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Broadside 1971-05 - Pages 6 and 7. May, 1971. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 19, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/6098/show/6092.

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Title Broadside 1971-05
Publisher National Organization for Women, Houston Chapter
Date May, 1971
Description Vol. 2 No. 5
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  • Women--Political activity--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • National Organization for Women--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • Periodicals
Language English
Physical Description 12 page periodical
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Digital Collection Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters
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Title Pages 6 and 7
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Women--Political activity--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • National Organization for Women--Periodicals
Original Item Location http://library.uh.edu/record=b3767173~S11
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Use and Reproduction Educational use only, no other permissions given. Copyright to this resource is held by the content creator, author, artist or other entity, and is provided here for educational purposes only. It may not be reproduced or distributed in any format without written permission of the copyright owner. For more information please see the UH Digital Library Fair Use policy on the “About” page of this website.
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Transcript 6 TWO VICTORIES- FINALLY MA BELL PAYS HER BILL Lorena Weeks of Wadley, Georgia, was awarded $30,76l April 19 by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals because of sex discrimination in the employment practices of Southern Bell Telephone Company. Ms. Weeks is the plaintiff in Weeks v. Southern Bell, the first sex discrimination case under Title VII to reach the level of Circuit Court. The sum awarded to her included back pay, all claims for overtime, premiun pay, evening and night differentials, travel pay and expenses, and interest. According to Sylvia Roberts, NOW Regional Director-South and attorney for Ms. Weeks, "Lorena is the first woman to receive appropriate relief after a court ruled a company violated Title VII." The Weeks case began in March, 1966, when Ms. Weeks bid for the job of switchman which paid $51.50 more per week than she was earning. Denied the job solely on the basis of sex, she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They investigated the case and ruled in her favor but were unable to secure a voluntary agreement with Southern Bell. Ms. Weeks then sued in federal court. Southern Bell claimed that the job involved "strenuous activity" including lifting a 31-pound relay time-testing set. Further, a Georgia labor regulation forbade women and minors lifting weights in excess of 30 pounds. The district court agreed. Since her attorney was unwilling to appeal. Ms. Weeks contacted NOW. Sylvia Roberts took her case. After the briefs were filed in Circuit Court, the Georgia weight-lifting regulation was rescinded. The Fifth United States Circuit Court ruled that sex was not a bona fide occupational qualification for the job of switchman and that Southern Bell's refusal to consider Ms. Weeks for the job violated Title VII. On March 4, 19711 five years after her initial bid, Lorena Weeks was given the job of switchman. Noxtf chapters demonstrated nationally March 29 against Bell system affiliates to protest Southern Bell's failure to give relief to Lorena Weeks. According to Ur. Jo-Ann Evans Gardner, NOW Board member from Pittsburgh who coordinated the nationwide action, "The Weeks case was truly a landmark decision. This is a triumph for women across the country who organized actions in more than a score of cities. Southern Bell would not obey the Federal Court order until NOW showed its determination to publicly embarrass the company nationally. We intend to keep up the pressure in each of the cities where the demonstrations were held, to oppose rate increases, and press the unions to protest until AT&T changes its hiring policier, to truly equal employment opportunities for women and minorities." CONGRATULATIONS! It's a sister! LEGISLATURE PASSES ELRA After more than a decade, the Texas legislature has approved the Equal Legal Rights Amendment. The Texas House approved the resolution April 27, 119 to 25. The Senate had passed the resolution unanimously February 16. The legislative approval will allow the voters of Texas to decide on the proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw sex discrimination in the statp. The proposed amendment reads: "Equality under r,he law shall not be denied or abridged because of sex, race, creed, color or national origin." It will be placed on the November, 1972, general election ballot. The ELRA faced a serious threat on the House floor. Representative Rayford Price of Palestine offered an amendment to exempt property rights A DEBT To Hermine Tobolowsky legislative chairman and past president of the Texas Federation of Business & Professional Women's Clubs, who has lobbied, tirelessly for the women of Texas for 13 years. To Rex Braun Harris County representative, District 23, who was House sponsor of the Equal Legal Rights Amendment. To Don. Kennard State Senator from Ft. Worth who spc'-rored the Equal Legal Rights Amendment in the Senate. from coverage under the sex discrimination ban. The amendment was defeated 79-^>6„ Seven Harris County House members voted for the Price proposal. (See Snit List this page.) Fifteen Harris County House members voted for the final passage. Will Lee, Sid Bowers, and Jack Ogg opposed it. Curtis Graves of Houston was absent. Although a njmber of discriminatory laws were reoealed in the 19&7 session of the legislature, many remain on the books. The ELRA, if passed by the voters of Texas, would not only remove these laws, it would ensure no discriminatory laws could be re-enacted. The passage of the ELRA in November, 1972, must be of top priority to those concerned that all shall be equal under the law in Texas„ SNIT LIST Harris County Legislators who voted against the ELRA: Will Lee Sid Bowers Jack Ogg Harris County Legislators who voted for amendment to exempt property rights from coverage under the sex discrimination ban Rill Illy the Sid Bowers Walter Mengden Will Lee Sonny Jones Jack Ogg Bill T. Swanson