Jean Lipman-Blumen introduced
participant in Lifestyles-A Panel on Women's Choices as a "token somebody" representing a range of professional choices
from homemaker to nun to prostitute.
The lifestyles panel was one of the events
scheduled yesterday at Seneca Falls South.
Ronnie Haggerty, a working home-
maker from Brooklyn, told the audience
that she has been married 21 years and that
after 20 years she was vested. She chose to
be a homemaker, but within limits. "If
your husband has a ring around the collar,
maybe he ought to wash his neck," she
Consuelo Nieto said she was known
for many years as Sister Maria. She decided
that the church treated her "like a child"
unfit to make decisions, and she left that
lifestyle to develop her womanhood and
Joan Goodin said she didn't realize
that she represented a lifestyle until she
was asked to speak on being a single working woman. She distinguished being alone
from loneliness. She fantasizes about "federally funded feminist neighborhoods."
A lesbian mother's role is inherently
contradictory, said Jackie St. Joan, a lawyer who lives in the confusion that society
attaches to lesbian motherhood. She
pointed out that when one chooses to be a
lesbian, the most significant part of the
decision may be having to support oneself.
Jinx Melia explained her "Martha
Movement" for women at home. The
group's concerns are the homemaker's
isolation, her lack of access to information
and representation,and her problems maintaining self-esteem despite financial dependency. Melia advocates programs to provide discretionary capital for women at
the beginning, not only the end, of
"I'm proud that I feed 60 people,"
said Naomi Christenson, a farmer. She
gave an "Ain't I a Woman" speech, using
images of modern farm machinery.
"Sociologist at large" Jesse Bernard
represented the "non-choice of widowhood.." She said, "Single parenting probably doesn't damage the child, but it certainly is hard on the parent." She recommended two to 10 parents per child.
Margo St. James, founder of the
prostitutes' union COYOTE, introduced
herself as a farmer's daughter, showed the
audience her biceps and said she'd, been a
long-distance runner for 18 years. She sat
on stage between the farmer and the
"They called me a whore before I
learned to ask for the money," she said.
"All women are stigmatized through their
sexuality. We need to demystify
In her newsletter Coyote Howls, St.
James speaks against discriminatory enforcement of prostitution laws. Asked
whether her plan might encourage rape,
she replied "I said decriminalize rape,
not legalize. Women should have the choice
to be mothers, lesbians, hookers, whatever." And the lifestyles panelists were
proof of that. Deborah Diamond-Hicks
From the first bang of the gavel by
Ruth Clusen, League of Women Voters
president from Green Bay, Wise, the organizers of the IWY Conference seemed to
be well-versed in parliamentary procedure
Registered parliamentarians have for
several years presided at NOW national
board meetings and the League of Women
Voters has been a long-time advocate of
proper training in parliamentary law.
The league president kept a firm
hand on the convention gavel throughout
the afternoon session and demanded that
the IWY staff clear the convention floor
of media during votes and keep aisles
clear at all times.
There appeared to be little caucusing on the floor. Most delegations said
they had caucused prior to the afternoon session.
That is not to say, however, that
politicking was not going on. Several
delegates' representatives told neighboring delegations not to vote for amendments to the resolutions as presented.
It appeared to be the consensus of the
ERA advocates that the resolutions as
presented constituted their plank and
they wanted to stick with it.
In the opening instructions to the
delegates, Clusen announced speakers
would be given two minutes at a microphone for any given motion and the
chair held rigidly--t& that to the dismay
of the anti-ERA delegates.
The convention floor looked remarkably like the floors of major political party*
conventions with the exception that the1
delegate majority was women.
The aisles appeared to be a game of
red light-green light at times as delegates
wishing to speak had to call for the proper
color placard to be displayed—yellow indicating procedural questions, green representing opposition to a resolution, and
blue cards indicating agreement.
If indeed the rules can determine
the game, by following the established
rules of parliamentary procedure it would
appear that ERA backers and Pro-Plan
delegates are well on their way to finalizing a feminist-based, broad-spectrum
document to send the President and
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