Dr. Oonagh McDonald (second from left), one of 19 women Members of Parliament
and a Labor Party spokesperson on economic and financial issues and women's rights,
met recently with area political leaders (1 to r): Billie Carr, Democratic National Com-
mitteewoman; Joyce Cragg, past chair of the Harris County Women's Political Caucus
(HCWPC); and Benegene Kring (far right), the new HCWPC chair.
Dr. McDonald has written about the women's movement in the U. S- for British
journals. She expressed a special interest in learning more about the role of women in
poUtics, and the status of women employed in industry, government and labor unions.
The Institute of International Education arranged her Houston visit and asked
Breakthrough to plan her meetings with area women's rights activists.
While in Houston, Dr. McDonald addressed members of the HCWPC, met with
leaders of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and the Harris County Democrats,
and talked with Sally Carlson, a spokeswoman for the 60 women - the Cleaning Crew
at Plant B - fired by the Dow Chemical Company in Brazosport.
Dr. McDonald and her husband, Richard Whitehouse, met socially with other area
feminists. They attended Nikki Van Hightower's 40th birthday party and she caught
ADD-LIB, the all women's jazz group, during a summer engagement.
WIRES, The Women's Information Referral and Exchange Service, has a new address
(6905 Bertner, Room E435) and a new phone number (792-4664) after October 1.
WIRES has been an on-going program of Women in Action. It was established to develop an information center to serve the needs of all women and to serve as a clearinghouse for referrals and information of special interest to women, including location of
health agencies, women's organizations and housing. The current number is 527-0718.
All woman jazz band - ADD LIB — will play a concert on behalf of the Family
Connection and The Sue Bennett Fund on Thursday, September 27 at 8 p.m. at
FITZGERALD'S in the Heights, 2706 White Oak at Studewood. Tickets are $5.00
and are available at B. D. & Daughter, The Bookstore, House of Coleman, House of
Coffee Beans, and Wilde 'n' Stein. Or order by mail from: The Sue Bennett Fund,
1330 W. Pierce, Houston 77019. Please enclose SASE with mail order. A raffle drawing will be held at the concert. Phone 527-8712 for more info.
women Against Violence Against Women - Sharon Fertitta, a representative from
the national office of W.A.V.A.W., will be in Houston to present a slide show on
Monday, September 17, at B. D. and Daughter, 520 Westheimer, (529-3609). The
presentation is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and there will be no charge. All women
will be able to relate to this experience.
A rehearsal scene (above) from Main Street Theater's Houston premiere of Wendy
Wasserstein's Uncommon Women and Others. The play is set in a restaurant, where
six years after graduation, some classmates reunite and reflect on their four years at
Mt. Holyoke College. This production of Uncommon Women and Others is being directed by Rebecca Greene Udden. The play has twice aired on the PBS network. In
1978, Uncommon Women and Others was among 11 plays written by women nominated for Houston's Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
The Main Street cast members include Kathleen Layman as Muffet; Ellen Horr as
Holly; Jennifer Bryant as Kate; Nan Charpiot as Samantha; Jeannine Pasini Beekman
as Rita; Patti Bean as Susie Friend; Abbe Garfinkle as Carter; Mary Galligan as Leilah;
and Rita Oldham as Mrs. Plumm.
A new service, provided by The Women's Action Alliance, is available to women's
groups seeking professional advice on the writing of their funding proposals, aiming
"to improve the quality of proposals from women's groups as well as to increase the
visibility of proposals for women's programs in the funding world".
Those using the service should submit a copy of the proposal draft with any background information (brochures, fact sheets, press releases), a completed Funding
History Form, and a check or money order for $5.00 (covering postage and handling)
to the Alliance. The proposal draft will then be turned over to a volunteer critic with
a similar interest area and/or in geographic proximity for review.
