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Transcript WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT HOUSEWIVES? Ratification of the ERA may be boiling down to a question of credibility and where the uncommitted should place their trust — with the antis or with the pros. The antis are a curious lot: the Communist Party, the Ku Klux Klan the American Independent Party, the John Birch Society, some elements of the hierarchy of the Catholic Churc organizations of women like "Hot Dog" and "HOW", "Fascinating Womanhood", 'Total Woman" and in collaboration with the John Bird Society, "Stop-ERA." The simple fact of the matter is that "Stop-ERA" and all the other an^ ti-feminist groups previously mentioned have done nothing for women — homemakers or otherwise. Phyllis Schlafly, the radical right political opportunist who organized the Stop- ERA groups, cites all the laws feminist organizations like NOW have worked to have passed these past 9 years to "prove" the ERA is unnecessary. There is no record she ever lent a helping hand in their passage. There is no record, in fact, that she's ever done — or even been for — anything of benefit to women who work either outside or inside the home. Aside from specific NOW accomplishments and what the entire feminist movement has done to promote and safeguard the interests of working women, we also have a substantial record of changes in attitude, practices and law of direct benefit to homemakers that have been overlooked. These need to be broadcast to the world, especially to the homemakers Mrs. Schlafly and her associates have gulled into opposing the ERA. These benefits include the following: • Feminists got credit laws changed so that a married woman's credit can be in her own name and she can develop a credit history that will survive, even if her marriage ends in divorce or widowhood. • Feminists pressured for the new law that provides for joint management of community property (instead of management by the husband alone) so that wives have to be consulted and involved in decisions vital to the financial security of the family. By Toni Carabillo National Advisory Board • Feminists have focused attention on childbirth conditions and on the comfort of women rather than attending physicians. It is also feminists who are changing attitudes toward menopause. • Feminists brought attention to the safety of birth control methods and to the hazards of so-called feminine hygiene sprays. It was also feminists who spearheaded the campaign to establish women's nght to choose; that resulted in the 1973 Supreme Court decision on abortion. • Feminists focused public attention on the need for community as well as work-site child care facilities (for the 13.3 million working mothers and the 2.5 million women heads of household) and it is feminists who have succeeded in getting larger deductions allowed for the costs of child care. • Feminists have drawn attention to the wholesale failure of the courts and state agencies to enforce child support agreements so that after one year, only 38% of fathers are in full compliance and 42% have made no payment at all. (Even then, these agencies only take action after the mother and children are on Welfare so that they can recover the money for the State.) • Feminists have pressured employers, both public and private, lo adopt the concept of "parent leave" so that either or both parents can respond to family emergencies. • Feminists are focusing national attention on the problem of household violence and the fact that cases of battered wives outnumber rape cases by 3 to 1. • Feminists have raised the consciousness of the country to the mistreatment of victims of rape in medical, police and court procedures and have succeeded in making changes in all three, as well as altering generally accepted attitudes that rape victims somehow provoke the assault. Feminists are working for better Social Security provisions for homemakers, in- I eluding accounts in their own names, so that I benefits will not be lost if the marriage I doesn't last. • Feminists have pressed to establish the concept of "Responsible Divorce" so that even under the new dissolution of marriage procedures, financial support is dependent during the marriage. (Few remember it was feminists who opposed the new dissolution laws because they were premature in a society that had failed to provide either equal opportunity or encouragement for women to achieve economic independence.) • Feminists developed and initiated the new "Displaced Homemaker" legislation designed to assist women between the ages of 35 and 65 — too old for welfare assistance and too young for Medicare or Social Security — but who have lost their position as homemaker because of widowhood, divorce or loss of family income. • Feminists — recognizing that in a society where if something isn't assigned a dollar value, it is in fact totally unvalued — have stimulated recent calculations of the dollar value of homemaker's services and are pressuring to have it counted in the Gross National Product (GNP) which measures the goods and services produced by the people of the United States. • And last but not least, it is the whole feminist debate over women's role in this society and the exposure of the hypocritical treatment of wives and mothers — paid homage once a year on "Mother's Day," but taken for granted and excluded from genuine public concern the other 364 days of the year — that has in fact inspired "housewives" to begin calling themselves "homemakers" and has inspired new self-esteem as well as public recognition of the value of their role. If those who oppose the ERA could cite a similar list of accomplishments of benefit to women, they might have some credibility as the homemakers' champion and defender. Until then, they deserve neither credibility nor trust. Homemakers, keeping in mind all we have done in their interest in the past, might better take our word for it — we all need the ERA.