National Organization for Women
VOLUME II NUMBER 2
The Texas Women's Political Caucus
is delighted that the NOW State Council
voted to join the Caucus Communications
Network. A letter explaininq the Network will be sent to NOW Chapter Presidents & other members who siqned up at
the Council meeting. We will be notified when Leqislators in our districts
need to qet phone calls and letters
from us on leqislaton affectinq women.
If you know someone in a town with
no NOW Chapter or Caucus, please ask
them to join. If you are not on the
list S. want to be part of the Network,
send your name, address & phone number
to TWPC, 711 San Antonio, Austin,7870 1.
Texas NOW's State of the State address focused on the legal riqhts of
homemakers S. was given at a press conference in the Capitol, Jan. 13, 1977.
Our messaqe was picked up by AP & UPI
& we got pictures & stories in newspapers in San Antonio, Dallas and Austin (front page). Other papers carried
the story as did radio & television
stations in Austin S. other cities. NOW
chapters in Dallas, Houston and Lubbock
had successful events the same day.
Let's do it every year.
The names of Texas NOW members who
wish to plan for & participate in the
state conference to be held by the National Commission on the Observance of
International Women's Year have been
submitted. In addition, each person
should Send her own letter & resume to:
(the Commission) at U.S. Department of
State, Washinqton, D.C., 20520.
Eleven chapters have sent contributions of $50 or more to Texans for ERA.
That is not even half of the 23 active
chapters I calculate we have. Please,
check to see if your chapter has contributed and, if not, try to get your
check to Texans for the ERA, 711 San
Antonio, Austin, 78711.
Pre-registrations must be in by
March 18 for the National Conference,
April 21-24 in Detroit. I've made my
room reservation & am ready to join any
group flight that is arranged — we
understand it will have to depart from
either Dallas or Houston.
See you at the State Council meetinq March 10 in Dallas. There will be
a special meeting on Title IX S. materials to help you monitor your school
(Followinq welcoming remarks.)
We want to give you a briefing on
the qeneral concerns of the present
Women's Movement, our achievements, &,
most importantly, the issues which we
will emphasize in the coming year.
Foremost among these is one which
may come as a surprise! we plan to
stress the role of the family & the
riqhts of the person inteqral to it -
From the outset of the Women's
Rights Movement in the early *60's, our
focus usually has been on the "professional woman." We have struggled to
gain equal rights with men and, particularly, equal opportunities for women
employed outside the home.
One example of our success is the
fact that the term "affirmative action"
is now not only a part of our everyday
language but a reality in the operation
of most corporations & State Aqencies
in Texas. True, women still hold only
7% of the "exempt" (or highest-paid)
jobs in State Agencies, whereas, the
ma jority of the state's lowest-paid,
clerical workforce is made up of women.
Bur "affirmative action" plans are well-
established & being implemented daily
in Texas* State Aqencies & major businesses. For example, there are "career
ladders" to ensure the merit-promotion
of women as well as ethnic minorities.
Women are sitting on Boards of Directors
of major banks, corporations, & some
State Agencies they are establishing