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Title Broadside, Vol. 6, No. 8, August 1975
Publisher National Organization for Women, Houston Chapter
Date August 1975
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  • Women--Political activity--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • Newsletters
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  • National Organization for Women
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • periodicals
Language English
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Transcript the cop shop On June 25, 1975 the Houston Area Chapter of NOW filed a class action complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the City of Houston, the City Civil Service Commission, the Houston Police Department, and the Houston Police Officers Association. The complaint alleges that the hiring and employment practices of the Houston Police Department discriminate against women. In addition, formal complaints were filed with the Justice Department and the Treasury Department requesting an immediate investigation into the charges. The complaints urged the withholding of Law Enforcement Assistance Administration and Federal Revenue Sharing funds from the City of Houston until the discrimination is stopped. Withholding of such funds will mean a loss of over eighteen million dollars to the City. Although the Houston Police Department has a long history of practices that discriminate against women, several restrictive policies were dropped early in 1974 with the advent of the administration of Mayor Fred Hofheinz. Major efforts were made to recruit women into the Police Department. Those efforts were quite successful. So successful, in fact, that the cadet class entering training on January 20, 1975 contained 49% women. On that same day the Police Department raised the height requirement for women from 5'0" to 5'6" and instituted a physical agility test. No physical agility test had previously been used for either men or women. We maintain that these requirements were established with the deliberate intention of discriminating against women. It is important to note that these are requirements for entering cadet school. The Police Department does not require its incumbent officers (mostly male) to regularly pass an agility test as a condition of continuing employment. What was going on in January? Backlash, that's what was going on. And where did the backlash come from? A likely source could have been the Houston Police Officers Association. After all, they had some perfectly justified complaints about job assignments given to rookie women officers.