For application or more information, write: Proposal Critique Service, Women's
Action Alliance, Inc., 370 Lexington Avenue, Room 603, New York, NY 10017
Folk Fest salutes the end of world hunger by the year 1997 in
this Year of the Child with an all day festival of music, dance
and special events at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann
Park. It will be held from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 22. There will be ethnic music and dance (from 2 p.m.
to 4 p.m.) featuring Mariachis, Gypsies, Bag Pipers, Jazz Ballet,
and Greek, Irish, Hawaiian, Czech, Indian, Ukranian, German
and Tahitian folk numbers. Later in the day (4 p.m. to 7:30
p.m.) there will be puppet shows, craft exhibits, and even strolling musicians. Around
6 p.m. the Country/Gospel/Bluegrass music comes on and so does the square dancing.
More international music from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
KPFT-FM 90.1, Houston's Pacifica Radio Station, is presenting another Meet the Candidate series Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Opportunity for participation by the listeners will be provided during the call-in segment of the show at 526-4000. Candidates
and persons interested in reserving time or wanting information, may contact Margie
Glaser, Public Affairs Director at 526-4000.
A group of Women In Action volunteers has now completed the first preservice training course on the legal problems which confront the pregnant teenager who has come
in conflict with the law. The course is required for assignment as "advocate-friends" to
adolescents who are under the jurisdiction of juvenile authorities and agencies. Women
interested in participating in the training course through the Florence Crittendon
Services must be members of Women In Action. For more information call Edna T.
(Tommie) Anderson at Women In Action, 527-0718.
PARA, People Against Rape and Abuse, Is Concerned With Your Safety. If you are interested in educating the public in rape and abuse prevention or in counseling victims
of rape and/or sexual abuse in the Bay Area, PARA is now accepting applications for
their October 1 training classes. For additional information write: PARA, P. O. Box
57535, Webster TX 77598 or call 334-2752 or 534-2619. Class size is limited.
An ole New Orleans Dance Party will be held Saturday, September 22, at the Dance
City Ballroom, 5134 Richmond in Windsor Plaza, Beginning at 8 p.m. It will be a
great evening of fine jazz music and dancing. There will be door prices, plenty of
free parking, and snacks. The Holistic Health Association, a non-profit service organization, is the sponsor. So, the admission is tax-deductible: a $10.00 per person
donation. Proceeds will benefit the Holistic Health Association Education Fund.
Tickets can be purchased at the Dance City Box Office, Monday through Saturday.
YWCA regular classes include Yoga, jogging, swimnastics, aerobic dancing, fitness and figure control. The Cora Root Peden YWCA branch
(723-4752) continues to hold Encore, a support group for mastectomy
patients, a Woman in Crisis Sharing Group, and a special support program for victims of incest. Membership is required for participation in
activities and dues (women 17 and over, $10.00) include the services
and use of facilities in the five Houston YWCA branches.
Reserve exhibit space now at the Woman's Money Expo l80, February 7-10, 1980,
in the New York City Coliseum. Over 100 exhibits will be organized around women's
money: how to earn, invest, save, protect, spend, and enjoy it. The exposition will
provide a marketplace for women's products and services. Speakers and seminars
will highlight women's financial progress and contemporary money concerns. More
than 50,000 people are expected to attend. For further exhibit information contact
Janet Jamar, Director of Woman's Money Expo '80, The Money Show, 875 Avenue
of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10001, (212) 244-3355.
The National NOW conference will be held in Los Angeles October 5-7. For information locally call Evie Whitsett at 488-1777. The convention will be a major collection
point for Susan B. Anthony dollars in a new campaign to raise funds for ratification of
the ERA. Each NOW member is urged to donate 1 5 Susan B. Anthony dollars—one for
each of the unratified states. Prizes will be given to the four chapters who bring in the
largest amount of money for the ERA fundraiser. Contribute through your local NOW
Family of Sisters is a new support movement for lesbians in Harris County. The organization hopes to be a voice for lesbian concerns and a lesbian arm to help push for
specific and mutual concerns working with the other organizations. Physical support
will be given in the form of referral lists, professional advice, seminars and workshops
geared to lesbian problems, and various other activities. Emotional support will be in
the form of entertainment, consciousness raising and being an ear to lesbian problems.
Political support will be activities such as working with the MGC, MAC, NOW, DOB,
and other political groups to present a solid lesbian voice and support any candidates
favorable to our lifestyles. New members are invited to meetings each Friday evening
from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Montrose Activity Center, unless otherwise specified via gay newspapers or fliers.