Border participants who also made signs include Sandy Anderson, Lynn McGregor, and
Based on a sample count we estimate that over 10,000 people in about 7500 cars, trucks
and motorcycles passed, either going to or coming from Louisiana. Most of them smiled
and waved and honked in approval* \ two-hour count showed 6 out of 7, or 85^ favorable
responses from those leaving Texas, Along with the many "thumbs up" responses, we got
some "thumbs down". Phyllis Tucker reported an amusing incident: A man started to give
us the 'fingerf and the woman with him slapped his hand down! Another man felt so negative that he stopped his truck to spit before proceeding.
We were well covered by the press consisting of 4 or 5 TV stations from Beaumont, Port
Arthur, Orange and Lake Charles, at least one local radio station, at least 5 newspaper
reporters and several photographers.
All in all, we came home feeling that we had struck a blow for ERA in our corner of the
country and we know that others were doing the same on other borders. Thanks and thanks
again to all of you who took part. The ERA is going to pass and you'd better believe It!
Submitted by Marie Stimson <& Evie Whitsett
Bay Areas DAILY news
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DAIL Y CITIZEN
Vol. 12, No. 227
SATURDAY, September22, 1979
NO W takes aim at Louisiana
in fight for women's rights
CI .EAR LAKE CITY-Between 60 and
80 men, women, and children will be
picketing today along M0 facing the
Louisiana border. You might well ask,
what's it al about?
According to Jeannes Saletan, with
Bay Area National Organization For
Women (NOW), these people are marching for equal rights for women. The
Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) lacks
but three states for ratification and proponents have until 1982 to secure those
The pickets will be carrying signs
stitched on bed sheets and pillow cases
and when they come home, they will
remove the letters and put their linen
back in service.
"That's because we are so poor,"
A NOW organized economic boycott
of MM of Ihonr unratified nImIpn, I .<»ui
siana, has been in effecrfor two years,
and this action along the Texas-
Louisiana border is designed to
publicize that boycott.
ERA isn't the only concern of
women's groups these days. Twiss
Butler, also with Bay Area NOW said
her group is paying close attention to
the enforcement of Title Nine of the
Education Amendment to the Higher
Education Act of 1972.
Most people are familiar with Title
Nine as it applies to equal funding for
athletic activities in the schools, she
believes. But said Butler, it applies to
all aspects of education and covers admission requirements, scholarships,
equal facilities, access to courses, and
employment of school personnel as
The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) is responsible
for enforcing Title Nine. And while, "a
lot of school districts have made some
cluiiiti" " Br-cuntliw to Ifiitltir. "MOW
is under a lot of fire for failure to enforce Title Nine in the area of employment."
It's a slow process enforcing the 1972
amendment, according to Butler.
Though 67 per cent of teachers are
female, she said, only 15 per cent of administrators are women. "The situation is very stacked against female
students and teachers," she said.
"Though there's a good law on the
books, it's going to take a long time to
correct the situation."
Butler reported that HEW is responsible for bringing suit against school
systems or institutions failing to comply with Title Nine, but has been slow in
carrying out that responsibility. She
believes that public pressure, in part,
will change HE W's attitude.
Another major area of concentration
for women activists is in the field of
credit. Rhema Lou Brown, former
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manager of the Houston Area Feminist
Federal Credit Union, explained,
"women need to know why they need
credit, where to get credit, and how to
have it reported accurately to credity
She said that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which went into effect in October, 1975, was necessary to end the
tradition of discrimination against
women trying to get credit in their own
names. "As long as the woman was
married and her husband was alive, it
was no problem," Brown said, "but if
her husband died or she was divorced,
even if she had her own business before
the marriage, she found she couldn't
get credit in her own name."
Brown is part of a speakers bureau
organized by NOW to make women
more aware of what their legal rights
are when it comes to credit. "We live in
a credit consumer society," she said,
"and if a woman is denied credit she is
losing access to a wide section of society
"A woman needs to know her own
rights, not just for her own sake, but so
that creditors know and credit bureaus
record it correctly. What we have done
is to let women know tliat the way
things have always been is not the way
they should he and we've made women
more aware of their rights."
That seems to be the thrust of women
activits' efforts these days. And just
east of. Orange, they Ye parading their
signs in an attempt to publicize further
the fight for equal rights