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Austin NOW Newsletter 1973-12 - Page 2. December, 1973. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 20, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/585/show/581.

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(December, 1973). Austin NOW Newsletter 1973-12 - Page 2. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/585/show/581

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Title Austin NOW Newsletter 1973-12
Publisher National Organization for Women, Austin Chapter
Date December, 1973
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • National Organization for Women--Periodicals
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Austin, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • Periodicals
Language English
Physical Description 5 page periodical
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Original Item Location http://library.uh.edu/record=b4698723~S11
Digital Collection Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • National Organization for Women--Periodicals
Original Item Location http://library.uh.edu/record=b4698723~S11
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript Austin NOW was formed on October 4, 1972, with eleven charter members. The standard by-laws required by National were ratified; meetings were set for the first and third Wednesdays of each month, with the first meeting in December designated as the Annual Meeting, at which chapter elections are held. The meeting place was and Is the Austin Women's Center, an old house close to downtown and to the University of Texas campus, which has been available to women's groups in the area since April 1972. Membership dues of &5/yr ($2.50 for students and others unable to afford the $5) were set. Meetings are open to all at no cost. The monthly newsletter, a one or two page summary of chapter activities and news of other feminist activities in Austin, is mailed free to all who request it, and is supported by chapter dues and by direct contributions to the newsletter. Current membership is about 25; the newsletter mailing list includes about 150 persons and organizations. The chapter initially formed several task forces. One focused on the disparity of spending on girls' and boys' sports in Austin city schools, and provided research and moral support for city board of ed member Carole McClellan to win approval of paid coaching positions for women coaches. Another Investigated the discriminatory policies of city government, and persuaded the Austin police force to drop its stated requirement that applicants be male (however, the policy continues as de facto rather than de Jure discrimination). Another worked on problems of sexism in advertising. They proposed and gained adoption of a ban on sexist advertising in the campus newspaper (over strenuous objections of the then-editor), and conducted a successful lobbying effort to persuade a local bank to change its particularly offensive advertising campaign. A fourth group investigated the availability and licensing of day care facilities in Austin. From this last group grew the concept of a directory of Austin as a guide primarily for women. The day care group compiled a detailed survey of day care facilities. Other task forces re-formed into research units on: employment - how to find a Job, guidelines on how to recognize sex discrimination and what to do about it; housing - how to find a place, where to go for help if a dispute arises with a landlord; health - basic informatln on gynecological care, clinics and hospitals available, self-defense Information, suggestions on rape prevention; credit - information on city and state laws that forbid sex discrimination on the basis of sex, where to go for help on credit, how to establish credit; law - survey of laws and legal customs woman's name, property rights, birth control and abortion, marriage and divorce, child custody, etc.; and organizations - a list of any organizations that did not conveniently fit any other category, but which offered services or activities useful to women, from political groups to the Women's Art Guild. All sections stress contact information - where to go for more information or help In an area, preferably with both address and phone number. The project of writing this resource book is nearly completed; the book will hopefully be published this month (November 1973)• Meanwhile, chapter meetings usually featured a guest speaker on the first meeting of each month (with the third Wednesday reserved for task forces or research groups). Speakers have included Rachel Wahlberg, a freelance writer on the subject of women and religion; JeJie Wells, member of the State Board of Education; Wllhemlna Delco, member of the Austin school board; Janet Berry and Jenny Llston, who have each filed sex discrimination charges against