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Transcript MARTINA STAPLES getting started• in law By Barbara Hugetz After eleven years of teaching high school English and four years of attending law school nights and summers, Martina Staples, at age 34, was sworn in by the Supreme Court of Texas on November 1. "I simply was not realizing my potential in teaching. It became increasingly frustrating and inhibiting to me particularly in the amount of record-keeping and lack of administrative support. Law school/' she says, "was the most exhilarating, mind-expanding experience of my Uie." At South Texas College of Law, Staples became a member of the South Texas Law Journal and received the Journal's award last spring for the outstanding article published in the field of federal law. She also qualified for the school's honorary fraternity, Order of* the Lytae and received two American Jurisprudence Awards for the highest grades in her torts and family law classes. In addition, Staples was honored with recognition for scholarship by the national chapter of her law fraternity, Delta Theta Phi Despite her law school credentials, Staples found employment difficulties in the law profession. "I interviewed for a number of legal positions before- deciding to go into private practice," she says. "Although it is true that every profession is now open to women, law firms still only hire a nominal number of women. footnotes continued from page 5 1 Ehrenreich, Barbara and English, Deirdre. Witches. Midlives and Nurses. Glass Mountain Pamphlets, Oyster Bay, NY. 2 based on statistics gathered by Dr. Linda Fidell, Assoc. Prof, of Psychology, California State University; Sex Differences in Health Care, American Assoc, for the Advancement of Science, 140th Annual Meeting San Francisco. In 1972 40% of U.S. adult female population were prescribed mood altering drugs. About half of these women manifested symptoms of physical disease. 3 Adams, Aileen and Cowan, Geoffrey. "The Human Guinea Pig: How We Test New Drugs" in World. December 5, 1972. 4 Depo-Provera. IUDs, injectable contraceptives and DES were a few described in Kennedy's Congressional Hearings "Quality of Health Care - Human Experimentation." Hearings before the Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare. U.S. Senate. 93rd Congress. Parts la and 3. February. 1973. 5 J.R. Willson. M.D., C.T. Beecham. M.D. and E. Car- rington, M.D. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 4th edition. C.V. Mosby Co., St. Louis. All quotes in this paper are taken from 55 page descriptions of women's minds (Chps. 4&8 entitled, "Psychology and life periods of women" and "Sexual responses of women, dys menorrhea and premenstrual tension.") Copy of text with quoted passages outlined is available upon request. 6 Freud, "The Economic Problems of Masochism." 1924 Collected Papers. Vol. II. 7 Scott, R.C., M.D. World of a Gynecologist. London: Oliver and Boyd. 1968. 8 Statistics supplied by C.V. Mosby Publishing Company. St. Louis. 9 Ralph Nader has published in his column "Nader Reports" in Ladies Home Journal that 50% of hysterectomies are unnecessary, according to a poll of leading pathologists. 10 Freud, op. cit. 11 Ruben, I.C. and Novak, Josef. Integrated Gynecology: Principles and Practice. New York: McGraw Hill. 1956 p. 77. 12 Parsons, Langdon and Som: mers, S.C. Gynecology. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders. 1962. 1962. UJeffcoate, Thomas. Principles of Gynecology. London: Butter- worth. 1967 14 Novak. E.R. and Jones, G.S. and Jones, H.W. Novak's Testbooks of Gynecology. Baltimore: Williams and Wil- kens. 1970. 15 Lewis, Denslow. Reprinted in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology by M.H. Hollender, M.C. 1970. p. 108. 16 Diseases of Women. C.V. Mosby Co., St. Louis. 1926. 17 Greer, Germaine, The Female Eunuch. 18Sillman, L.R., M.D. "Femininity and Paranoidism" in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. Vol. 143, No. 2 p. 163. As one interviewer told me, 'We just want to be sure we get the right female.' The one and the only one is what they are saying." When she first entered law school she was single, recently divorced. "Both financially and emotionally it was tough," she says. The greatest difficulty she found in law school was the lack of a strong support base. "When a man enters a professional school, he is embraced with support from family and a degree of envy from other men. When a woman does the same thing, she is still often con fronted with why she is not getting married, having children or caring for her family full-time." Interviewed in her office at 711 Main, Staples said that the main area of law practice in which she would like to see reform is domestic relations. "Too often in the past women have not participated as fully as they could have in their own legal battles because their lawyers made the decisions." She adds that women have encouraged this by looking on their lawyers as father-figures to take care of them. However, increasingly, women are wanting to know what are their legal rights, risks and options. "Formerly passive and accepting women who are at the crossroads of their lives in becoming autonomous and independent persons certainly want enough information to make their own decisions. "I like best what Eleanor Roosevelt said concerning women and life. '. . .we discover what we really are and we make our real decision for which we are responsible. Make that decision primarily for yourself because . . .The influence you exert is through your own life and what you become ..." When I get home from the office, it's feet-up and find-out-what-l-missed time. My man is Steve Smith. He's really a cut above anybody else in town." Let Steve and his friends Alexis South and Ron Franklin make your day, weeknights at 6 and 10p.m. Come home to Steve Smith at 6 and K) pm KHOUTV NEWS® Page 12 Houston Breakthrough November 1976