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Title Broadside, Vol. 3, No. 1, May 1972
Publisher National Organization for Women, Houston Chapter
Date May 1972
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Transcript Page 4 BROADSIDE May 1972 Rights Amendment Still Needs States' Approval A 49-year struggle by both men's and women's organizations was ended on March 22 when the U. S. Senate sent the women's equal rights constitutional amendment to the state legislatures by a vote of 84 to 8. Approved by the House last October 12 by a 354-23 vote, the measure specifies that women are to receive absolute equality with men before the law. If ratified within 7 years by three-fourths of the state legislatures, the proposal will become the 27th amendment to the U. S. Constitution and will go into effect two years following ratification. (Already Texas has become the 8th state to ratify, and two states have voted against ratification, Oklahoma and Connecticut.) The gist of the proposal is contained in one paragraph: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." Senators Birch Bayh (D-Ind.) and Marlow W. Cook (R-Ky.) and Rep. Martha W. Griffiths (D-Mich.), chief sponsors of the amendment, proposed that it would wipe out a broad spectrum of archaic state and federal laws and regulations which actually lock women in to a subordinate role and limit their legal economic rights. Voting against the amendment were Senators Sam. J. Ervin, Jr. (D-NC), Wallace F. Bennett, (R-Utah), James L. Buckley (R-N.Y.), Norris H. Cotton (R-N.H.), Paul J. Fannin (R-Ariz.), Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.), Clifford P. Hansen (R-Wyo.) and John Stennis (D-Miss.). James Eastland (D-Miss.) was present and paired against passage. Edmund Muskie (D-Maine) and Hubert Humphrey (D-Minn.), both Democratic presidential candidates, voted for passage, but both George McGovern (D-S.D.) and Henry Jackson (D-Wash) were absent. Texas senators, Tower (R) and Bentson (D), were present and voted for passage of the amendment. (Largely through the efforts of a massive letter campaign conducted by Houston NOW.) Feminist organizations nationally, such as NOW, the National Women's Political Caucus and the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, were credited principally with passage of the amendment through their improved lobbying efforts. Passage of the amendment does not however, insure immediate action by the Federal government. Even if the necessary 38 states ratify the amendment within seven years, it will not become effective for an additional two years. (The Texas Women's Legal Rights Amendment will take effect immediately, if it is successful in November's election.) Work must continue to force ratification of the equal rights amendment as quickly as possible. Join Fight at Precinct Level, Caucus is Told "Women have historically been only a tiny percentage of elected and appointed officials and of party delegates. Women are the majority and now is the time for women to begin to take action," said Helen Cassidy, in her opening statements at the organizational meeting of the Harris County Women's Political Caucus, held April 1. •"Women must get involved at the grassroots level of politics this year if they are to wield the political power to which their numbers in the population entitle them," Helen, President of the Texas Women's Political Caucus, said in discussing the importance of attendance and participation at precinct conventions May 6. "What we must do is go to our precinct conventions organized and knowing our neighbors." Members of the caucus were then shown a mock precinct convention and the method by which conventions can be railroaded to a quick and predetermined conclusion. Women were advised that if they did not feel they were properly represented at their precinct conventions, they could hold their own convention, but the minutes must be registered immediately with the county clerk's office. U. S. Representative Bob Eckhardt and State Representative Rex Braun spoke to the members of the caucus concerning women in politics and women and the law. Representative Eckhardt warned the women of the •"clever, ingenious devices used by persons determined not to let a constitutional principle like the Equal Rights Amendment stand." Braun emphasized the importance of continuing to work for passage of the Texas equal rights amendment which will be voted on in the November general election. Members voted to eliminate sexual designation in leadership titles and elected Poppy Northcutt as chairone; Marion Seltzer, co-chairone for handling public relations and heading the priorities committee; Ruth Milburn, co-chairone for information and membership; Barbara Lane Farley, secretary; and Bonnie Burnett, treasurer. The following resolutions were adopted: ♦Reform of abortion laws ♦Support for the National Abortion Week, May 1-6, sponsored by the Women's National Abortion Action Coalition. ♦Support for equal employment opportunities ♦Support for political party efforts encouraging proportionate representation for women and minorities in political conventions ♦Support for day-care programs Following a break for lunch, the members heard from twelve women candidates for legislative, judicial, congressional and state board of education positions. Anyone wishing to obtain information concerning the Harris County Women's Political Caucus should contact Poppy Northcutt, 333-3270. INITIALS TO KNOW ERA -- Equal Rights Amendment OFCC -- Office of Federal Contract Compliance EEOC -- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission FEPC -- Fair Employment Practices Commission WRO -- Welfare Rights Organization