NO ONE IS LIBERATED
IN A SEXIST SOCIETY"
November 1 -- Parrish opened the
meeting with a reminder for all
members interested in attending the
NOW National Conference to have
their 1973 dues in by December 7.
Only paid members will be allowed
to vote at the convention.
A resolution was suggested that
the National Convention be discussed
at the December meeting. Two
additional resolutions were brought
to the attention of the group so
that they may be considered before
a December vote.
The first of these resolutions
proposed that the next National Conference be held in Houston and that
there should be guidelines for
scheduling future National Conventions. The second resolution introduced the possibility of creating
a national task force on Women Over
40. Suggestions and thoughts on
these resolutions will be welcomed
at the December business meeting.
The National Conference of Jewish
Women has formed a group known as
"Justice for Juveniles" to investigate discrimination in detention
centers, juvenile homes, etc. Contact Sandra Larner, 729-7623,
if you are interested in working with
Parrish opened the program, titled "Favorite Comebacks to Most Often-
Asked Questions," with a list of
relevant employment facts:
*In answer to the statement, "Women
don't need to work," 35% of working
women are single; 35% of the husbands
of working women earn less than
$7,000; and only 30% of working women are married to men making more
Although more than 40% of the
workers in the U. S. are women, 27%
earn less than $5,000 (compared to
7% men), and only 2% earn over
$11,000 (compared to 30% men).
*Women stay on a job longer; 5.5
years for women as opposed to 5.4
Helen Cassidy then spoke on ways
to prepare yourself to speak on the
subject of feminism and a means of
defense when you are speaking to a
Helen described her first speech,
"I thought I needed stacks of notes,
but I found that no one opposed to
my point of view had a rational objection. You must remember, however,
when you go to speak you must have
a sense of humor. After all -- you
are right, they are wrong."
In answer to a question about bra
burning, Helen suggests, "When we
talk about freedom and equality, you
talk about underwear. Any woman who
burns her bra is crazy -- it's the
only support we have."
The most effective response to a
hostile man in the audience is to
remain polite and soon the women in
the room will begin to turn on the
The question, "But my wife runs
me anyway," is best answered by
reminding the man if his wife had a
life of her own she would leave his
Helen states the best answer to
the question, "Are you a liberated
woman?" is to reply, "No one is
liberated in a sexist society."
Helen bases her belief in the
movement on the fact that it is
humanistic. "Our culture is based
on the dual roles of dominance (male)
and submissiveness (female). If we
teach little boys to win in sports,
then they will want to win in Vietnam. If they are told not to cry,
they won't learn tenderness.
"These stereotyped roles have
warped our culture and we are all
being rendered impotent by this
society. Women have been impotent
for years because of this. It is
possible to share power without
participating in the dominant/submissive death grip of our culture.
The final question was, "Do you
believe in women's liberation?" to
which Helen replied, "Aren't I a
announces the opening of
an office for the practice of radical therapy
Houston, Texas 77025
Jacksonville NOW has incorporated a profit-making entity,
Options, Inc., as "one attempt to
meet the needs of funding services
for women while at the same time
creating employment and job training for women."
Options, Inc. will feature a retail store for paperback books and
handcrafted items, a NOW buisness
office, a research and lending library, meeting rooms and a crafts
workshop. Women will be taught how
to make craft items in their own
homes as well as in the workshop.
About 25 people have agreed to
purchase shares of stock at $25 per
share, with NOW seeking more stockholders.
The Feminist Sexuality Project
of NOW is sponsoring a survey to
discover women's real, but often unspoken preferences in relations to
sex. The results will be publicized
in order to give better definition
to the feelings of women concerning
To do this, the project is circulating a questionnaire (anonymously). For a copy, write to
S. Hite, Feminist Sexuality Project
--NOW, 28 East 56th Street, New
York, New York 10022
Women Make Gains In Texas Legislature
Harris County made political history by electing two women to the
Senfronia Thompson, 33, a Democrat, and Kay Bailey, 29, a Republican, will serve in the House of
The only other woman from Harris
County to serve in the legislature
is Sen. Barbara Jordan who was elected
representative for the newly created
18th Congressional District. Barbara
is the first black woman from the
south ever to be elected to the U. S.
House of Representatives.
Senfronia was unopposed for
representative of District 89, and
Kay, a lawyer and television personality, defeated her Democratic
opponent, William Adair, in a race
in District 90.
One of the most exciting state
legislative races was in Fort Worth
where Republican Betty Andujar, a
member of the State Republican
Executive Committee upset Democratic
Representative Mike Moncrief for a
Other women in the Texas House of
Representatives will include--Eddie
Bernice Johnson of Dallas, Sarah
Weddington of Austin and Chris
Miller of Fort Worth.