Look at the record
It's common for anti-feminists to view--and to perpetuate their view- -
that all feminists are anti-homemakers.
They charge that feminists devalue the work and worth of the
homemaker and they mak traditional homemakers defend their work
and worth where feminists have never questioned it.
Listening to them during anti-ERA debates one would think that
feminists rather than Madison Avenue admen created the image of
"Mrs. Dummy: the housewife" who feeds her dog cereal rather than
meat and who to this day has not found the right detergent to Wisk-
away the "ring around her husband's collar"-caused by his dirty
While anti-feminists have spent their time attacking feminists-the
great majority of whom are full-time or part-time homemakers-
feminists have been working on legislation of direct benefit to
homemakers. For example:
1. Displaced homemaker legislation for women who have fulfilled a
role as a homemaker and find themselves "displaced"-through
divorce, widowhood or loss of family income. Feminists want to see
the creation of multi-purpose service centers where job training and
placement will match the special skills of former homemakers with
the social needs of the community.
2. Guaranteed social security coverage for homemakers, including
accounts in their own name that will not be affected by divorce or
death of spouse.
3. Joint management of community property for spouse's <*n
4. Concern for the women victimized by household violence and
provisions for sheltering them and their children plus changing the
vvay law enforcement personnel deal with cases of household violence.
5. Child care deductions as well as a campaign for provision of
facilities in the community and at places of work.
6. Safety of birth control methods and new understanding of our
bodies during pregnancy and menopause.
7. Women-oriented rather than physician-oriented conditions of
8. The right to choose abortion as an alternative.
9. New credit laws that permit married women to establish their
own credit history in their own names, which will preserve their credit
standing through widowhood or divorce.
10. The concept of responsible divorce- Feminists have been unfairly blamed for the new no-fault divorce laws, though we did not
press for them because we knew women did not have economic
equality, especially after a lifetime as homemakers, but we have
pushed for divorce settlements that provide for the support of the
This is only part of the feminist record of direct benefit to
homemakers over the past ten years. Now, let us call for the record
from the opposition.
In the meantime, Happy Mother's or Homemaker's Day. We really
appreciate and value your and our work and worth!
HAPPY MOTHER'S DA Y
from the mothers and daughters at Breakthrough
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Griffin-Boone, Gay Cosgriff, Charley Kubricht-Fore
Feature Writers-Jan Cunningham,Patti O'Kane, Wendy
Haskell Me^er, Adelaide"Moorman
Photography - Lily Barnstone, Marilyn Jones
Production - Rhonda Griffin-Boone
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by the Breakthrough Publishing Company, 1708 Rosewood
Street, Houston, Texas 77004, P. 0. Box 8346, Houston, Tex.
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94708. - l_
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letters to the editor
As a student of the now defunct
UT System School of Nursing, I
would like to express my appreciation for your article entitled "UT Regents Scalpel
Nurses" (April 1976)
I am extremely concerned with
this decision. I feel that the
precipitous action of the Board of
Regents will directly affect the
nursing care and nursing
education offered in Texas. The
UT System School of Nursing is
devoted to preparing well-
educated hospital bedside
nurses, as well as nursing
specialists with master's and
Both UT regent Joseph Nelson,
past president of the AMA's
Political Action Caucus, and Dr.
Charles Berry, President of the
UT Health Science Center in
Houston, have stated that they
feel nurses are over-educated.
How can a professional,
responsible for human lives be
over-educated? Even more
important, how can nursing
education be determined by
people expressing such views?
MS. PEGGY HANNIGAN
Student Body President
UT School of Nursing
In am writing this letter to
convey to your readers some of
the reasons Texas nurses
are concerned about the implications of such an action for
the consumer of health care. Dr.
Charles Berry, President of the
UT Health Science Center at
Houston, made the following
statement on March 5, 1976 at a
Search Committee Meeting for a
Dean — "I do not believe in
higher education for nurses. It
only makes the health care
delivery system more expensive
and just takes money away from
the professionals already in the
system" (i.e. physicians). After
reading this statement, you can
begin to understand why the
nursing and consumer community of Houston are worried
about the future of undergraduate and graduate
nursing education programs in
Texas. However, I would like to
add that not all physicians share
Dr. Berry's attitude toward your
need for quality nursing care.
The whole issue centers on who
will make decisions about the
profession of nursing for you, the
health care consumer. Will this
administrator be a Nurse or a
Non-Nurse? What will happen to
quality nursing care if it is
controlled by an antagonist of
nursing education? I submit that
you, the citizens of Texas, will
lose- you will lose quality nursing care rendered to you in a
compassionate manner to meet
your individual needs.
DR. EVELYN A. REDDING
The rallying effort of nurses
and concerned citizens
throughout the state of Texas to
form the Save Our School (SOS)
Organization has been enormous.
It confirms the assertion that the
Regent's decision to dissolve the
UT System School of Nursing was
made without adequate input
from those who will feel its effects.
Money talks! The major
movement of SOS is to raise the
$300,000 which regents claim will
be saved. The money will be
offered so that the UT System
School of Nursing's operations
can be evaluated before it is
SOS desperately needs
financial contributions. The
citizens of Texas can protect the
rights of our patients and future
patients by mailing contributions
to 7803 Lawnwood, Houston,
Texas 77038. Call SOS
Headquarters for further information: 621-7743.
KATHLEEN STEVENS, RN
Thank you very much for your
article (April 1976) on our
Planned Parenthood Center.
The women of Harris County
have shown us they want and need
our services. In 1975, we served
18,000 patients for contraceptive
services and supplies and approximately 31,000 patients for
The article you ran on the
services available to the women
of this county is of great service
to the community.
Director of Education
SHARON E. GARLAND
Director of Resources