Individual Credit Files According to the "Washington Kiplinger Letter" (6/4/76),
"an. idea to split credit files for marrieds is losing its steam. Government isn't so sure
now that it wants separate files for each spouse..."
The provision splitting the files from family units (indexed under the husband's name)
is included in the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (Public Law 93-495) passed in 1974.
A portion of the Act went into effect in October, 1975; however, the section regarding
individual credit files will not become effective until October, 1976.
In order to avoid delay or the possible rescission of this provision (credit bureaus
prefer the male-biased status quo), it is necessary to send comments in favor of
splitting the files from family units to the Secretary, Board of Governors, Federal
Reserve Board, Washington, D. C. 20551. Be sure to cite Docket R-Q038 in your letter.
Right to Choose Threatened by Constitutional Amendments After extensive debate, the
Senate narrowly voted (47-40) to table Senator Helmls constitutional amendment to
prohibit abortions. Now it appears that Senator Bartlett is preparing to bring up
another constitutional amendment prohibiting abortion with the exception of saving the
life of the mother when medically necessary. An enormous amount of anti-abortion mail
has been received by many senators - some of whom are committed to having a full debate
of the issue on the senate floor and therefore will vote against any tabling motion.
It is important for members of congress to hear individually from their constituents
on this issue. (At the Beaumont area NOW meeting, we learned that secretaries rate
the mail received by their congressional bosses on a 10-point scale, with a handwritten
letter getting top score, handwritten postcard fewer points but still more than a
typewritten letter. Kinda sad news for the millions of American women who believed,
typing was a female skill that men respected.)"
Discriminatory Insurance Regulations The State of Texas will hold hearings in November
on Insurance Regulations that discriminate by sex or marital status. Testimony is
needed. If you can testify or know someone who can, contact Rep. Sarah Weddington in Austin.
From Equal Rights Monitor
States Charged with
Title IX Violations
Forty-one states are risking >nme $3.4
billion in federal education aid, by violating basic requirements of federal law
barring sex discrimination in education,
according to formal charges filed with
the government recently.
Federal civil rights officials have been
asked by the Project on Equal Education
Rights i PEER) to investigate the infractions under Title IX of the Education
Amendments of 1972.
PEER filed complaints against the 41
state agencies after a survey showed
that all but 10 states have neglected to
take several initial steps to comply with
the 1972 rights law.
Title IX, which guarantees equality of
the sexes in schools and colleges, also
applies to the state agencies responsible
for public education in each state. Failure to obey the law can lead to the loss
of federal funds. A large portion of federal education aid goes to the states for
distribution to local school districts and
These steps, spelled out in a regulation issued last summer, include: checking agency practices to see that they are
consistent with the law, letting agency
employees and others know about their
rights under the law. setting up a formal
process to resolve sex bias charges, and
appointing a staff person to head up an
effort to assure equal treatment for both
"They sound like technicalities1' commented PEER Director Holly Knox, "but
if an agency takes these requirements
seriously, it can tackle Its own sex bias
problems without risking interference
from federal enforcement officials."
"State education agencies work
quietly outside the public spotlight,"
said Knox, "but they have a powerful
impact on public education. When state
officials break the law guaranteeing
equal opportunities for „irls and women,
it affects students and teachers in every
school district in the state."
State agencies' own violations. Knox
maintained, undercut state efforts to
help local school districts meet their obligations under Title IX. "The states
seem to be raying "Do a> 1 say, not do as I
do," she noted.
From Equal Rights Monitor
Die: No ERA
Although numerous proposals to
eliminate sex discriminatory laws were
made in the Nevada legislature last session, State Senator Norman Hilbrecht
(Democrat-Las Vegas) says that over
407r of them were killed in Committee.
Speaking before a group of Parents
Without Partners recently, Hilbrecht
stated that many of the bills bogged
down in extensive debates regarding
community property, probate, tenancy,
and domestic relations laws.
"States can, of course, enact legislation prohibiting discrimination on the
basis of sex," declared Hilbrecht, who
favors adoption of the Equal Rights
Amendment. "But an analysis of what
the Nevada legislature did in the last
session, when for the first time it addressed itself to discrimination on the basis
of sex, would illustrate this is not a satisfactory solution."
"If freedom from sex discrimination is
a right which should be guaranteed
throughout the United States," the
Senator added, "then the only way it can
be effected is through a Constitutional