Consciousness-Raising Workshop Report
This workshop was attendend by a large group of women from all around the state. They
represented a wide variety of NOW chapters and special community needs* We discussed
bothe the National guidelines and the guidelines written by Helen Copitka. I urged
the group to give the National guidelines careful consideration before using them.
"They are seriuosly outdated in many respects, but more seroiously, they make many
assumptions which may not be valid for your group.
It was emphasized that guidelines are just that-"guidelines.n They are not etched
in bronze. Women have within themselves the solutions to the problems. OR is just
one way to speed up the process.
For areas that may not be quite ready for OR groups, the suggestion was made to
form study groups. Readings from such current books as The Women's Room, or My Mother,
My-Self could be used to draw in women who might not know or understand the term
There also is some merit in reading our own history,e.g. Century of Struggle, the
lives of Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Carrie Chapman Catt, and others. If you
think passing the ERA is tough, how did we get suffrage passed, when we had no
vote at all?
There will be a meeting at the Women's Center, 4600 Main, Tuesday, May 15/
To discuss the formation of new C-R groups. If you are interested in
joining a group, being a facilitator, or just want more information, please
come to this session* For more info, please call 522 1849 or 522 4468*
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOW
It's just a tad late, but congratulations anyway! NOW in Houston is nine
years old as of April. In the spring of 1970, Sally Hacker called the
first meeting at .her house. Ten people paid their dues and we elected
Sally, President, Cathy House, V~P, Bart Hacker, Sec, and Barbara Settle,
Tresurer. Aridine Sindo, Barbara Lane-Farley, Ann and Milton Lower, and
myself siqned up that night and away we went. It's rewarding to know
that Houston has not been the same since.
HOUSTON AREA NOW PROGRAM MEETING
MAY 10: "Victims No More"....a program/discussion presented
by Nancy Meyerson, one of three teachers of Re-
evaluation Counseling (co-counseling) in-Houston* __
Since strong, unexamined feelings frequently obstruct
clear thinking, this will be an attempt to identify
the feelings generated when we experience various
types of discrimination and to help us develope
effective means of limiting or preventing it, 7* 30
p.m. at the rtorld Trade Center 1520 Texas Avenue at
Crawford Houston Area N.O.W.
E.R.A. SUPPORT COMMITTEE
The E.R.A. Support Committee has been organized to promote the
economic boycott of unratified states. The purpose of this group is to
supplement N.O.W.'s economic boycott by encouraging people in Houston to
vacation only in ratified states and to let tourism officials in unratified
states understand exactly how much money they are losing. Progress so far
has been good with the Gay Political Caucus, the Chicana Caucus of G.P.C.,
Houston Area N.O.W., Harris County Women's Political Caucus, and Lesberadas
passing resolutions in support of the economic boycott. 900 -1000 letters
were collected at the Texas N.O.W. Conference and will be sent to tourism
officials and key legislators in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Florida.
We need more people to help with this effort. Call Renee Rabb at 524-0982
for more information.
A Renee Rabb