedan did NOT change my life. By the time her first book appeared, I had already been carried away in an avalanche of babies. And, whenever I showed signs of digging out, someone inevitably reminded me that "the children need you at home." So I always worked (at home and away) and wherever I was, I always felt guilty about being there. Now...when the "best friends" of my youth are in semi-retirement after 20 years of full-time housewifery and motherhood, I find myself out hauling artwork, cameras and tape recorders around the countryside, burning a lot of midnight oil, sometimes even pounding a table or raising my voice to make a point in a business meeting. On bad days, when a client calls to "suggest" that I bring the male half of Bartett Associates to a meeting because agency fees and commissions are on the agenda - or when a Chairman of the Board insists on calling me "Honey", I wonder why I continue to do it. But on good days, when I land a new account or deposit a nice fat check in the bank...I KNOW WHY. I work for the money. I believe that the sooner women (lots of women) stop feeling guilty about earning money (lots of money), the sooner we'll be able to BUY all the things we say we believe in. As an advertising woman, I have visions of the way we could change the world if women only had enough money to properly fund full-scale media campaigns to support our favoriti causes and candidates. And on a personal level, let's face it. I'm no longer a good sport when "the good ole boys" of my high school and college days brag about the terrific deal they got on a watch in Switzerland or the terrible storm their boat weathered in the Caribbean. Though born female, I believe I deserve "the good life", too. And what's more, I believe that if I so choose, I also deserve the fun and prestige j)f paying my own way. t!he4% wk>TAl<E tIc Elouise Hetherly, owner of Oui- sie's Table, a restaurant and shop: I don't think I suffer much from fear of succeeding but rather from fear of not succeeding. What makes Elouise run? The monetary and soul investment. When I first made the decision to go into business, I put my blinders on to the discouraging sounds around me telling me about how the restaurant business was high risk (true), too much hard work (true), that I didn't know what I was getting myself into (half true). I became single-minded about it—refused to compare myself or the business to others. I gave my intuitive feelings permission and encouragement to be and proceeded to act on them. By the way, that intuitive quality is exactly what I believe makes for a good cook, and it is exactly what I look for when interviewing one. I felt very certain that what I was embarking on would work and that I was absolutely correct in doing it. And frankly, it never occurred to me that it might fail. This has always surprised me because I was never one with much self-confidence or high self- esteem. I chose because it is and suitable ced...I loved and setting wanted the provides—a this particular work a nurturing business to me when I divor- cooking and baking it all in motion...I extended family it continuation of the qualities that I loved in my family and situation. The restaurant/store has given me the opportunity to change and grow, learn, relearn, discover that there are a lot of things I can do that I never dreamed I could— and things that I can't do and don't want to do and accept. It's okay. I guess you can say that I decided to make a living at the things I knew best how to do. I had some experience in the theatre... theatre and restaurants are very similar. You use what is at hand, a lot of hard work, long, odd hours, low pay, and you start all over again the next day. There's out front and back stage, and I've put myself in the director's chair with permission to act. And the audience is erratic, critical, warm, loving, rude, and sometimes not there. larilyn Mock Kathy Bresenhan, owner of Great Expectations Antiques and founder of Developmental Research which is publishing an evaluative guide to child care centers in Houston: Being afraid of success is incomprehensible to me. However, the risks of success I understand all too well. The primary risk a successful woman runs is damage to a serious emotional involvement, particularly marriage... I know of few 'successful' women who are still happily married. I know of many more success- oriented married women who exist in a semi-constant state of guilt caused by home and career conflicts. There's another risk nobody talks about: isolation. The more successful you are, the fewer people there are with whom you can share experiences and insecurities. Still fewer are those who can understand your problems in coping with marriage and career. And that brings up another risk: the danger of becoming arrogant. If you can make it, anyone can... right? Therefore, how you made it and what you did must be the right way...And if they'd just listen to you... Only you can judge whether success is worth the risks or not. But don't let yourself be limited by success. Reserve for yourself the right to change your life, to change careers, to change pursuits, to change priorities...to risk all that counts on some grand venture of the soul. J *ONly 4% of a| busiNEssEs are v^oman-ownecI — U.S.C.ommfrceDedartment Mary Ellen Allen, owner of The Village Cheese Shop: I had taught French nine years in a high school when I was widowed and moved to Houston. After teaching an additional year here, I decided to open a small business. A course offered by the University of Houston Continuing Education Series For Women, 'Establishing a Small Business,' helped solidify my decision. One of my most perplexing problems was learning to live on credit and dealing with money. Also, shifting from the rather idealistic goals of education to a situation in which success is usually judged by sales figures, percentage increases over last month's sales, and last year's sales often triggers guilt feelings (less and less I must admit, as time goes on). What I realize now is that success for me is judged not only by sales figures but by my enjoyment and satisfaction from the work itself. I take the risks, make the decisions, make the mistakes and also reap the benefits. On the negative side, it is hard for me to understand how anyone with family responsibilities could devote enough time to establishing a new business...My private life certainly has not developed since the shop opened. My financial goals...were to earn as much as I did teaching and nothing more. I've almost reached that point now after one and one- half years and it seems unheard of in the business world not to constantly plan on expanding, growing, introducing new lines, exploring new markets. But the bug to grow, as a business, has not yet hit me. HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH SEPTEMBER 1977 PAGE 5