their right to be there. And when they do,
they start to question the word that for
so many years has defined so many girls.
Those of us who once wore the title "tomboy" with pride are wondering if we may
have to find another name for the Girls
"I don't think there are any 'tomboys' anymore," said an 18-year-old high
school student in Hastings, Nebraska.
"Everyone is an individual. I never could
understand why there was a 'name' for me
and not for my brothers when we played
the same games the same way. The word
will soon be obsolete."
A 10-year-old in Alaska defined a
tomboy as a girl who "is really strong and
acts like a boy and dresses like one, too."
When asked if she met the qualifications
she said no. Then she added, "If a boy
bothers me, I'll just beat him up."
In Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., an eight-
year-old baseball player reluctantly admitted she was a tomboy, but added, "It's
a bad word, like a curse word." When
asked what was bad about it, she struggled
for a moment and then said, "It's got
boy in it."
If the term tomboy is, as it appears,
going the way of high school Latin, then
perhaps it is because the boundaries between male and female turf are becoming
The above was excerpted from "The Girls
of Summer" which appeared in full in
womenSports Magazine (August 1977).
Caryl Rivers is the author of Aphrodite at
Mid-Century, writer-in-residence at the
Washington Star and a frequent contributor to Ms. and the New York Times
Magazine. She received research assistance
from womenSports stringers whose names
appear with the original story.
continued from page 14
than 20 per cent of art faculties are worn-
em of which only 14 per cent have tenure;
while over 50 per cent of professional artists are women, only two per cent of one-
person shows of living artists are by women; in prestige galleries, only 15 per cent
of one-person shows are by women.
By 1974, the WCA's activities were
potentially so explosive that the CAA
asked them to separate from the group and.
form their own body. Today, while there's
overlap on boards and membership, the
WCA and CAA are two separable groups,
and the latter has academic qualifications
not needed for WCA membership.
In the past, the CAA included women's issues symposia in its annual national
meeting while allowing the WCA to conduct three more sessions under the umbrella of the convention. This year, however, the WCA is conducting all women's
issues discussions at the meeting to be
held in New York, Jan. 25-28.
They will include panels on feminist
art history called "Questioning the Litany"; "Matronage: Women's Support for
Women's Art"; and a panel of lawyers discussing court cases involving women art
The group will also conduct seminars
at the annual meeting of the Art Librarians
Society of North America, including one
called "The Art of Craft."
Last spring, the WCA organized its
first national exhibition "Contemporary
Issues: Works on Paper by Women" to
coincide with the CAA meeting in Los
Angeles during the "Four Hundred Years
of Art by Women: 1550-1950" exhibition
at L.A. County Museum. The paper show
is now on view at University of Houston's
A second national exhibition focused
on crafts will open Jan. 25 at the Bronx
Museum to coincide with the CAA meeting. Like the "Works on Paper" show, the
craft show is being selected by a group of
jurors from across the country.
But, the biggest political step the
WCA has taken is spearheading the formation of the Coalition of Women's Art
Groups which will be officially convened
for the first time in January by Joan Mon-
dale. Along with New York's Women in
Art Group and WEB, WCA sees the group
as serving as an effective lobbying voice in
Washington for women artists.
Already, more than 100 women's art
groups have responded to the coalition.
Although individuals are encouraged to
join membership grou?s, an individual
Friends category is available for $10.
Group membership is $20.
In the meantime, the Women's Caucus for Art is expanding. There are chap=
ters in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Florida, Chicago, Kansas City, Akron,
Los Angeles, San Francisco and under way
in Utah, Arizona, San Antonio, Ann Arbor
and E. Lansing.
For membership information, write
Judith Brodsky at 59 Castle Howard Court,
Princeton, N.J. 08540.
Join with us in a national survey of media coverage of the IWY Conference.
Send clippings, pictures, examples of broadcast coverage in your area to: Paula
Kassell, c/o New Directions for Women, Box 27, Dover, NJ. 07801.
(A national project of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press.)
MAGAZINE CONGRATULATES THE WOMEN WHO HAVE COME TO HOUSTON
TO MOVE HISTORY FORWARD
IN THE NOVEMBER ISSUE:
COUNTDOWN TO HOUSTON: MEMO FOR THE FIRST NATIONAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
COMING UP IN DECEMBER.
SPECIAL ISSUE: THE ARTS EXPLOSION WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Ms. Magazine. A good place to find yourself.
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