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Breakthrough 1976-02 - Page 1. February 1976. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 28, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/5266/show/5250.

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(February 1976). Breakthrough 1976-02 - Page 1. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/5266/show/5250

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Title Breakthrough 1976-02
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date February 1976
Description Vol. 1 No. 2
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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Transcript Vol. 1, No. 2 February, 1976 Nurse denied board seat Despite strong backing from a County Commissioner, a professional nursing association, civic leaders, feminist groups, and tbe feminist press, a member of tbe nursing profession was not appointed to any of the three positions on the Harris County Hospital District Board of Managers. Instead, the Harris County Commissioners Court in January voted to reappoint Dr. George Alexander, a physician, and Quentin Mease, executive director of the South Central YMCA. In a 3-2 vote the Court refused to reappoint labor leader Don Horn and voted unanimously to replace Horn with Danny Knowlton, a labor leader from Pasadena. Horn, the secretary-treasurer of the Harris County AFL-CIO had been in disfavor with the court since he spoke out publicly in July against the court-ordered $2.5 million cutback in the hospital district's budget. Knowlton is a representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers who sees himself, according to a Houston Post story of his nomination, as a * 'champion of taxpayers.'' The Houston Chronicle reported that Commissioner Tom Bass nominated Alison Druck, an instructor at Texas Women's University graduate School of Nursing, to succeed Dr. George Alexander, but that "his motion died for a lack of a second." In a press release issued to clarify the news media report, Bass, who has for years publicly stated his support for the appointment of a nurse to the Board of Managers, said: "There were indicators that other court members might also support (a nurse)...However, during the discussion of the appointments..it became clear that a nurse nominee would not receive a majority vote from the Commissioners Court this year." After his motion of Druck failed to get a second, Bass said, "I felt it would be wrong to vote against the man who obviously had the support of the other members. (It) would unfairly place him at a disadvantage in taking his position on the Board of Managers." Bass further stated he was "cautiously optimistic that with continued support a nurse might be appointed to the board next year. The strongest support for appointment of a nurse came from Marcella Perry, civic leader and chairperson of the Board of Regents, Texas Women's University, and from the 1200 member Texas Nurses Association, District No. 9. Dixie Brown, executive director of the TNA said, "We are very disappointed a nurse member has never been appointed to the Board of Managers in spite of the fact that over 50 per cent of the hospital district employees are in the nursing profession. "Trie nurse is closer to the consumer than any other health provider. She has access to the Sissy's President! SISSY FARENTHOLD Dolph may be governor, but Sissy's president! Sissy Farenthold will leave Houston next month to become the first woman president of Wells College in Aurora, N. Y., a 108 year-old liberal arts college for women. Farenthold, an attorney, served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives before challenging Briscoe for the governorship in 1972. She was the first woman to be nominated for the U. S. Vice- Presidency and won 400 delegate votes at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. She was the first chairperson of the National Women's Political Caucus. In announcing her appointment, Wells board chairman Ralph Poole, Jr., said, "She is a splendid example of the humane, educated woman with the courage to act on her convictions in the public arena." There will be a party honoring Sissy Farenthold at 8 p.m. February 28 at the Contemporary Arts Museum. The party is open to the public. Commissioner's Court largest number of consumers and employees in the hospital district," Brown continued. "Her role in the hospital district is being completely overlooked." In response to the possibility of a nurse being appointed next year, when four positions - that of one Black, one woman, one Chicano, one white male - come up for reappointment, Brown went on to say: "Dr. Jim Watson (a Black physician) is the strongest supporter of patient services on the Board of Managers. It is rumored that he will not be reappointed when his term expires next year. It is also uncertain whether Ms. Schachtel will seek reappointment or be reappointed. What we will see if a nurse is appointed next year is a scramble over the minority seat." Susan Heavey agrees with Dixie Brown. Heavey is coordinator of the Woman and Continued on page 7 Join herstory celebration Women did more in American history than sew the flag and comfort men. But look at the Bicentennial literature and ads that are being published! If women are in the pictures at all, they are spinning yarn, making candle wax or serving ale at the local pub. To help change the picture, a Houston group will perform a series of sketches titled A Pageant of American Women as part of Houston's Bicentennial program. Pageant will be presented on Susan B. Anthony's birthday, February 15 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church, 5210 Fannin. Susan B. Anthony, abolitionist and suffragist, will be one of more than 20 American women whose lives will be highlighed in this program. Peggy Hall, director and organizer of the group, said that involvement in the Pageant has been educational. "Ever hear of Sybil Luddington, Mother Jones, or Ellen Swallow Richards?" she asked. "Neither did many of us in Pageant's cast. But as we researched, wrote, costumed, staged and acted out the lives of American women, we learned a lot and enjoyed sharing it with the community." Both men and women pooled their skills for the event. Many became involved through the Southwest Houston, Northwest Houston, and Inner City chapters of NOW as well as the Harris County Women's Political Caucus, and Coalition of Labor Union Women and the Women's Equity Action League. Following the program a wine and cheese fund raising party will take place for the benefit of ERAmerica, a national coalition of all groups supporting ratification of the ERA. Texas State WEAL is in charge of the fund raiser, donation is $1.50.