NOW at the University of Houston, Founded March 1981
M. J. Sommerfeld - President; E. G. Feld - Treasurer; R. Daumas - Membership;
J. Evansgardner - Public Relations; S, Forschler - Action Team Coordinator.
THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT
SECTION 1: Equality of rights under the law
shall not be denied or abridged by the 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 effect
two years after the date of ratification.
Volume 2, #3
Newsletter Layout and Pasteup by Rossann Daumas
Feminists Fight Back
February proved why the University of Houston needs a
chapter on campus. As many of you know, Lambda
Chi Alpha posted a banner advertising a topless party
to be held. NOW in conjunction with TEXPTRG protested
the sexism of their advertising by hanging a sign next
to their's which said 'THIS IS OFFENSIVE TO WOMEN
NOW's presence on campus challenged a traditional way
of thinking and advertising that objectifies women,
without MOW raising consciousness and providing a
focal point for feminism, this type of advertising
would probably continue unquestioned.
Key in raising the consciousness of this campus were
Judy Swinney, the mow member who had the idea for the
protest, Kelley Griffin, Cougar News Editor who wrote
a feminist editorial on the subject of images of women
in advertising, and RossAnn Daumas, NCW Membership
chair and Composing Room Supervisor for the Cougar who
insured that the photo of the protest would be taken.
Marie Tighe, another NOW member, answered a letter in
the fbugar which minimized the effect of sexist advertising on women thoughtfully 3nd managed to skillfully
insert the entire (all 52 words) text of the Equal
Rights amendment into her reply. Deborah Bell, a NCW
member who works on campus also wrote to commend the
Cougar and Kelley for their coverage of the proest.
MOW at U.H. has adopted a policy of working to get
increased emphasis on Women's Studies on campus. In
the last newsletter, a petition for women's studies
MARCH NOW at UH PROGRAM MEETINGS - TWO SESSIONS ON:
ACADEMIC STATUS OF WOMEN
Tuesday, March 23, 1982
1:00pm Castellan Room
7:00pm Castellan Room
Invited Speakers will examine three major questions:
1. Are Women's Studies academically valid?
2. Should Women's Studies be departmentalized or
3. What are the barriers against feminist research
and/or research by women?
This program is being organized by Ellen Seaton, Susan
Marlow and Cynthia Reyna.
(see Questionnaire on back cover.)
was enclosed. Please try and get signatures and
return the petition to the office. At the last business meeting, it was suggested that NOW at U.H. form a
committee to study alternatives, strategies, etc. necessary to accomplish this goal. If you are interested
in working on this, please contact RossAnn or me (see
note below re contacts during Feb. and March) . •
Another issue that surfaced last month at the University of Houston was the use of student funds to sponsor
the showing of pornographic films on campus. Traditionally, X-rated films have been the most heavily attended and biggest money makers. However this time due
to pressures, no fee was charged. Therefore no expenses were recouped and student fees paid for the movie
Pornography is a feminist issue. In order to develop
formal policy for NOW at U.H. on the issue of pornography, a meeting, cleverly titled, Policy on Pornography has been set for March 31. In this meeting, we
will explore the meaning of pornography to women and
feminists, and try to arrive at a policy position that
can be presented at the April business meeting for
chapter consideration. Please attend. As a special
bonus, you can also have the pleasure and priviledge,
so far experienced by only a select few, of collating
COME ON! LET'S GO! ERA ALL THE WAY!
It's February - just 4+ months left to Ratify America.
There are many who argue we can't win. In similar
times, in the depths of the depression, FDR said the
only thing we have to fear is fear itself. What ERA
workers fear is that ERA supporters will be taken in
by the can't win strategy of our opposition. If we
accept the idea that the fight is already lost, than
WE WILL lose. BUT WE WILL WIN if each of us does as
much as she or he can.
That conservative minority which opposes equality has
much to gain if you accept their ERA-can't win
strategy. They will maintain their unearned prerogatives. We all, men as well as women, have the rest of
our human lives as equal persons to lose. Which is by
way of announcing why Jeanne Sommerfeld and Jo ton
Evansgardner will be spending the next few weeks in
Oklahoma. The fight is still very much ON in the OK
It is expected that the next all out work will be in
Illinois. If you can get away in March to work in
Illinois, call Julie Lapham at the national Action
Center, 202/347-7279 for information.