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Sunday, Nov. 20,1977
In Celebration of Women
staff this issue
Denise Armstrong, Janice Blue, Gabrielle Cosgriff
Marlee DeSalvo, Linda Dossey, Ailene English, Dixie
Lee Hawkins, Nancy Landau, Jeanne Saletan,
Tammy Simon, Johanna Smith, Mary Jane White
Evelyn Bedand, Barbara Brown, Peggy Chausse,
Nancy Parker, Katherine Phifer, Lena Shipman,
Shannon Warren, Carol Weelborg
Maxine Atlas, Ouida Dean, Paula Herrera, Yolanda
Ramos, Ruth Roberts, Dave Roderick, Alice
Sant'Andrea, Sara Spahr Mickey Victor
Ruth Barrett, Janet Beals, Janice Blue, Gabrielle
Cosgriff, Ouida Dean, Christy Drennan, Lore
Feldman, Cheryl Knott, Barbara Lejeune, Janet
Sanders, Alice Sant'Andrea, Red Zenger Susanna
Ouida Dean, Brad Morris, Marilyn Jones, Wm Lelor,
Janice Rubin, Danette Wilson, Jim Youngmeyer
Maxine Atlas, Paula Herrera, Gary Allison Morey,
Mary Ellen Parker, Ruth Roberts, Dave Roderick,
Alice Sant'Andrea, Sara Spahr and many others who
lent willing arms
Janet Beals, Cheryl Knott
Charley Kubricht, Mark Stinson, Charlotte Taft,
Moira Jon Young
Maxine Atlas, Janet Beals, Frances Belikoff, Janice
Blue, Ouida Dean, Judy Hopkinson, Vikki
Lightman, Jane Ohrt, Ruth Roberts, Dave Roderick
Michelle Campbell, Debbie DuBose, Janis Fowles,
Julie Gianelloni, Teresina Guerra, Marsha Goff
Marilyn Jones, Sue Kaufman, Charley Kubricht,
Nancy Landau, Marilyn Mock, Beth Parker, Suzanne
Paul, Janice Rubin, Debbie Sharpe, Betsy Siegal,
F. Carter Smith, Totsie Stewart
Ruth Barrett, Gabrielle Cosgriff, Cheryl Knott
Janet Beals, Ann Biffle, Janice Blue, Barbara
Lejeune, Vikki Lightman, Connie Robertson-Cota,
Janice Rubin, F. Carter Smith, Lynn Werner
Carol Bartholdi, Frances Belikoff, Jannette Brown,
Mary-Violet Burns, Kathy
Fiorello, Deborah Diamond-Hicks, Sue Kaufman,
Charlotte Moser, Pat Reed, Janet Sanders, Marta
Torres, Betsey West, Janis Wilson-Williams
Brook, Kathy Graff, Patsy Lee, Lois Lippman, Ruth
Roberts, Dave Roderick, Lena Shipman, Linda
Smith, Jerry Tipps, Micky Victor, Hildegard Warner
Maxine Atlas, Ann Biffle, Joyce Campbell, Marshal
Lightman, Gary Allison Morey, Dave Roderick,
Janice Blue, Gabrielle Cosgriff
Deborah Diamond-Hicks, Marilyn Jones, Nancy Landau
i-Let us reason together-
Editor's note: Delivering stirring convention speeches has become the trademark of U.S.
Rep. Barbara Jordan, Democrat of Houston. Many people remember her moving address
to the 1976 Democratic national convention. Her speech to the IWY Conference was
equally memorable. Here are excerpts:
The success or failure of this conference is our responsibility and we should not
waste one moment trying to find scapegoats.
If this conference succeeds, there will be ample accolades for everybody, and if it
fails, all of you may look into your mirror and identify a contributing culprit.
None of the goals stated in this conference are incompatible with the goals of
As a matter of fact, the goals of this conference sound like stanzas to America the
Beautiful. You have several of the goals written in your programs-recognize the contribution of women to the development of our country, assess the progress which has been
made to date by both the public and the private sectors in promoting equality between
men and women in all aspects of life in America. As such, the role of women in religious,
social, cultural and economic life—the goals are there. They are non-controversial.
But, I would remind you that when those goals were written into the authorizing
legislation for this conference, there were worlds of controversy A two-thirds majority vote
in the House of Representatives was not possible, and so the legislation was approved by
a simple majority.
Those goals of this conference are as logical and reasonable to me as the goals President Carter talks about of human rights in America's foreign policy.
If Americans were asked to differentiate or distinguish between what characterizes
other countries and what characterizes us, we would say our high regard for the individual. That's the thing which makes us different.
We endorse personal and political freedom as a national right of human pride. Human rights are more than abstractions, particularly when they are limited or non-existent.
Human rights apply equally to Soviet dissidents, Chilean peasants and American women.
Women are human. We know our rights are limited. We know our rights are violated. We need a domestic human rights program.
This conference could be the beginning of such an effort, and an effort would be
enhanced and we would not allow ourselves to be brainwashed by people who predict
chaos for us and failure for us.
Tell them they lie and move on.
-the goals cf this conterence sound like
stanzas to America the Beautiful "
It is implicit to you and me, implicit in that it is the recognition of a diverse opinion represented here.
We must not impose on others what we would not have imposed on ourselves.
This conference is inclusive; everybody is here and everyone must be free to define
the meaning of 'total woman' for herself.
The differences among us at this conference cannot and should not be ignored.
They are rational; the difference is economic, cultural, social, political, ideological—the
differences are there.
The delegates to this conference are certainly not of a single mind. We should not
be of a single mind.
"Wonder Woman" is not a delegate. The "Bionic Woman" is not here either.
American representatives are here to try to work through the problems of this
Of course we will debate, of course we will differ. We will plead and placate.
Well, I have no doubt that legislation which emanates from this conference . . .
will have a better chance of passage if support for that recommendation is widespread.
We can't expect it all to be our way.
At a time when this country is drifting, if it is not shifting, to the right, civil rights
and affirmative action efforts are lagging.
An intra-women's movement has no place. It must be displaced by interdependence
and mutual respect.
This is the time for footsoldiers, not Kamikaze pilots.
One hundred days after we finish here, a report is to be submitted to each house ot
What will you have in it?
A hundred and twenty days after that President Carter is to submit recommendations to each house of the Congress based on the report which emanates from this body.
What will he recommend?
Eight months from the time we leave here, something is supposed to happen.
Recommendations will be submitted.
Well, I have no doubt that legislation which emanates from this conference as to
the sources, however embryotically, will have a better chance of passage if support for
that recommendation is widespread.
Not making a difference is a cost we cannot afford.
Of course, the cause of equal and human rights will reap what is sown November
18 through November 21, 1977.
What will you reap?
What will you sow?
COVER PHOTO BY TOTSIE STEWART
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