165th District Court
"I pledge to represent all of
Harris County with integrity
and equal justice for all."
• Practicing trial attorney
for 22 years
• President, Texas Association
of Certified Civil Trial Lawyers
• Member of Texas Trial
• Former Vice President and
Secretary of the Houston
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County Civil Court
At Law No. 2
^Presiding Judge — County Civil ^Degree in Business Administration,
Court at Law No. 2 University of Texas, 1953
M9 years experience as
Assistant County Attorney
>Law Degree, University of Texas
Law School, 1960
^Member, State Bar of Texas §Member, Houston Bar Association
^Member, State Bar Grievance Committee, 1974 -75
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which disadvantaged high school senior
girls are placed on work sites and given a
chance to see women doing traditional
jobs. Teri Constable is the placement site
coordinator for the Transitions Project.
"The women who come to us for —
guidance are unclear about themselves, Frances Otto works for the UH Student News
Brown-Burke says. "We try to give them
a better perpective on what kind of
work is out there for them and what type
of training, if any, they will need to enter
a new career."
their self-worth, and their capabilities,
End to the dead end
BY ROSE WRIGHT
"Every time a woman runs into a barrier,
she thinks she's not educated enough and
gets another degree," said Jean Gandy,
owner of Professionally Yours, the only
employment agency of its kind in Texas.
Gandy attempts to place women in
She started her agency here two years
ago, to help divorced women like herself
find employment. Most employment
agencies in Texas do not cater to professional women and definitely do not
specialize, she discovered.
Gandy said that she has found nothing
but resistance from Houston's corporate
Law firms are a source of ire to
her. "They make clerks and typists
out of women with law degrees. I have
six in my file now."
Prior to opening her agency, Gandy
had plenty of experience in her field.
She both managed a placement agency
and worked as an employment counselor. Gandy also served as executive
secretary for two governors of Texas,
Allan Shivers and Price Daniel.
"I learned how to giggle, say no and
get out the back door when necessary.
It was just another thing to live with,"
Gandy said of her days in the governor's
office. "Remember I'm talking about the
1950s. My era of secretaries are dead
and gone. They don't make us anymore."
When asked about the positions filled
by her agency, Gandy said, "Everything
but executive. This isn't New York, it's
still Houston, Texas, and we're not ready
for (women executives) yet."
One personnel director in Houston
once asked Gandy for a "hungry divorcee with two kids."
"He wanted somebody that's got to
work—and once she's in, she's not about
to risk leaving. She needs the income."
Gandy interviews each applicant.
They're 20 to 60 in age, are single or
divorced, and almost all are underemployed. "97 percent are degreed and
85 percent are double degreed in marketing, sociology, psychology and public
relations," she said. "Many are currently
school teachers and secretaries with no
possibility of advancement in their
One applicant told Gandy, "I have
trained six of my superiors. Now, they
want me to train the seventh. I just won't
do it. No longer will I train a man to be
my superior. I am very qualified to be
head of that department. . . I want out."
Another applicant came in from
Florida. She had worked for McGraw
Publishing Co. in New York and three
major newspapers across the country.
Gandy tried to find her a job in writing.
"After three weeks, the best I could
come up with was one that paid 14
thousand a year," she said.
There are over 500 women in her
active file and she sees 25 to 50 women
a month who are seeking better employment. Individual counseling is available and their resumes are carefully
prepared. She contacts many employment firms and many seek her assistance.
All the women in her file have an earning potential of 20 to 30 thousand dollars
a year, but "there are no positions over
24 thousand for women in Houston,"
Professionally Yours usually places
professional women in jobs which pay
15 to 20 thousand, "unless she's an
executive secretary. They never make
over 12 to 14 thousand," Gandy said.
Rose Wright is a student intern from Antioch
College at Breakthrough.
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Breakthrough called the law office of
Gerald Isken to ask the secretary how
she felt about being replaced with a
"new mare." As it turned out, she
helped her boss write up the ad which
appeared in both the Houston Post
and Houston Chronicle (March 10).
"We did it," she said, "because
we've had back luck running just regular ads in the paper. We wanted an
ad that was going to get somebody's
They did not get many responses.
Only one person found the ad offensive. The woman caller wanted to know
if her boss "used the word 'mare' because she'd be working for a jack-ass."