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Breakthrough 1978-11 - Page 5. November 1978. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 25, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/959/show/951.

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(November 1978). Breakthrough 1978-11 - Page 5. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/959/show/951

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Title Breakthrough 1978-11
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Date November 1978
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Transcript NEWS HCWPC censures Eckhardt Members of the Harris County Women's Political Caucus met September 27 to consider endorsing candidates in the general election who had not been endorsed for the primary. Also on the agenda was a motion to reconsider the Caucus endorsement of Rep. Bob Eckhardt following his vote against the ERA extension. A two-thirds majority vote is required to endorse a candidate or, in the case of Eckhardt, to revoke endorsement. After much discussion between Eckhardt foes and supporters, the vote was split 18 to 18. Though Eckhardt supporters managed to retain his official endorsement by the Caucus, members then voted unanimously to censure him for his position on the ERA extension. The Caucus guidelines for endorsement stipulate that the candidate must complete and return a questionnaire, support the ERA and a woman's right to choose abortion. After careful consideration of those running in 18 contested races, the members endorsed only three candidates: Robert Baum for District No. 263 Judge , Joe Pentony for County Judge and Carl Huff for County Commissioner, Precinct 4. More than half the membership voted to endorse Bob Gammage for U.S. Rep. Dist. 22 and Anita Rodeheaver for County Clerk, but in each case supporters fell short of the needed two-thirds. Kathleen Williamson £53^^ w ni Wm **** 7^ &M IfcfiEGlifcBU'iK Balk" ' \* ■ >if i W:H i Mill f; rr^ mm r' '■' "^liiiii'i'f BBlHiiiibfa San Antonio Garment Workers in jail, 1935. (Photo courtesy Division of Archives and Manuscripts, Library, U.T. at Arlington.) Historically speaking An Austin-based group, People's History in Texas, Inc. has been funded $21,000 by the Texas Committee for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete the video/ film production of Talkin' Union, the first oral history of working women in Texas. Talkin' Union presents the oral histories of four women who worked in the garment and pecan-shelling industries in Texas from the 1930's to the 1950V All four became active in unionization efforts to improve their working conditions. The impetus for the project was the lack of popular educational materials on Texas working women. One in four Texas women worked outside the home in the 1930's, yet there are virtually no publicly accessible materials which examine these women's experiences or attempt to analyze the role these women played as a significant group in the Texas workforce. Few Texans know that one quarter of the nation's pecan crop during the 1930's was shelled by a San Antonio workforce of 10,000 to 12,000 Mexicanos - predominantly women. Even fewer know of the Pecan Shellers Strike of San Antonio -probably the largest strike in the Southwest during the 1930's. People's History in Texas will also conduct a program series in eight Texas cities including Houston from December through March, 1979, which will feature the film Talkin' Union, followed by a panel discussion on Women in the Texas Workforce: Yesterday and Today. The program series is scheduled to be shown in Austin, Laredo, Houston, El Paso, Fort Worth, Brownsville, Dallas and San Antonio. The project is currently seeking minority organizations, women's groups and labor unions who would host or co- sponsor the series in their city. Coordinators of the project are Maria Flores, UT Austin, graduate in photojournalism, Glenn Scott, former UT graduate student, and Melissa Hield, PhD candidate in American Studies at UT. For more information, call Flores or Scott at (512) 477-1064. Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hill and Travis County Commissioner Ann Richards, one of "Two Hundred Women" group organizers. Women's money on races Texas women have started to get serious about fundraising. This year, under the banner "Two Hundred Women," home- makers, feminists and professionals have formed what is believed to be the state's first fund-raising group aimed solely at supporting candidates or organizations which support women. With a goal of $20,000 ($100 each from 200 women), THW has so far raised about $23,000. This figure so impressed the National Women's Political Caucus that it is using THW as a model for similar groups nationwide. THW was founded in February on the premise that it is important that "women get into the habit that it takes money to achieve what we want to achieve," said Travis County Commissioner Ann Richards, one of the group's organizers. This year, THW is putting its money on Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hill. By doing so, THW contributors "expect Hill to be aware of women's needs in the state and to see that women are named to positions of responsibility in state government," Richards said. Martha Smiley, a former chair of the Texas Women's Political Caucus, said Hill's campaign was chosen because it was felt that the governor's race would have more immediate impact on the "day-today life" of Texas women than, say, the Krueger-Tower battle for the U.S. Senate. Smiley also noted that many of the group's organizers, including Richards' aide Jane Hickey and Austin political worker Claire Korioth, were committed to Hill's candidacy. "I knew there were a lot of women out there that liked Hill," said Smiley, head of the attorney general's tax division. But she claimed that if THW had not been organized, "women would have never come together in the John Hill campaign. "We figured that a $20,000 contribution was going to make a whole lot more impact on a multi-million dollar campaign than a $100 contribution" from individual women, Smiley said. A Hill campaign spokesman said the money is the third largest amount the Attorney General has received from a political group. Next year, THW plans to raise the same amount-or more—for use in a cam paign or organization which supports women's goals. THW's influence didn't stop with its cash. The group was also the basis for a Hill organization called "Women on the Hillside" which put out a brochure outlining Hill's stance on issues deemed important to women, including day care, employment and utility rates. THW was the model for another women's fundraising group within the Hill campaign, "Amigas de John Hill." The group so far has raised close to $7,000, said Cathy Vasquez, Amigas coordinator. Mexican-American women around Texas were asked to "unite for the purpose of supporting a candidate who re cognizes the contributions and who seeks to promote the development of women to their fullest potential." Information was requested to set up a talent bank featuring Mexican-American women for presentation to Hill, and to help in pre paring a Mexican-American woman pro file, outlining needs, group objectives and legislative issues. "Traditionally, Mexican-American women have played a very significant role in any fundraising activity whether bingo cr a bazaar. But this is the first time Chicanas have organized to raise money for a candidate on a state wide basis," Vasquez said. Like THW, Amigas originally attempted through a statewide mailer to raise $100 each from a large group of Mexican- American women. About 40 contributed that amount, but more than 200 made some contribution at fundraisers in Austin, Houston, Corpus Christi and San Antonio. "The goal was to prove that Mexican- American women could demonstrate the strength of their vote and could raise money on their own," Vasquez said. Among those on the Amigas steering committee are Marta Cotera, an Austin businesswoman appointed by Carter to the National Commission on the Status of Women, and Houston coordinators Janie Reyes, a law student active in PASO (Political Association for Spanish-Speaking Organizations), and Rosie Cope, owner of Tele-Surveys. Esther Horton NOVEMBER 1978 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH