JENNIE BATLEY - Princeton, NJ, NYC. After the events of 1970, Simone de Beauvoir's "The Sex" become even more meaningful. Upon finishing my Ph.D. at Columbia University in the Department of French and Romance Philology, In 1977 I taught French language and literature at Princeton U., a fierce bastion of male chauvinism. During my first year of tenure my colleagues labeled me a 'feminist', a derogatory term. But some students were interested in the new currents of ideas, and for them I compiled a reading list of French women authors, tracing the roots of feminism to a medieval French poetess. Thanks to what happened in 1970, 1 felt support in my search for the feminine voice and gained enough confidence to oppose some males of the Old Boy Network. Condescendence and arrogance was only a cover up for their insecurity. Their common goal then was to control women, neutralize our power and cancel our eagerness to be a vibrant part of the intellectual community. But thanks to the sisters who opened a breach in the stoned wall of male dominion, who courageously lead us, I found the courage to become, in 1977, the isolated bearer of a feminist torch in the underworld of Princeton University megalomanic all-maleness.
ANNE HAZLEWOOD BRADY moved to the city from New Jersey around 1969. A poet and writer starting a new life after raising four sons, she became active at the Women's Center in Manhattan. A freelance feminist, she was the first one to answer the call. At the first meeting (somewhere in Soho), Anne plunked down the vital $1,000 for an office. The exuberance of the march is captured in her beautiful poem on our cover, We took to the streets like a river. She's published books of poetry on her own and with Marjorie DeFazio. In the early 1970s, Anne moved to Maine, where she continues writing when not climbing Machu Picchu or canoeing through the Grand Canyon.
DOROTHY CROUCH - was an active member of NOW NY from 1969 to 1974, serving on the Membership Task Force, as chair of the board, in 1972 as president and later as a member of the Advisory Council. Today she is DC Comic's vp of licensed publishing and associate publisher of MAD Magazine. She is also the founder and president of Crouch International, which provides publishing-related services to clients on three continents. Previously, Dorothy had been vp, general manager and vp? International for Warner Books and vp, International for Warner Publisher Services. Dorothy is also active on the American Arbitration Association's commercial panel of arbitrators, and is the author of the book "Entertaining Without Alcohol."
Living on the Upper West Side with her husband and three sons, Marjorie heard the call. Aware of the writer's need for "A Room of One's Own," she split her huge apartment in two--her husband and sons on one end, she on the other-and switched priorities; housekeeping time was now writing time.
She helped out at the Women's Center and was one
of the Strike's principal organizers. A poet, playwright and director, Marjorie compiled and edited with Anne Raising
Our Voices, Women Through the Ages, poetry about women by women. Later, with Patricia Horan she wrote, directed
and acted in What Time of Night It Is, the story of the 19th century feminist movement performed for NOWs national
conference in 1972. In 1975, again with Patricia, she wrote and directed the story of women's progress in the US
as seen through their underwear; it was presented at the Hotel Pierre with Colleen Dewhurst as narrator to an audience
of distinguished feminists and the press. Today she lives on a farm in upstate New York.
ELEANOR FOA DIENSTAG -New York City. The march was the first major step in my becoming an outspoken activist. I had recently moved - reluctantly - from New York City to Rochester. Back in New York for a visit, pushing my baby in a stroller, I came upon 'The March', and absolutely had to be a part of it, so I handed the baby and stroller over to my mother, told her I'd see her later, gota 'WomenUnite' shoppingbag (now framed and on my wall)and marched. l had already contributed to 'Ms.' magazine, but the event galvanized me to further action. Back in Rochester I joined NOW and wrote, Whither Thou Goest: The Story of an Uprooted Wife. The book made me 'notorious' in upstate New York. My children and I even got hate phonecalls. So I would say that the march was the first major step in my becoming an outspoken activitist. The feminist movement, and my participation transformed my life as a wife, mother, sister, writer and person, in every way. I think of the 1970s as a golden age for women of my generation - a fabulous time to be a woman. It was not only personally empowering but it began to change the workplace, so that after leaving my marriage I could earn a living and support my children (two boys), who have turned out to be wonderfully feminist husbands and fathers.
I joined the NYCity chcipter of NOW (where it all began) in response to the '71 'lesbian purge.' I was an active reporter on the early feminist newspaper Majority Report; was editor of the NOW-NY Chapter Newsletter from 1972to 1975 and was Chairperson of the NOW-NY Chapter Board in 1974. 1 was an active NOW-NY member from 1971 until 1980. Since 1981 1 have been, and still am, a NOW-East End Chapter member. 515 E 85 St 10G - NYNY 10028
CONSTANCE COMER -NYC
Constance Comer was a 'housewife and mother' Manhattan
style when she heard about the women's movement and decided the "problem that had no name' was her problem,
She joined NYNOW and changed her life. She was soon lobbying in Washington for the ERA, and sitting on the steps of the Capitol in an "all night vigil' holding ERA signs.
