Women on the Move
By Karen Malnory
A 2,000-mile journey that began September 29, ended when the equality runners completed the last lap of their journey
from Seneca Falls, N.Y. A crowd of approximately 1,000 women and men waited
in a sprinkling rain to greet the w^men.
As the band struck up the "Yellow
Rose of Texas" and the huge crowd raised
banners and placards amidst applause and
chants of ERA, the athletes and their
entourage of commissioners stormed onto
the Albert Thomas Convention Center site.
Athletes bearing eight American flags led
the relay followed by Billy Jean King,
Olympic swimming gold medalist Donna
deVerona and 1960 Olympic track gold
medalist Wilma Rudolph. Other runners
formed a circle around conference presiding officer Bella Abzug who sported
her famous trademark, a wide-brimmed
As the distinguished group moved
forward, the diverse group of well-wishers
edged around the stage for a better position. Signs and placards showed support
for the Pro-Plan, latino feminists, Wages
for Housework and Lesbians for Wages
for Housework and for "Women's Rights
American as Apple Pie," the slogan of
Wisconsin feminists from the National
Organization for Women (NOW).
There was a small fracas when the
Rev. Billy Joe Clegg brought in his two
signs saying "equal rights for Christians,"
and "IWY means immoral women's year."
The reverend announced his candidacy for
governor of Oklahoma on the other sign,
but he showed little Christian integrity
when he scuffled several women who stood
in front of his signs.
Dressed in jogging shorts and blue
t-shirts bearing "Women on the Move" over
the sign of the dove and the equality symbol, the runners encircled the commissioners and guests on the stage. Commissioner Liz Carpenter introduced Bella Abzug, who gave this impassioned message:
"Some run with a torch, others run for
political office, but none of us run for
cover and we won't stop this journey until
we get equality all the way."
The torch of equality was then
passed from Billy Jean King to Susan B.
Anthony, the grandniece of the famous
suggragist. Anthony echoed her famous
ancestor when she said, "Failure is
Nikki Van Hightower, Houston's
Women's Advocate, said the 2,000-mile
torch relay was a long and fatiguing journey for all the runners just as the women's
race for rights and equality has also been
long and tiring.
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