NOW at the University of Houston, Founded March 1981
THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT
SECTION I: Equality of rights under the law
shall not be denied or abridged by th/ United
States or by any state on account of sex.
SECTION 2: The Congress shall have the power
to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the
provisions of this article.
SECTION 3: This amendment shall take effer!
two years after the date of ratification.
Newsletter Layout and Pasteup by Rossann Daumas
Volume 2 Number 7
The National NOW 1982 Conference took place October
8-10 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jeanne Sommerfeld,
JoAnn Evansgardner and I were there as delegates
representing the NOW chapter at UH.
The conference consisted of plenary sessions, candidates speeches, speakers and workshops. At the
plenary sessions, resolutions were discussed, voted on
and passed. The Reproduction Rights, Lesbian Rights
and Minority Women resolutions were passed. All other
resolutions not discussed at the plenary sessions because of time factor will be discussed by the National
Executive Board. The elections of officers was a major factor at the conference. After listening to all
candidates and meeting them for questions and answers,
all delegates cast their votes on Sunday. Judy Goldsmith was elected president with approximately 200
votes over Sonia Johnson.
Judy Goldsmith's contributions in NOW are many. She
served as vice-president executive (1978-1982), was
coordinator of major administrative functions at the
National Action Center, was frequent spokesperson for
hundreds of radio, TV and print media interviews,
major contributor, editor and business manager of
National NOW Times, etc. Sonia Johnson, who was
ex-communicated from the Mormon Church because of her
support for the ERA, had a large amount of supporters
at the conference. She is known for organizing Mormons for the ERA and for leading the hunger strike for
the passage of the ERA.
We are sad to see Ellie leave her position as NOW
president. She proved herself a tremendous leader of
NOW through her hard work and accomplishments in the
advancement of the rights of women. I would like to
mention that JoAnn Evansgardner, our chapter convenor
and active member, was mentioned more than once in
El lie's speeches. JoAnn recruited Ellie and helped
her in many ways in the women's movement. Although
Ellie steps down from office, she said "we would not
see her walk away." Ellie, thank you.
Although of course not all delegates saw their choice
become a reality, no hard feelings were visible and
more importantly we saw an even greater committment
among the feminists there to work for the day NOW
makes equality a reality for all women in this
There were workshops on a variety of issues such as:
Insurance Discrimination, Reproductive Rights, Lesbian
Rights, Title IX and many more. The workshops were
designed to educate on the issues and its resolutions.
NOW at UH met with university chapters from other
parts of the country and designed a Campus Chapter
Resolution which requests a special program to be
originated by National NOW to be more specific to
university based chapters.
The speakers were an inspiration to us all. Among the
speakers were Congresswoman Katie Hall, the first
woman US Representative of Indiana, who delivered a
speech of encouragement to increase the number of
women in government. Mary Kay Blakely, well-known
feminist humorist, and author of Pulling Your Own
Strings enlightened us with some of her experiences in
this patriarchal society.
I am very glad to announce that JoAnn Evansgardner obtained all the tapes that were recorded throughout the
entire conference. If anyone is interested in listening to them please do not hesitate to let me know.
There is considerable interest in NOW at UH in starting Conscious-Raising groups (CR) on campus. I feel
that one is needed badly on our campus but careful
planning with an experienced coordinator is important
in starting a successful CR group. At this time, we
need to hear from anyone who is interested in being
part of a CR group in order to set meeting times. CR
groups usually meet once a week for 6-8 weeks and I
understand that when one signs up one should tr} not
to miss any of the meetings. CR groups nre not as
NOW at UH participated in kickir,j :• j?.df,d' ." "cries*
an event sponsored by ACORN 'Assp"'dt. v\f r- £.:rnunity
Organization for Reform Now). Itsx ^-^is to raise
public awareness of the damaging e-. ects the Reagan
Administration program is causing lev-income people.
His program is also abolishing or cu ting back just
about every federal program, law or office designed to
advance equality for women. Reagan Ranch will be open
II days - until election day.
NOW at UH sponsored a slide presentation October 26
called Motherhood: A SacreH Trust, Let It Be A Choice
which was followed by a discussion of the religious
questions surrounding abortion. The show was interesting and educational and I am very very sorry to say
that the attendance was very very low. I do hope to
see a larger attendance at our future programs because
we have some interesting programs planned. At this
time I do not ask for participation in planning and
working for events (even though we would like that).
I ask that you come by to our events so that we can
learn together and share some of our personal experiences and maybe in that way we can each be just a
1ittle bit more free.
Rossann Daumas, President, NOW at UH