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Title Houston Breakthrough, Vol. 3, No. 6, July 1978 - August 1978
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Transcript Left to right: Anita Freeman Davidson Wendy Haskell Meyer Ruth Barrett another Breakthrough The Foundation Story by Anita Freeman Davidson and Marilyn Marshall Jones "Breakthrough's sister organization, the Breakthrough Foundation, has an excellent selection of educational projects scheduled," says newly appointed director, Ruth Barrett. The Series for Serious Writers, currently underway, the Seminar for Serious Voters, beginning August 22, the Effective Speech Communication Workshop coming up in September, and a guide to women-owned businesses are among the first projects offered. "Breakthrough Foundation is committed to helping women become active participants in their society—with special emphasis on equipping women with better tools for earning a living," says Barrett who brings to the foundation impressive skills developed throughout her 18 years of business experience. "In high school I edited an award- winning AAAA newspaper and won first place in feature writing in Texas Inter- scholastic League Feature Writing," says Barrett, "but like many women of my generation, I didn't take my talents seriously—because no one else did. No one ever said to me 'you're a terrific writer and you really ought to do something serious with it'—so when I got to college I majored in speech and drama because I thought it would be fun. "Eventually, after producing four babies in five and a half years, I went to work as a copywriter. Later, I was a partner in an art studio and editor of an industrial tabloid. In the late sixties I became assistant to the marketing director for a major bank holding company, and it was then that I really got serious about my career." Since the Galveston News paid the fee for two of their reporters to attend the Series for Serious Writers, Barrett hopes other women will be able to persuade their firms to pay the fee for the speech workshop. "But even if a woman has to pay out of her own pocket, the cost will not be prohibitive and she will know she is getting training of the highest quality." The workshop will be conducted by Marjorie M. Best, Carolyn A. Peeler, and Evelyn J. Cox, principals of Creative Speech Interests, Inc., a consultant firm dedicated to developing and broadening skills in personal and public speech communication. The 1979 Breakthrough Guide to Woman-Owned Businesses, Services, and Organizations is a valuable and far- reaching project now in the works. Its purpose is to provide women with a practical network of communication, information, and referral. According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, women owners earn only 30 cents for every dollar earned by men owners. "The Breakthrough Guide will identify women-owned businesses in our area and will generate referrals for them," says Barrett. "We also expect the guide to be used by government contractors." Juanita Krepps, Secretary of Commerce, has stated that in 1975 "woman- owned businesses, together with those owned by . . . minorities, were receiving less than one per cent of the more than $130 billion spent by federal, state and local governments for procurement of goods and services." Barrett hopes the Guide, together with business skills workshops, will help change these percentages in Houston. Barrett began to get serious about women's rights about that time, too. She worked as a volunteer for the Dallas women's newspaper, Equal Times. "I've been a feminist since I was seven years old—maybe younger," says Barrett, "but there wasn't a word for it then. I can remember hearing one of my mother's friends ask her 'how long did it take you to make that dress?' My mother answered 'Oh, I don't know, but it doesn't matter —my time isn't worth anything anyway.' A bell went off in my head and I thought, that's not right. "In 1970 when Germaine Greer wrote The Female Eunuch and Helen Reddy was singing I Am Woman, and so much awareness was being generated, some of my friends started calling me Libby-for liberated-and I tookit as a compliment." For the past three years Barrett has been a partner in Barrett Associates, a Houston-based firm providing communications consultation and creative services to ad agencies and design studios. "Now I am putting my business skills and my experience in the women's movement to work for the Breakthrough Foundation." Barrett is particularly enthusiastic about the Effective Speech Communication Workshop. "The instructors for this workshop usually conduct the program for large corporations, and they tell me there are never any women in the classes. Men in management level positions are selected for this training—the women are back in the offices answering the phones. Most women simply never have an opportunity to learn how to present their ideas clearly, forcefully, assertively, and in a business-like manner. This workshop is designed to give working women the skills and poise necessary to move up in their jobs. Many firms pay as much as $350 per employee for this training-but the foundation will offer it for only $55." The foundation is a non-profit organization. At this time, income is derived from the fees charged for workshops and seminars. "We're in the process of applying for tax-exempt status," says Barrett, "and are fortunate to have the expertise of CPA Jody Blazek and attorney Harriet Hubacher in preparing our application. Jody is a tax specialist who has helped numerous foundations and non-profit organizations solve difficult tax problems. Harriet has an impressive legal background and is helping us draft corporation bylaws." Once tax exempt status is obtained, the foundation will seek large-scale contributions and grants which will become the primary sources of funding for future women's projects. Staff Paid—Does not apply Unpaid-Donna Adair, Jody Blazek, Janice Blue, Gail Brady, David Crossley, Anita Freeman Davidson, Patsy Dozier, Marilyn Marshall Jones, Barbara Karkabi, Marianne Warfield Kostakis, Virginia Meyers, Lynne Mutchler, Gary Allison Morey, Sharman Petri, Candace Richter, Janice Rubin, Kathleen Williamson Cover photograph by Gary Allison Morey Second-class postage paid at Houston, Texas. Houston Breakthrough is published monthly (except for the bi-monthly issues of July- August and December-January) by the Breakthrough Publishing Company, 1708 Rose wood, Houston, TX 77004; P.O. Box 88072, Houston, TX 77004;Tel. 713/526-6686 Subscriptions are $7 per year, newsstand 75 cents per copy. This publication is on file at the International Women's History Archive in the Special Collections Library, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60201. HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH JULY-AUGUST 1978