Editor, Hildegard Warner
Women and girls from age 7 are invited to run in a 10,000 meter Mini-Marathon sponsored by the Houston YWCA and Kelly Services. The approximately 6.2-mile race will
begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at the Memorial Park Jogging Trail. A shorter
three-mile course will also be offered. The five dollar entry fee includes a T-shirt, information packet, map, bumper sticker, refreshments and prizes. Registration is limited
to 500 runners and ends April 20. Registration forms and information are available at
all five Kelly Service offices, all Oshman's Sporting Goods stores or by mail (with a $1
handling charge) through a YWCA branch. YWCA membership is not required to participate. For more information or to volunteer to help, call the YWCA at 523-6881 or
the branch mearest you.
The Black Women Lawyers Association is sponsoring its fourth annual Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, April 21. Carole Simpson, NBC national news correspondent, will
be the guest speaker. Proceeds from the banquet will be used to provide scholarships to
deserving law students. The banquet will be at the Marriott Hotel on the West Loop
between San Felipe and Post Oak. Tickets and information can be obtained from
attorney Bonnie Fitch, chairperson, at 641-2059.
Erin Pizzey, a pioneer in working with battered women in England and the author of
Scream Quietly or the Neighbors Will Hear will lead a conference on Battered Women:
A Social and Legal Issue, on Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference is sponsored by the Houston Area Women's Center, in conjunction with the Gulf
Coast Legal Foundation, the University of Houston School of Social Work and the
Harris County District Attorney's Office. Pizzey, who founded Chiswick Aid Society, a
shelter for battered women in Chiswick, England, will also give a public address Friday
evening, May 11, at 8:00 p.m. at Autrey House. For further information and conference registration, write Susan Eggert, P.O. Box 20156, Room401, Houston,TX 77025,
or phone 792-4441.
Women & Their Work, a group of Austin artists, is assembling a slide registry of women
in the visual arts in Texas to serve as a source for a proposed book, state-wide exhibition
and a slide-tape presentation. These projects will include a representative selection of
works in all media, and will be the first comprehensive exhibition of Texas women artists. Women artists residing in Texas and working in any visual media may submit entries. The deadline for submission is June 15. For detailed information write Women
& Their Work, P.O. Box 4775, Austin, TX 78751, or call 512-477-1064.
Opening a Dynamic Economy to Women-Paths to Nontraditional Employment is the
theme of a conference planned by the Regional Committee on Activities Affecting
Women on May 3-4. The committee was created by the U.S. Secretary of Labor as part
of a nation-wide effort to remove artificial barriers which may prevent many women
from moving into skilled and responsible jobs. Conference workshops will cover the
economic outlook, apprenticeships for women, U.S. Department of Labor programs
for women, new job opportunities in industry, legal remedies to discrimination and
more. The conference will be at the Sheraton-Houston Hotel, 777 Polk Ave. Registration of $15 may be sent to Marjorie Miller, Conference Coordinator, U.S. Department
of Labor, 2320 LaBranch St., Room 2102, Houston, TX 77004, no later than April 23.
For more information call 214-226-4907 or 767-6985.
Voters Key, the 1979 directory of elected officials and voting information, is now available at any city, county, college or university library. The free booklet, published by the
League of Women Voters, amswers questions about federal, state and local legislators,
voting requirements and political parties. To order a free copy by mail, send a stamped,
self-addressed envelope to The League of Women Voters of Houston, 1947 West Gray,
Suite 202, Houston, Texas 77019. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting
the League office at 529-3171 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
The Houston Center for Displaced Homemakers will offer only two more workshops
before its funding ends in June. These four-week workshops are from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday from April 23 to May 18, and May 28 to June 22. The free program
includes assessing skills and strengths, handling finances, interviewing skills and job
hunting, and referral to support services. Women between the ages of 35 and 64 who are
widowed, divorced or separated, and have worked without pay as a homemaker for
several years are eligible. For additional information call 749-3755 or 749-7253. The
Center is located on the University of Houston Central Campus.
Women in Communications, Inc., (WICI) has organized a telephone network to intensify pressure on legislators in states where the Equal Rights Amendment has not been
ratified or where there is a threat of rescission. The network will be directed by Patricia
Goodwin of St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an information specialist at the University of
Minnestoa and heads WICI's national ERA task force. For more information call WICI
headquarters at 512-345-8922.
