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Title NOW News Bay Area Chapter, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1977
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Transcript VANTAGE POINT - IWY - VANTAGE POINT - NWC - VANTAGE POINT - IWY - VANTAGE POINT - NWC REMA LOU BROWN, Bay Area NOW, AAUW Nov. 17, 1977 - I go to the Hyatt to register staff and commissioners. The Hyatt's a madhouse - the American Petroleum Institute refuses to vacate their rooms; the air-conditioning is off. WE SHALL OVERCOME—It's our Conference and no one is going to force us to an angry reaction. Nov. 18, 1977 - Registration of delegates and alternates begins at 9 a.m. Everyone is in a hurry. I'm supposed to work at a table—but I wind up marshalling the 1400 who have been lined up since 8 a.m. It's exhilarating—it's tiring. I may never walk again—my voice is three octaves lower by day's end. "Pink ladies," lesbians, right-to-lifers and pro-choice people stand side by side. Pro-ERA buttons abound and not a STOP ERA button in sight. The opposition is here, but unless you know who they are, there is no way to identify them. Are they afraid? They're very pleasant in the lines—only real obstinate ones are those who want "special treatment" as big frogs in little ponds. "Go to the back of the line." Wilma Scott Heide stands quietly among the members of the Oklahoma delegation. She doesn't argue for special treatment. Sara Weddington banters cheerfully with Ohio delegates as she waits to be registered. Strike up conversation with a delegate from Shawnee Mission, Kansas—my old family home. She's anti-ERA and pro-Phyllis, but we don't talk about that. My hat is loaded with buttons and my AAUW FOR ERA button is unmistakable. Maybe she'll have a second thought about radical feminists someday. Nov. 19, 1977 - Meet 72 year old black woman from Mississippi—retired college professor. Help her make sign as a Mississippian for ERA. Hear some horror stories about being an educated black woman from the Deep South. Hear AAUW staff members discuss ANTI-EVERYTHING RALLY and Frank Briscoe's and Louie Welch's presence there. Hope Nikki Van Hightower is more representative of Houston's future than Briscoe and Welch. KKK and hard-shell fundamentalists are discussed. I claim if opposition to ERA had not mobilized, the nation's level of consciousness could be non-existent and the ERA would have gone the way of the Suffrage Amendment. I then have the sudden sensation that I may have grown two heads. Nov. 20, 1977 - Women embrace in tears at the passage of the minority women's substitute resolution. An emotional high just to be there. Pray for Ann Saunier to chair the debate on the reproductive freedom resolution. Expect major reaction. Saunier returns and the passage is anti-climatic. More interesting people per square foot than any other place in the nation. Know or know of a great many���What a Network we are weaving! Nov. 21, 1977 - How anti-climatic after you've climbed Mt. Everest—you have to come down. What's changed? I only know that I have changed—I've heard mothers say they're closer to their daughters—Husbands who have watched proceedings call wives to exclaim that the opposition is irrational and tc :ell them the house is clean and that they and the kids are excited by Mom's presence at the Conference—Saw Catholic nuns wearing ERA sweatshirts verbally attacked as anti-Christian "DIKES," and watched them bear it with a smile on their lips if not in their hearts. I'm not a survivor—I thrived!