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Title Broadside, Vol. 3, No. 5, September 1972
Publisher National Organization for Women, Houston Chapter
Date September 1972
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Transcript Page 6 BROADSIDE September 1972 Hard Working Engineer Becomes Hard Working Feminist One of the members of Houston NOW is an abortionist. However, not the kind you might envision. As an aerospace engineer, Parrish Hirasaki, president of Houston NOW, is currently working on the abort aspects of the space shuttle program. A Duke University graduate in mechanical engineering, Parrish began her career in the space program as an engineer with TRW Systems, an aerospace contractor. Last December Parrish successfully completed her Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering. Because her work for TRW had been in the thermal aspects of engineering, her thesis emphasized this. Unfortunately, two weeks before obtaining her degree, she was transferred into completely non-thermal work. This new assignment included spacecraft altitude work on Apollo 16 and 17. This is a method of determining spacecraft orientation in relation to the moon and the earth. To do this, Parrish works in Mission Control just prior to lunar landing. She describes her duties, "Immediately before landing the astronaut in the command module spots certain craters that I pick out for him on the surface of the moon. By calling out the coordinates of the craters, we can tell the altitude of the spacecraft. This is vital to the success of the mission. The gravity fields on the moon are not known well enough and it is hard to tell from the earth the exact altitude of the spacecraft." Parrish will work in Mission Control once again for the Apollo 18 flight this December. In addition to her work as an engineer, Parrish also serves as women's representative to the EEO Committee at TRW. Parrish describes formation of the committee early this year, "In January we held a meeting of all the women in the company. In addition to my election as women's representative, we elected 14 committee members. Each member represents a specific job category. For example, Geny McConnell, a NOW member, represents technical employees and Poppy Northcutt, NOW Public Relations, represents professional workers. The committee meets monthly as a whole and I meet with the managers of each department once a month. I tell them what we feel they should be doing for women, what the problems are as we see them and what our priorities are. Changes have been made and I feel the committee has proven itself a success. However, everything moves too slow for a feminist." Emotions were mixed when the committee was first formed. Because Poppy and Parrish had been chosen to organize the committee, many women feared it might become too militant. But this has changed. According to Parrish, "Within two months attitudes changed. I feel the women at TRW are behind the committee now. In fact, we recruited a number of NOW members from this group. They asked us questions and were impressed with our answers. The women don't feel feminists are "weirdos" any more." Parrish devotes approximately eight hours each week to EEO matters. In addition to committee meetings and meetings with managers, Parrish also produces a monthly newsletter which is sent to all women and to all managers. "TRW is a very progressive company in women's rights," Parrish states, "they have initiated a great deal of career development for women by opening on-the-job training positions in administrative and technical fields. They are also planning a company day-care center." When asked how she first became interested in NOW, Parrish replied, "There was an article about me in the company paper last August. The interviewer asked how I felt about the women's movement and I stated that as soon as I got through with my master's, I would join the local chapter of NOW because I believed in everything they stood for. Poppy did not know me at the time, but when she read the article she came running down the hall to find the outspoken feminist. "After talking with her a couple of times she said it was a shame I hand't joined sooner because the NOW national convention was going to be held Labor Day weekend. I asked if anyone could go and when I was assured they could, I went. I had only been to one NOW meeting before leaving for the conference. It was the consciousness raising of all consciousness raisings. I shared a room with the former president of Houston NOW and tried to absorb everything possible," Parrish stated. In addition to her work with Houston NOW, Parrish is also a member of the Policy Council of the HCWPC. This deep commitment to feminism does result in a hectic life-style, but Parrish and her husband, John, (also an active NOW member) feel the fight for feminism is well worth the effort. TWPC SPONSORS FUND RAISING COCKTAIL PARTY As part of the celebration of the 52nd anniversary of women's suffrage, the Texas Women's Political Caucus held a fund raising cocktail party, August 26. Representative Frances Farenthold and Congressone Bob Eckhardt attended the party as special sponsors. Members of the TWPC and the HCWPC helped to attend to the various details which helped to make the effort a success. The funds collected will be used in the TWPC campaign for passage of the Equal Legal Rights Amendment to the Texas Constitution. Additional sponsors of the party include: Christi Adair, Roy Barnes, Chet Brooks, Rex Braun, Billie Carr, Leonel Castillo, Barbara Cigainero, Ed Cogburn, Woody Denson, Jean-Claude De Bremaecker, Chris Dixie, George Dixie, Virginia Fredericks, Bob Gammage, Anthony Hall, Jr., Bob Hauge, Diana Hobby, Maria Jiminez, Barbara Jordan, Mickey Leland, David Lopez, David Ortiz, Joe Pentony, Ben Reyes, Alan Salzstein, Modell Scruggs, Senfronia Thompson, Craig Washington, Ron Waters, Ed Watson, Nancy West- erf eld and Bill Williams.