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A symposium on Feminism and the Philosophy of Science is planned for the annual meeting of
the American Association for the Advancement of Science to be held in Houston on January 6.
A major part of feminist scholarship in the social and natural sciences has addressed the biases
implicit in work about women and sex differences. In these symposia feminist scholars/activists
from a range of disciplines will critique several aspects of patriarchal scientific methods and point
toward the creation of a feminist method/analysis for science.
Participants will include theologian Mary Daly, author of Beyond God the Father and most
recently, Gyn/ecofogy: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism. She will speak on Patriarchal Myth
and Scientific Research. Other topics will be Women and Nature, Is Science Objective?, Feminism
and the Psychology of Consciousness, Lesbian Origins, and Scientific Oppression: Experimentation
on Black and Other Third World Women.
The meeting will be held in the Shamrock Hilton Hotel, Marco Polo Room A. For more information, contact Susan Leigh Star (415) 824-1664 or (415) 863-1269 (eves).
Writers: if you are interested in covering this symposium for Breakthrough, please call 526-6686.
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) will convene its national meeting in Houston,
January 4. AWIS is a non-profit organization of women in the physical, biological, social, medical,
nursing, dental and veterinary sciences; teachers of science; engineers; students; and any other
women and men who support the aims of AWIS.
AWIS affirms the intrinsic ability of women to function as professional scientists at a level of
competence equal to that of men. The organization finds it necessary to take a firm stand on matters of discrimination which affect the careers of women, and is dedicated to the enforcement of
the civil rights of women and minority persons granted by law and executive orders.
At the national meeting, AWIS will familiarize people with the services its members might find
useful. These include a National Registry of women scientists and engineers, an employment exchange service, a newsletter, and a public information network providing advice about career development. There will also be an effort to establish contacts among women across professions and
across geographic regions.
There is no registration fee for the meeting, which will begin with a reception at 6:30 pm in the
Castilian Room of thw Shamrock Hilton Hotel. For more information call Patti Collins: 669-8887
or 666-8000, ext 3216.
The Citizens Open Space Taskforce, a group of organizations and individuals working for more
parks, open space and recreational facilities in the greater Houston area is cooperating with the
Houston Parks Board on a Christmas tree planting program for city parks this year. Instead of buying a cut Christmas tree, it is suggested that people buy an evergreen in a container, display it for
the holidays and then donate the tree for planting in a Houston park. Trees should be a variety
which will grow well in the Houston environment. Juniper, Eastern Red Cedar or American Holly
are particularly suitable. Trees should be delivered to 6501 Memorial Dr. between 7:30 am and
3:30 pm. If a sufficient number are received, they will be planted together in a "Christmas Grove."
For further information contact Judy Vinson 228-0037 or Barbara Dillingham 222-5525.
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Father Joseph O'Rourke, President of Catholics For a Free Choice will speak at UH January 20, on
777e Ethics and Morality of the Religious View of Abortion. Others on the program will be Rev.
William Oliver, Texas Abortion Rights Action League; Patricia Beyea from the ACLU Campaign for
Choice and Joan Glantz, ACLU National Board member. The program is in the Science & Research
Bldg, room 116, 9 am. A $3 donation includes lunch. Call 524-5925 or 749-1 726.
A New Year's Day Spaghetti Dinner is planned by Montrose NOW to raise funds for the salary of
the Texas-NOW lobbyist next session. All the pasta and salad you can eat for only $2.50 (drinks
extra but cheap). Dinner starts around six but come anytime after noon to socialize. TV on
premises for football fans. Party is at Kay Whyburn's, 2234 Goldsmith.
A special support group for people having difficulty dealing with increased emotional stress
during the upcoming holidays is being offered at The Marriage & Divorce Center of Houston,
3400 Montrose, Suite 722. Phone 529-7668.
In cooperation with several other agencies, the Center has set aside 14 hours during the holiday
period when volunteers will help individuals explore their feelings in a group setting. This service
is being offered strictly as a time-limited group support function, and is not to be construed as
a long-term therapy group. Memberships in any of the groups is entirely voluntary, and is set up
on a drop-in basis. There are no committments or contracts to be entered into. The fee for participation in any of the groups is $10 per two-hour session. Half of the fees collected will be given
to charity, and half will be used to defray the costs of providing the service. The only rule
regarding the use of this service is that participants not be under the influence of alcohol or other
drugs. For more information call 529-7668.
Who Remembers Mama? a one-hour documentary examining the plight of displaced homemakers
will air January 3, 9 pm on Channel 8. It was produced by Cynthia and Allen Mondellof KERA-TV.
This holiday season brings an increase in conjugal violence along with joyous family togetherness
and increased consumption of alcohol. The shelter for abused women opened by the Houston Area
Women's Center is already looking for a larger facility so as few women as possible will be turned
away. Funds are desperately needed. Send your contribution to: Houston Area Women's Center,
911 Niels Esperson Building, Houston 77002.
McCall Pattern Company is offering $2,500 scholarships to women interested in improving their
skills and job marketability. The program, founded two years ago by Mario Thomas, presented 45
awards last year. Eligible women must be 30 or older, financially responsible for dependents and
part way thorugh an undergraduate program or entering vocational training. Apply before January 1
to: McCall Life Pattern Fund, Soroptimist Foundation, 1616 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19103.
Consciousness-raising groups are forming again in the NOW chapters. To increase awareness of how
sex-role stereotyping influences your life, call Evie Whitsett 488-1757, or Peggy Hall 522-4468.
Catalyst is the national non-profit organization that helps women with careers. In a new report
they discuss Flexitime, a new type of work schedule, that permits individual workers to design
their own schedules within limits set by the company. The employer chooses a core period when
all workers must be present. Employees decide when to arrive and leave, but they must work a
given number of hours. Under this system, the report states, "the worker becomes job-oriented
rather than time-oriented." Morale and attendance improve.
A major potential benefit of flexitime is the freedom it can offer to the 50% of American mothers who work. With flexitime, both parents can adjust their schedules to share the responsibilities
of family life.
Catalyst reports that large numbers of European companies use flexitime, but as yet only 8% of
American workers are on the system. The study includes case histories of companies that have
adopted flexitime and a selected list of companies using the system.
The report is now available from Catalyst, 14 E. 60th Street, Box HB, New York, NY 10022.