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Daily Breakthrough 1977-11-18 - Page 6. November 18, 1977. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 20, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4155/show/4124.

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(November 18, 1977). Daily Breakthrough 1977-11-18 - 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/4155/show/4124

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Title Daily Breakthrough 1977-11-18
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date November 18, 1977
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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Transcript "Most of my life has been devoted to country-saving" "It was a beautiful hatchet job," she said. "There was enough truth in O'Leary's article to be believable. If you tell a partial truth it is much more damaging, you know. That is why the oath 'the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God* is so important.' In a story reporte d by The Houston Post (October 23, 1953), Biggers husband and two other husbands of local Minute Women publicly 1 accused the Post of " smearing" that organization by attempting to "intimidate and silence a group of patriotic housewives." As a result, the husbands "took up the fight for their wives." The Minute Women have also been accused as being a part of the reason for the firing of University of Houston President Dr. Walter William Kemmerer in 1953. Patrick J. Nicholson, vice-president of the University of Houston, recently published a book about the history of the University entitled In Time. In it he said the organization began a letter writing campaign against Kemmerer and convinced other organizations to help them remove Kemmerer from office because of his liberal political views. The Houston Minute Women was dissolved by its members in the mid-sixties. Mrs. Willard O. Hedrick, a former national secretary of the organization, said that the need for such an anti-communist organization had diminished. She said the members joined other conservative organizations in the community. Biggers said that after 10 to 15 years of existence as a group studying issues important to the American republic, interest waned. "You cannot keep people interested in academic questions for such a long time," she said. Biggers said that some of the individuals of the Minute Women were perhaps over zealous, or got carried away. "When ever you get a group of deeply-committed people together, something can go too far." She did not explain what was meant by "too far." Since the disbanding of the Minute Women, Mrs. Biggers has kept busy speaking in favor of the original interpretation of the American Constitution. She is exceptionally well-versed on the history of the Constitution and the changes of interpretation that have occurred over the last 200 years. She is also a regent, or a head of a local unit of the Daughters of the American Revolution. "Most of my life has been devoted to country-saving," she said. She also said she is diametrically opposed to the Equal Rights Amendment and its supporters. She says that the United States is lowering physical standards in police and military academies and giving up many of the privileges which women have gotten in the last 200 years "on the basis of this idiotic stuff of saying there is no difference between men and women." The issues and the focus are different and the times have changed, but there are still similarities between the Minute Women and conservative groups like theWWWW. The Minute Women were formed to fight communism and to fight the infiltration of the American government by subversive groups. It was organized during a time of "Cold War" and the "Red Scare." The conservative organizations today base some of their arguments against feminism on similar ideas. Like the Minute Women, they all see themselves as Christian MRS HEDRICK WITH MRS BIGGERS Only Posed Pictures Were Allowed —Post Photo by I .a i PHOTOAPPEARED IN HOUSTON POST ARTICLE, OCTOBER 23, 1953. patriots, committed to saving the American way of life and the family from what they see as "subversive" elements which will destroy both. "The Bible teaches that the husband should be head of the family and the wife should be in submission to him. I believe this strongly," says Catherine Lemm, a spokeswoman for the WWWW. These ultra-conservative groups are fighting the advent of a stronger federal government. A John Birch Society handout sums up the similarities well: "The drive for so-called women's liberation is clearly pro-Communist, anti- family and anti-American." XoW* •toe ^ a\c\P^s > Nctfpric* 3S**£Sl and &&*%£%& \°0°^ So^% ■ Vv\ 9 • . if^ DAILY BREAKTHROUGH NOVEMBER 18, 1977 PAGE 5