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Houston Breakthrough 1977-02 - Page 10. February 1977. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 31, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4451/show/4439.

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(February 1977). Houston Breakthrough 1977-02 - Page 10. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4451/show/4439

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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 More and more women are returning to college to complete educations interrupted by marriage and motherhood. Their reasons range from a desire for personal fulfillment to serious career preparation; their commitment sometimes borders on obsession or hovers on a shrug; their motivation, however, seems universal — "I just had to get out of the house and do something!" is the usual answer to "What are you doing here?" "It's something stimulating and it doesn't take up all my time," said Joan Doerner, who is studying for a master's degree in English at the University of Houston. Joan, an over-40 mother of five children, received her undergraduate degree from Rice in 1951 and decided to return to college two years ago after attending a Continuing Education seminar at UH. She is representative of many "older than average" students. She juggles housework with homework and manages to maintain her composure and sense of humor. In addition to her studies, Joan is writing a novel. She finds time for all these projects by dividing up the family responsibilities among the seven members of the household. All her children and her husband, Karl, take turns at preparing dinner and cleaning up afterward one night a week. Her biggest problem has been picking up her youngest child at school every afternoon. Karl takes him to school in the morning, but with no school bus and poor public transportation, the child has to walk across busy Main Street and the Southwest Freeway to reach home. "I'm just not comfortable about that," Joan said, "so I usually drop everything and run to pick him up. Sometimes I feel so pulled apart and my life is so fragmented . . . it's really tough." Jeri Milner sympathizes with Joan. She is also in the over-40 category, mother of four, and a student at the University of Houston. "It's the same old story," Jeri said. "I worked to put my hus- JERI MILNER JOAN DOERNER Mother is a freshwoman By Elise Rubenstein "No, it's not easy," she said. Worth it? "Sometimes I wonder. I'm mainly worried about getting a job when I get my degree. Not only is there sex discrimination, but age discrimination will probably affect me, too." Joan has had several unpleasant experiences with what she says is "subtle discrimination" at UH. "The professors just don't take female students seriously," she said. "One professor criticized a paper I wrote and called it a grocery list. That isn't very constructive criticism and I know he wouldn't use the same analogy to a male student." Although discrimination hasn't been overt, Joan still feels that all her male professors are prejudiced. band through college, then I had three babies in three and a half years. After the youngest started school, I thought what now? I had always believed the Madison Avenue propaganda that said if I used Glo-Coat and kept my potty clean, I would live happily ever after. I wasn't happy, though, and I didn't understand why." Jeri's husband encouraged her to go to college. She timidly enrolled at San Jacinto Junior College and spent a year there. "I was so unsure of myself that I only registered to audit courses rather than actively participate in them," Jeri said. Another pregnancy interrupted her college career and it was six years before she returned to complete her education. "I feel I've earned the right/' she said. Unlike Joan Doerner, Jeri does not feel any discrimination or prejudice at UH because of her sex or age. DR. JOY WILSON, right, director of the University of St. Thomas ENCORE program, councils returning student. "I've always felt a part of the campus community," she said. "The younger students don't seem to resent me at all and I have a good rapport with most of my professors." Althought Jeri has no definite plans, she is thinking about doing public relations work in the library field when she graduates. She worked in a library for four years and enjoyed it: "I've always been an avid reader," she said. She's a writer now, too. She has just completed a collection of short stories and is currently working on a novel. "I'm not going to push it, I'm just going to take it slowly and enjoy college to the fullest," Jeri said. "Although I'm not that much smarter now, I am more knowledgeable and I feel more at ease with people. It's been a great experience despite all the problems." Problems seem to revolve around a lack of self-confidence and self-esteem. "Because of these feelings of inferiority, the continued on page 15 A Downtown Activetics Studio for Women Aerobic Activetics Jazz Activetics Ballet Activetics The Loft 825 Niels Esperson Building Houston, Texas 224-2741 Next Session Begins February 14 m K? # s£r€^M^ & <£o wmm w Non-traditional students —persons not entering college directly from high school — bring special skills, strengths, and knowledge to their studied. They also have unique questions and problems. Realizing this, the University of St. Thomas Encore program gives individualized academic and emotional support. UST offers courses in over 25 areas of study from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. For further information contact Dr. Joy Wilson, Coordinator, Encore, 522-7911, ext. 252. /f&l\ Universit/of St. Thomas 3812 Montrose Blvd. Houston, Texas 77006 Houston Breakthrough • February 1977 • Page 9