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Transcript Guess who's not running By Dixie Lee Hawkins "We're never going to elect women until we run women," acording to Democratic National Committeewoman Billie Carr. If that's true, Harris County's 1978 ballots do not bode well for the election of women to public office. "We're never going to elect women until we run women." - Billie Carr "I didn't buy a dress for two years, until those campaign debts were paid off." — Karey Bresenhan Houston AreaWomen's Center invites you to a gala banquet honoring Nikki Van Hightower Special Guests and Entertainment Galleria Plaza Hotel Saturday, April 8,1978 eight o'clock cash bar seven to eight for information call 488-9370 For reservations, send $15 per person. Make checks payable to Houston Area Women's Center, c/o Dr. Nanette Bruckner, UH/Clear Lake City, P. O. Box 36, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058. All proceeds will benefit the Houston Area Women's Center. If you cannot join us, contributions may be sent to the Women's Center office, 2518 Grant St., Houston, TX 77006. All Contributions are tax-deductible. m » Of the 185 local names in the May 6 Democratic primary ballot, only nine are women. Only one woman is running in the Republican primary - out of 53 candidates. "We weren't looking far enough ahead. willing to make. I'm not sure that's because I'm a woman. It's just my conservative nature, and I think you have to be willing to go into debt to run some of these campaigns." Appel chairs the League of Women Page 4 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH March 1978 "I don't know what the divorce rate is among politicians, but it must be tremendous." — Nancy Palm We got caught without many candidates," says former city women's advocate Dr. Nikki Van Hightower. Why aren't there more women running this year? Political observers and former candidates cite fund-raising difficulties, lack of experience, family responsibilities and prejudice against women holding office. Discrimination has indeed held back women's participation in elective politics, particularly in raising campaign funds. "You have to have the money," says onQ former candidate. "I don't care how many times women—and men—who are managing campaigns say, 'We're going to have a shoe leather campaign, that if we have enough volunteers, we can do it without money.' They can say that until they're blue in the face. If you don't have the money, you aren't going to win." Karey Bresenhan did not win in 1974 when she ran for state representative, but she did pile up campaign debts. "The only way I had of paying those, at the time, was to go back to work. So I started my own business and I allocated every penny of the profits until those debts were paid. I can remember not buying a dress for two years-not buying anything above the absolute basic necessities of life-until those debts were paid off." A study that came out shortly after the 1974 election showed Democrat Bresenhan had been running in a district that is one of the most consistently Republican districts in the entire nation. Ironically, Bresenhan was defeated by a woman who is now the only high-ranking Republican left in the Carter administration- Kay Bailey. Today, Bresenhan says she now prefers to help elect other women instead of running again herself. Money was not the chief reason Madeline Appel chose not to run for City Council last year, but it certainly had a bearing. "For me, it would be very difficult to put my family into debt in order to run a campaign. Not that they wouldn't be willing. My husband is deeply supportive, but it's a psychological step I haven't been "What every woman candidate needs is a good wife." — Janis Pool Voters national budget committee and is past president of the league in Houston. She is also the mother of two young children. Her family was the biggest single factor in her decision. Appel wants to wait four or six years until her children are older, before she again seriously considers running for City Council. "I don't think a city councilperson spends any more time being a city councilperson than I did as League President and do now in my state and national League work, but the year-long campaign is exceedingly intensive. It requires you go night and day, and not only can you not share the burden of running the car pool and taking the kids to the doctor. . . you cannot do it all. In today's society, when all is said and done, the person who kind of holds it together is still the woman." "Campaigning on your home turf is one thing," said Nancy Palm, former Harris County Republican Party chair. "Going to Austin as a state legislator or to Washington as a member of Congress is something else. "When you look around, there're just not many women who are willing to leave their husbands or their children to go off and serve in public life. I don't know what the divorce rate is among politicians, but it must be tremendous. . . It does put a strain on family relationships. The phone rings at all hours of the day and night. You're at the whim of other people and there are tremendous demands put upon you by other people," Palm said. "What every woman candidate and every woman office holder needs is a good wife," said Janis Pool, an unsuecessful candidate for County Commissioner in 1974. That wouldn't solve all the problems, but it would certainly get dinner on the table and the kids off to school. Unlike Palm, who says she may run for a state legislative seat in a few years, Pool has no more interest in running for office. She claims she hasn't been "burned" by her unsuccessful race, she's "just not programmed to be a candidate."