Network is a new monthly feature intended as a forum for Breakthrough readers to
communicate with each other or with the newspaper. Network will replace our letters to
the editor and To and From page. Please send announcements, letters or art to Breakthrough, P.O. Box 88072, Houston, Texas 77004.
The Women's Information, Referral and Exchange Service, will train volunteers
for staff positions at workshops. Requisites are maturity, intelligence and a sincere interest in helping other women. March 28 and 30, 9:30 a. m. - 12:30 p. m.
The League of Women Voters wishes to remind the public that they must use
the new yellow voter registration certificate in the upcoming primary on May 6. If you
have not received this yellow certificate, it is possible that registration was cancelled as
of February 28. In this case, one should register at the Voter Registration Department,
406 Caroline, 224-1919, ext. 310. Forms for registration are also available at the
League of Women Voters, 1947 W. Gray, Suite 202, 529-3171.
Texas State Nurses Association-Las Vegas Night, March 18 at Kaphan's, 8 p. m.
- 1 a. m., door prizes, games, dinner and play money. Tickets are $8 per person/$15
per couple. Proceeds to go to legal fund for passage of the Nursing Practice Act in the
next legislature. The current act was passed in 1909. More information from the District 9 office, 523-3619.
The Reunion Theatre presents Carson McCullers' The Ballad of the Sad Cafe,
adapted by Edward Albee, April 6 - May 16, Thursday through Saturday at 8:30 p. m.
709 Franklin. 228-2267.
Women in Transition, an original work conceived and directed by Kate McSwain
will be available for touring after its final performance at Manhattan Clearing House in
Dallas on March 12.
The company of three women explore through documentary material, poetry,
dance and song the transition that takes women from rage to fulfillment. After taping
weeks of discussion, the original script was developed and augmented with excerpts
from the book Women, Money and Power byPhyllis Chesney and the play Calm Down,
Mother by Megan Terry. This is truly a play for both sexes.
The performance space is flexible. If you are interested in having this play presented to your group, contact Kate McSwain at 214/827-1605 or call Manhattan Theater at 214/651-1153.
Amelia Earhart Fellowships. Sponsored by Zonta International to encourage and
support study and research by young women scientists, and to improve the status of
women. For advanced study and research in aerospace-related sciences and engineering. Candidate must have earned a bachelor's degree in a discipline basic to any of the
many aerospace-related sciences; must show promise of original research potential; and
must gain acceptance at a qualified graduate school. Write to Zonta International, 59
East Van Buren Street, Chicago, Illinois 60605.
The Diuguid Fellowships. A developmental program for women whose career
and professional goals have been deferred because of marriage or other reasons. The
fellowships make funds available for one year of intensive retraining or concentrated
study on a full-time or part-time basis. Available to women who can demonstrate that
a year of formal study, internship, or independent effort can benefit them directly in
pursuit of significant careers. The program need not lead to an academic degree. Any
woman who meets the following qualifications may apply: 1. must be over 21 years of
age and have had an interruption in her career; 2. must demonstrate financial need of
the assistance; 3. must be a resident of the Southern region of the United States. Write
to The Diuguid Fellowships, Suite 484, 795 Peachtree Street, N. E., Atlanta, Georgia
The Young Women's Christian Association of Houston is giving the following
workshops and classes: Encore, for post-mastectomy patients; Single Again, for
divorced and widowed women; Women in Crises, for battered women; Single Mother's
Club, for mothers and children; Women Aware, self-discovery; Do It Yourself-It's
Cheaper, how-to home repairs and car maintenance. We don't have room to print all
the information, so if you're interested, please call 523-6881 or 723-4752.
Texas Para-legal School is now accepting applications for the April 17 class of
instruction. TPS offers one of the most intensive paralegal training programs in the
country. For information on career opportunities and registration, call 227-2220.
The Houston Community College System needs qualified instructors to teach
women's Community Services Courses for Fall 1978. Courses are not for college credit
and will be designed by the instructor. Instructors are paid $8.00 per teaching hour.
If interested, submit a course syllabus and personal resume by Majch 23 to Carla
Derryberry, HCCS, 22 Waugh Drive, 77007 or call 869-5021.
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The Beverly Cook Dance Company will present a series of six concerts at the Equinox
Theatre, 3617 Washington Avenue in the Heights. The program will consist of seven
new dances offering a wide range of kinesthetic explorations as well as a varied array
of musical accompaniments from Stravinsky to George Crumb to Fleetwood Mac.
Cook is artistic director and major choreographer for the eight-member modern dance
ensemble. Performances will be at 8 p. m., March 19, 20, 21 and 26, 27, 28. $3.00.
For reservations call 528-2585 or 868-5829.
The Road Runners Club of Houston is co-sponsoring the first annual Bonne Bell
10,000 Meters for Women on Sunday, April 2. The race will be run on the Allen Parkway - Memorial Drive hike and bike trail along Buffalo Bayou. Starting time 10 a. m.
Entry fee $4.00.
Registration will be on Saturday, April 1, 5 - 8 p. m. in the main lobby of Allen
Parkway Inn, 2121 Allen Parkway. Late registration on Sunday 8:30-9 a. m. Send entries to Mary Ann McBrayere, 7733 Moline, 77087, no later than March 27. Make
checks payable to Bonne Bell 10,000 Meters-Houston.
The Nutrition Education Association, Inc., is presenting a Sunday Afternoon
Lecture Series. April 16: Mental problems and their relationship to nutrition. May 7:
Weight control and good nutrition. Lectures are held at Autry house, 6265 South Main
Street, 665-2946. 2 - 4 p. m., $2.00.
To the editor:
Marrie Richards, M.D., correctly anticipates a need in the community for a regular
column about women's health care. /"Breakthrough, February 1978).
There seems to be a large gap between our search for the medical facts and the information provided to us by the medical professions.
I am pleased by Dr. Richard's comment on patients who ''don't want the doctor to
play a magic role...take us off our pedestals." This is an interesting twist to the social
prestige the average physician seems to command. As a part of my studies at Texas
Woman's University, School of Occupational Therapy, I read a study indicating a physician's specialty prestige is related to the degree of control that it exerts over a patient's outcome (i.e. the amount of "magic" that the physician performs). When both
surgical patients and physicians were questioned, the statistics revealed there was little
difference in their views of this active-passive relationship.
In my opinion, it is the consumers of medical services that must be willing to
change this passive role. There just are not enough doctors around like Marrie Richards
who are willing to share the responsibilities of our own health with us. The health professions need to take an active position by maintaining high standards through a
preventative method, rather than by emphasizing the curative one. Maybe through the
information Breakthrough readers will gain from Dr. Richard's column, there will be
an increased awareness of our minds and bodies and this will bring on the subsequent
demystification of the medical establishment as a whole. —Pat Gmitter
Houston Area Feminist Federal Credit Union will hold its annual meeting March
22 at the Electric Living Center, 1212 West Loop South. Refreshments will be provided. The meeting is open to members and affiliates of the Credit Union. Call B. L.
Jamail at 527-9108 for details.
HAFFCU is offering financial credit seminars at the credit union office on Monday nights beginning March 27. Call 527-9108.
The women's Group of the First Unitarian Church meets every Sunday at 10:00
a. m. in Room 12, 5210 Fannin Street. March 19: Gay Lyders, Program Coordinator
of First Church will speak on Women Within the Unitarian Universalist Denomination.