The National Council of Negro Women is sponsoring a free immunization program for
children on Saturday afternoons. The program is funded through a half million dollar
federal grant and is aimed primarily at children of working parents who cannot go to
doctors or city health clinics during the week. The free immunizations are given from
1 to 3 p.m., Saturdays at 4905 San Jacinto, on an appointment basis. Parents may call
523-3316 for an appointment.
W.I.R.E.S. (Women's Information, Referral and Exchange Service) is now two years
old. W.I.R.E.S. is looking forward to a future of still greater growth and service to women of Houston. Orientation classes for new volunteers and communication skills workshops are conducted at regular intervals. For more information about becoming a
W.I.R.E.S. volunteer, call 527-0718.
Cathy Chappell (third from right) is founder of Texas Women's Rugby. She formed the
Houston Hearts team (above) in September 1977. There are eight women's rugby teams
in the Texas conference: Dallas, Austin, Houston Boars, Houston Hearts, Texas A&M,
Galveston, San Antonio and LSU. The Hearts beat Texas A&M last month seating
them in first place in the Texas conference. For information on women's rugby, call
Poets Marge Piercy and Audrey Lorde will present a reading of their work at a "Poetry
Festival" in Austin, Wednesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. The festival is co-sponsored by Women
& Their Work, a group of Austin artists, and the Speech Communications Department
of the University of Texas. A reception will follow the reading in the Speech Communications Building at the UT campus.
Poet Denise Levertov will give a reading of her poetry at the University of Texas at
Arlington on April 24 (5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.) and April 25 (10 a.m.-ll:30 a.m.) at the A-l
Classy Theater. Her reading is sponsored by the UTA Women's Center, the Department
of English, the Dean of Liberal Arts, the Input-Output Council and the Arts Council
of the Student Activities Board. The reading is free and the public is invited.
Phosphene, Houston's newest literary magazine is sponsoring a poetry contest-deadline June 1. Cash prizes will be offered and the winners will be published in Phos-
phene's next issue. The first prize winner will receive $50, second prize, $30 and third
prize, $20. Send all submissions to: Phosphene Publishing Company, P. O. Box 66842
Fairview Station, Houston, TX 77019.
The Image de Tejas State Conference is the theme of a three-day meeting, April 26-28,
sponsored by the Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce of Travis County. Anyone
interested in employment of Hispanics in government is invited to attend the conference
while the Texas legislature is in session in order to make a positive impact on future
government employment of Hispanics. Workshop leaders will include representatives
from federal agencies, state and local government EEO offices, MALDEF and others.
The conference will be held at the Quality Inn South in Austin. For more information
call the Mexican-American Chamber of Commence of Travis County at 512-478-2577.
The Gay Political Caucus of Houston is sponsoring Operation.Documentation, an effort
to identify lesbians and gay men who may want to testify about alleged civil rights
violations by any police agency at the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Commission hearings in June. The program is also designed to identify the need to eliminate
or revise certain oppressive laws and to let elected officials at all levels know that discrimination exists. Anyone wishing to contribute case information to the program may
call Operation:Documentation at 526-2879; ACLU at 524-5925; Houston Human Rights
League at 523-6969. To volunteer to help the Gay Political Caucus, call 526-2668 or
The second South Central Women's Studies Conference will be held April 20-22 to gather together people who are involved and/or interested in women's studies and school
and community women's programming in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Teachers, students, counselors, those involved in women's centers and community service agencies and other interested persons are invited to attend.
The conference will be held at the Administrative-Conference Tower (ACT) of
Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.
Workshop topics include Battered Women, Teaching Women's Studies in the Bible
Belt, Women and the Media, and a Rational Approach to "Burn Out" in the Women's
movement. Other subjects covered will be Foundations of Feminist Philosophy, Strategies for Dealing with Sexism in Interviews, and the Displaced Homemaker. A special
workshop on K-12 Women's Studies will include the topics Feminist Research and
Traditional Methodology, and Eliminating Sexist Language Patterns in Schools.
Pre-conference sessions will focus on Women Goddesses and Homemade Religion
and Women and Anger.
Fee for the three-day conference is $15.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members. For housing information contact Lindley Doran, Conference Coordinator, 1915
Westwood Drive, Denton TX 76201. For further information contact Lindley
Doran (817) 566-2586 or Clara Boyer (817) 387-7611.