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Daily Breakthrough, November 19, 1977 - Page 11. November 19, 1977. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 25, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/6372/show/6346.

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Transcript BETSY SIEGAL LOOKING FOR THE FIGHT National Medd Hits Houston Does the national news media come to a major event with a pre-cast story tucked in their belts? You betcha! That was very much apparent today in moving through the various events of the Pro-ERA forces. The tone was set very early yesterday morning at a National NOW press conference when NOW President Eleanor Smeal answered a barrage of questions by the press about what NOW was going to do if the anti-ERA forces attempted to disrupt the conference. At the 8 a.m. meeting, Smeal told the media that NOW members were attending the conference as either delegates or observers and that they would be totally wrapped up in conference activities. But it was apparent that the pre-cast story for the majority of the national press corps was "the anticipated (hoped for?) confrontation" between the pros and the antis. And as if by signal, throughout the day the feminists and other pro-ERA groups gave varying degrees of warnings to the media not to "make the confrontation happen." At a Business and Professional Wom- en's-sponsored media panel, retired U.S. Rep. Martha Griffiths of Michigan said that the actions of the anti-ERA forces would not, she believes, have any effect on Congress and "won't have any effect unless you people (the media) make it have an effect." When the torch was carried into the convention site area by the runners at 1 p.m. Friday, IWY Chair Bella Abzug and the many speakers who followed her, continued a positive, business-like approach to the conference. The pre-cast purpose in the minds of the pro-ERA supporters was clear . . . "business as usual and full steam ahead." Later in the afternoon, Flo Kennedy carried the torch of media reform a bit further, calling women to return to their homes and to immediately begin a campaign to "ban all commercials (radio-TV) that make women look like imbeciles." Kennedy told the women that there are 125 major advertisers who must be made to feel the economic pressure and push of the women's drive for equality. Again, almost as if on cue, although unrehearsed, the final speaker of the 4 p.m. rally at City Hall, Kate Millett, told worhen of the constant calls she receives from major media asking her whether "this action or thaj;" signals the termination of the women's right movement. "Houston is a sign of how big we can get," Millett said, and added, "We're here to stay." By late afternoon the questions from the press on the possibility of pro-anti ERA clash possibilities had diminished. But if any among us dares doubt that the media is the message ... is the message ... is the message, stay tuned for tomorrow's agenda. By then Martha Grifr fiths and Ellie Smeal and Kate Millett will know if their "message" was heard. Pro-famil/ compromise? The floor leader for the pro-family delegates to the International Women's Year Conference said Friday that her forces may be able to reach a compromise agreement with pro-ERA delegates on a number of the conference's 26 resolutions, including those on child abuse, rape and credit for women. However, the floor leader, Indiana state Sen. Joan Gubbons, a Republican, reiterated the pro-family group's continued opposition to other resolutions, such as the Equal Rights Amendment, abortion on demand and the displaced homemaker's bill which they believe will "undermine the family unit." Gubbons said at a press conference Friday that she had not checked with other pro-family leaders, but that she personally believes a compromise might be reached on several resolutions "if the feminists are willing to do that sort of thing." On Gubbons' list of possible compromise resolutions are those on the arts and humanities, employment and the appointment or election of women, as well as those in child abuse, credit and rape. She said, though, that the resolution on the employment or appointment of women needed to be modified by including the word "qualified." "One of the things that's always bothered me about feminists," Gubbons said, "is that only once in all the years I've been in office have I seen the word qualified used." Gubbons' press conference Friday afternoon at the Ramada Inn Civic Center was part of day-long activities sponsored by the Citizens Review Committee for IWY. Also speaking was Phyllis Schlafly, national chair of STOP ERA, who said the IWY was a "charade" which attempts to tell the American public that it speaks for American women, which she says it doesn't. She said recent votes against the ERA in states like New York and Washington backed her stand on how American women feel about the IWY proposals. What American women want instead of the IWY proposals, she said, is "a good standard of living" and "the continued recognition of the family as the primary unit" of society. Schlafly, as well as a number of other speakers, told Dornan's committee that the sponsors of IWY legislation in Congress had promised that the conference would represent "every woman of every kind." However, she said, the state and national conferences had been rigged by pro-ERA forces to disenfranchise the anti- ERA people. RALLY HONORS ALICE PAUL Organizers of Houston's Equal Rights for Women Welcome Rally gave at least 1,500 women a chance to laugh, cheer, chant and shout on the grounds of City Hall Friday. The rally was called to honor the author of the Equal Rights Amendment, Alice Paul. It was "herstory" in the making as Dolores Huerta of the United Farm Workers, Luz Gutierrez of La Raza Unida Party, Houston Women's Advocate Nikki Van Hightower and others took to the podium. Kate Millett and the Harrison and Tyler comedy team also appeared at the rally. "We must not let a vocal minority stop us from getting our rights," humorist z Flo Kennedy told the receptive audience. ^ Her songs set the crowd to clapping and u. stomping as the "old pro" of the fund- ^ raising hustle passed the hat for the ERA, * telling the women to "get out of the kit- ^ chen and back into the streets where w you belong!" tffl r Center of Fashion, 1800 South Post Oak Road, Houston Store hours 10 A.M.-6 P.M., Open until 9 PM. Monday, Thursday and Friday PAGE 10 NOVEMBER 19, 1977 DAILY BREAKTHROUGH JwiJamail&*Rons FOOD<MAF(KEr welcomes the International W^en's^fear Conference to Houston! V