July 1 Regularly scheduled meeting
July 3 Houston Bicentennial Parade - Come with your sign, red, white and blue
crepe paper, and dressed as your favorite feminist. 9:00 a.m., Rice
Hotel. Contact Jeanie Coon, N. W. NOW, 667-2019
July 6 Feminist Study Group, 7:30 p.m. - University Boulevard Bookstore, 243?
July 11 "Herstory: Pageant of American Women" - Jungman Library, 5830 Westheimer,
July 17 NOW Council, Austin. Contact Frances for ride, info.
Presiding in August: Rachel Reed (488-426l)f Betty Yancey (534-6244)
Word has come from Ellen Mendoza, Houston, that the John Birch Society and the American
Party are warming up for an all-out attach on ERA in the 1977 legislative session.
Such efforts can be counteracted and diffused if action is begun now by: (a) seeing
that other organizations you belong to (PTA, church groups, civic clubs, etc.) schedule
an ERA program this fall or winter. They plan now for programs, so ACT NOW. (b) Find
out the positions of legislative candidates and make sure they are correctly informed
about ERA. Let the candidates know that there are thousands of informed, registered
voters in Texas who are supporting the ERA and are interested in how the candidates
view the Equal Rights Amendment, (c) Monitor the media! If an article or program on
radio and T.V, present ERA favorably, write or telephone approvals immediately. An
anti-ERA presentation should elicit an immediate protest and a request for equal time.
Almost all women's magazines are planning pro-ERA articles in July, 1976, issues.
Phyllis Schlafly, a&ti-ERA head of Eagle Forum, has urged 40,000 Forum members to
pressure these magazines into canceling or modifying plans. NOW is the time to
write to one or more of the magazines and enthusiastically approve their ERA support.
WOMEN'S DAY, 1515: Broadway (10019); FAMILY CIRCLE, 488 Madison (10019);
G00DH0USEKEEPING, 959 8th Ave. (10019); LADIES'HOME JOURNAL, 641 Lexington$0022);
COSMOPOLITAN, 959 8th Ave. ('10019); MC CALL'S, 230 Park Ave. (1001?) 5
REDBOOK, 230 Park Ave. (10017); MADEMOISELLE, 420 Lexington (10017);
GLAMOUR, 350 Madison (10017); COED, Scholastic Magazine, 50 West 44th St.(l0036);
SEVENTEEN, 850 3rd Ave. (10022)
These three steps can be taken by any person who believes in the basic guarantee of
individual equality. Playing the game of "catch-up" next year will be futile — NOW
is the time to act!
An article titled "How Would ERA Affect Your Life?" written by Bess Myerson is
printed in Redbook Magazine, April, 1976, and subheaded "Does the Equal Rights Amendment
mean mixed rest rooms? Being drafted into the Army? Loss of Social Security benefits
or alimony? An outspoken defender of human rights gives straight answers to the questions that have grown out of the emotional battle over ERA." Texans for ERA believe
the article to be a reading "must" for all those for and against ERA. As a service to
its readers, Redbook has reprinted the article, and for 35 cents in coin (no stamps)
and a stamped, business-size, self-addressed envelope to Department B-101, Redbook
Magazine, 230 Park Ave., New York, N.Y. 100171 you may have one to pass around to those
friends (and enemies) who need it.