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Houston Breakthrough 1977-02 - Page 3. February 1977. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 23, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4451/show/4432.

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1977-02
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date February 1977
Description Vol. 2 No. 2
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript Editorials Looking ahead In two more years we will hear "Four More Years!" Governor Dolph Briscoe plans to run for re-election. He mav have had that in mind when he broke his long silence on- women's issues by inserting a single sentence in his 1977 State of the State message: "Also in the area of human resources," Briscoe said, "I recommend that the legislature establish a state commission on the Matus of women Texas is the only state in the union without a commission on the status of women. In the last session of the legislature, women lawmakers sought the governor's support in vain for a bill that would have created one. While one bill passed overwhelmingly in the Senate, with the strong support of Lt. Gov Bill Hobby and State Senator Betty Andujar, the Senate sponsor, it died in the House State Affairs Committee. There were no women legislators on that committee "I feel it would have passed if we had the governor's support, said State Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas. "He just hasn't done too much for women " Fort Worth State Rep. Chris Miller sponsored the House bill in the last session ana brought witnesses iron. Washington to testify on behalf of the commission. While Miller was pleased with the governor's recent pronouncements, she questioned his motives. 'He's looking ahead. Women are a majority in Texas and anyone considering running for office has to take tMat into account." While women make up a majority of the population, women legislators make up only seven percent of the Texas House and Senate seats. To put it another way, 93% of the lawmakers are male. All elected state officials are male This situation points up the need for a commission on the status of women. The commission is designed to identify the needs and problems of women and to work to keep both women and legislators informed in these areas. In the current session, the commission bill has not reached the final draiting stage but is expected to be almost identical to the bill introduced last session. Senator Betty Andujar is expected to sponsor the bill again in the Senate. Representatives John Wilson of La Grange and Sarah Weddington of Austin are reported to be the House sponsors The commission will be composed of 15 members — nine appointed by the governor, three by the lieutenant governor and three by the Speaker of the House. According to the language of the bill, "membership must include homemakers, persons in business and the professions and persons not employed outside their home." To be eligible for appointment, "a member must have exhibited an interest in areas of concern to women." That is the only stated prerequisite. Commission members will report to the governor and the legislature "findings concerning laws that impose special limitations or burdens on women" and will make "specific recommendations for legislation relating to subjects under study by the commission." The governor has the power to appoint nine of the 15 commission members, so the strength of his commitment to equal rights for women will determine the commission's effectiveness. Houston Where Women Are News Breakthrough STAFF — THIS ISSUE Art — Mark Stinson Circulation — Karen Barrett, Sonia Carmeon, Leslie Larson, Elizabeth Maxwell, Lucy Moyer, Iris Sizemore, Naomi Smith, Sara Spahr Production — Karen Barnett, Janice Blue, Rachel Burke, Gabrielle Cosgriff, Ann Harris Editors-Writers — Karen Barrett, Janice Blue, Gabrielle Cosgriff Office — Janice Blue, Ann Harris, Barbara Hugetz Glenda Sherry Photography — Amos Barrow, Janice Fowles, Robbin Hohmann, Christie Jelen, Judy Kier, Odelia Mendez Typesetting — Georgette Frelong, Ann Harris, Barbara Hugetz, Meredith O'Brien EDITORIAL BOARD Gertrude Barnstone, Karen Barrett, Janice Blue Gabrielle Cosgriff, Barbara Hugetz Vol. II, No. 2, February 1977. Houston Breakthrough is published monthly (with the exception of the June-July and the August-September issues) by the Breakthrough Publishing Company, 1708 Rosewood, Houston, Texas 77004 P.O. Box 88072, Houston, Texas 77004. Telephone (713) 526-6686. Subscriptions $5.00 a year. Newsstand 50 cents per copy. This publication is on file at the International Women's History Archive in the Special Collections Library, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60201. letters For a supposedly conservative senator, Walter Mengden certainly is careless with the taxpayers' money. He proposes to spend thousands of dollars on the third-time-around consideration of the Texas ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. For just one dollar, he could have bought a copy of the House subcommittee report on the 1975 hearings on the ERA. The report completely disproves the linking of the ERA to such "absurd" results as unisex restrooms and homosexual marriages. On the other hand, the ERA will put a "sharper bite" in the current loophole-ridden sex discrimination laws. Those who already understand the ERA are urged to send their dollars elsewhere. Nevada is very close to ratification and has asked Texas for help in financing a media campaign. Send your contributions immediately to Neva- dans for ERA, 1212 South Casino Center, Las Vegas, Nevada 89104, Attention: Kate Butler. ELLEN MENDOZA Texans for ERA Congratulations on your first birthday. May they be endless. May they continue to mark milestones in your reporting achievements on events that affect the human condition. May your spirit of advocacy continue and strengthen and spread across the whole of Texas. Congratulations to Dr. Nikki Van Hightower, Woman of the Year, and to Breakthrough's Media Award Winners: Sara Lowrey, JoAnn Vallie Rush, Jan Carson, Elma Barrera and Phyllis Deter. The Texas Nurses Association wishes to join you in honoring to breakthrough these outstanding professionals, especially Jan Carson of KTRK-TV. TNA, on behalf of nurses and consumers, is appreciative of Breakthrough's recognition of the significance of UT Board of Regent's action regarding the dissolution of the System School of Nursing. We salute Ms. Carson and the KTRK-TV management for fulfilling the public's expectations of responsible broadcast media. Happy birthday — and many more. QPALSTEWART,RN President Texas Nurses Association Congratulations on your first birthday. Sure hope you are around for lots more. This January issue is excellent. I work at Channel 8, and I want you to know we appreciate the coverage of our programming of interest to women. We have suffered from a visibility problem in the city. (Also from the widespread belief that we get money from the University of Houston.) It is not until I read Breakthrough that I fully realize how lousy the Houston newspapers are. There is so much going on that they don't cover. And the TV news is even worse. It is perfectly clear the electronic news prefers doing a "blood and guts" roundup to doing investigative reporting. And it is clear that the women — such as those Breakthrough is giving awards to — are doing a lot of the good stuff that does, somehow, make it on the air. Keep on keeping us informed. You are bright shining evidence that the women's movement is alive and well and moving. I wish you good luck and lots of new subscriptions in the coming year. SUSAN MONTGOMERY All members of the Committee for Women in Crisis want to express our appreciation for your support of our efforts to develop a shelter for battered women. The money received from copies of your newspaper donated to support Del Martin's visit helped us meet our goal. The coverage given to battered women, especially the interview in last month's issue, is helping to educate the Houston community to a seldom discussed problem of women. This improved community awareness will go a long way toward helping us obtain funding to establish shelters. Thank you for your excellent responsive coverage and all- around support. Keep up the good work! PEGGY KIRKENDALL Chairperson Women in Crisis Committee ELIZABETH OTEY TERRY Associate Executive Director YWCA MARCH FORUM In our March issue, Break through will present a forum on Alex Haley's Roots, which re cently aired on ABC-TV. Reac tions have been astonishingly varied. Some express satisfaction that Blacks are assuming major roles on prime time TV; others call Roots another form of Black exploitation. Has it renewed anger against whites for past injustices? Is it all another media hype? Whatever it is, Roots :ertainly struck a nerve. Let us <now how it affected you. Send letters to Roots, P.O. Box 88072, Houston, Texas 77004. Page 2 • February 1977 • Houston Breakthrough