Page 2 Barbara's Column DECEMBER 197^ NEWSLETTER
Wet weather on Nov. 9 didn't keep the crowds away from Highland Mall and
the NOW booth. We talked with many people about NOW, gave away lots of
brochures and "ERA YES" buttons, and sold 15 NOW Guides. Many thanks to
the women who helped.
An ERA coalition Is In the making as the threat to Introduce legislation
to rescind grows stronger In Texas. Those who want rescission seem
unaware that Texas passed an Equal Legal Rights Amendment to our state
constitution In the fall of 1972. None of the dire consequences predicted
by ERA opponents ha6 occurred, and some good legislation for women has been
passed. Unfortunately, logic does not affect the opposition. The coalition
of diversified groups on the Issue of equal rights for women should provide
the unified effort that will be necessary to head off the backward step of
The Economy Co. of Oklahoma, a book publisher, has filed a $30 million suit
against thrwe women whose testamony, according to the company, caused the
State Board of Education to reject the adoption of their 7th and 8th grade
readers. Linda Elchblatt of Houston NOW, who represented the Continuing
Task Force on Education for Women, is one of the three; the CTFEW Is a
coalition of Texas NOW chapter education task forces. One of the other
women represented the D.A.R.; the third spoke for herself. Their testimony
contended that the books contained too much violence and crime. Linda
agreed, and also gave testimony showing the sexist bias of these books. The
company is accusing the women of "racism, bigotry, sexism, prejudice and
I hope all the NOW membership turns out for the election meeting and
entertainment on December 4.
from the Austin Women's Center Coordlnator
Give the Austin Women's Center a Christmas present I We need donations of
baked goods and/or money for our Bake Sale, scheduled for Saturday, Deo. 14,
at the Potpourri in the Village Shopping Center (on Anderson Lane, one block
west of Burnet)* 10 am to 9 pm (or until we run out of baked goods).
Proceeds will go to buy an answering device for the Center telephone.
To donate baked goods (homemade only, please), contact Gladys Glnn, 441-2241,
or bring them to the booth on the morning of the 14th. Donations of money
will be accepted at the NOW meeting on December 4.
Our first Workshop, on Sexuality and Alternate Lifestyles, was held In
October and was an exciting success, with over sixty women attending. The
Center Board will meet on Thursday, December 5» at 7 pm to discuss plans for
the next Workshop. We will also make plans for our next Bake Sale, set for
January 18 at Southwood Mall.
Nancy Van Beek
____-__£____ Class Offered
Joe Alvarado will be teaching a free one-month course In self-defense on
Saturday mornings, 10 am to noon, beginning December 7, at the Soryu Karate
Institute, 1234 S. Lamar. The course will stress how to escape from an
assailant, how to prevent rape. The course is for women only; he asks that
no women under 18 attend unless accoEpanled by their mothers each timet and
that rape victims not attend, as acting out potential rape situations is
likely to be difficult for them to bear. Dress comfortably, e.g. Jeans.
For more information, call the Soryu school, 441-3216, or the Rape Crisis