In 1970 she was the .priestess' who led the dedication of the park where statues of Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth would hopefully be erected. Her photo reading the dedication is on this event's invitation. Connie is a teacher and a partner in Business Training Seminars. 70 West 95 St NYC 10025
(Constance Comer (left) with Tina Santi and Jacqui Ceballos at a politcal convention in Seneca Falls)
The movement crystalized so much that I'd thought
all my life, and the march was my opportunityto do somrthing about it. It was the most thrilling thing in the world.
I joined New York-NOW and began working on a license challenge to WABC-TV, a long project that focused on sexism
in the media and forced the station to sit down and deal with us and make changes. Thirty years later I wrote a
biography of Betty Friedan, 'Betty Friedan: Her Life' published lost year by Random House. Recalling those wild,
wonderful days, I'm so very proud of the history we made.
3 East 85 St NYNY 10028
TIFFANY HOLMES - NYC
Joining NOW just a few months before the strike, I was soon caught up in the fever-pitch excitement of its preparations. As part of that, I jined those who were producing the parody of the Times: The Now York Times.
Some of us even went out at night to sneak copies of it into newsstands' copies of the real thing, giving unsuspecting buyers a bonus with their morning coffee. We also distributed copies on THE day, August 26, 1970. In fact, we had so much fun with this that we produced the paper for two more years! My other main contribution to feminism; writing the book WOMAN'S ASTROLOGY-. Your Astrological Guide to a Future Worth Having, debunking the sexist programming that SO many horoscope articles - and individual readings! - provided. I am an editor by profession and write mystery stories. 100 Beeker St 7G NYNY 10038
JUDITH KAPLAN - NYC, Boca Raton, FL
Joined NYC NOW in 1970 and served as treasurer and fundraiser. She organized a Monte Carlo night, was active on the Image Committee, lobbied, demonstrated, created and sold a women's history collectible series, "the Women's History Series of First Day Covers by NOW-NY." She salvaged historic material from the 'Second Wave" including New York NOW newsletters, announcements and magazines.
It is all cataloged and listed and available to students and teachers. Since the mid 1960's she's promoted women's history as the cornerstone to the advancement of our sex. She's published articles on women in history, and women on stamps in the philatelic and non-philatelic press. She wrote 'Women Suffrage on First Day Covers" depicting how stamps told the story of the Suffrage Movement, collected autographed letters, documents, books, memorabilia about women's history, especially of the early feminist movement and donated the collection to the Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Florida. Called the Kaplan Women's History Collection, it is on permanent display and is in a traveling exhibit yearly. Judith has had her my own business since 1974. In 1980 she, her husband (also a collector) and two children moved to Florida, where she offered her business facilities for the Palm Beach NOW chapter. Her phone was the Rape Crisis and the Support ERA hot line. In '85 she represented the state as the Small Business Person For Florida. Today she is a Trustee of the Feminist Scholarship Foundation in Boca Raton, an advisor to the Kaplan Women's History Collection and to the National Museum of Women's History, which is establishing a comprehensive Women's History Museum in Washington, DC. 428 Plaza Real S 514, Boca Raton, FL 33432
ANN JULIANO JAWIN
|My first real "action" was being part of the l970 march in NYC. I felt exhiliarated by being part of the women demonstrating for their rights. I was also sobered by seeing the anger and hostile looks and words some on the sidelines threw at us. I joined the Task Force on Education and Employment and the rest is "herstory!"|
I stayed with the Task Force for almost ten years.
During that time, edited the last two of the NYC Reports on Sex Bias in the N.Y.Public Schools Series l973 to l979.
Report and testimony led to the Bd of Education adopting policy for equal opportunity and appointing a Title IX
Coordinator for each school. Filed Class Action law suit against Bd. of Ed. discrimination against women supervisors
resulting in court monitoring appointment practices. Designed and taught first Inservice Course in Women's Rights
required for new teachers.
Published one of the first full resource books for women, A WOMAN'S GUIDE TO CAREER PREPARATION, Scholarships, Grants and Loans, Anchor Press, 1979.
Ran for public office of N.Y.S. Assembly and N.Y.S. Senate. Held Democratic Party office of District Leader and State Committeewoman.
Founded Queens Women's Center, a full resource center for women in l987. Established lst office in office space donated in Queens Borough Hall and in l998, granted occupancy in landmark building in decommissioned Army Base at Ft. Totten, Bayside, Queens to become the first women's full service women's center in New York City.
Recognized by NOW, NYC, Susan B. Anthony Award. Nominated to Hunter College Hall of Fame. Received the Ralph Bunche Award for Human Rights, Queens Chapter of the U.N. Assn, Queens Chapter. Mayor's Volunteer Service Award. Most of these awards were given in recognition of the work I was doing for women.
Contact Ann at: 718-224-4190, fax 718-225-1571
E- mail: Qwomensctr@aol.com
I came into the women's movement in 1971 when I finished my Ph.D. Women's rights and gender equality were the most important questions of my time, as far as I was concerned. I'd been a "latent feminist' since I was 14 years old (way before the movement was in the public view).
I began to develop and teach women's studies courses in sociology and then in the new women's studies program at Brooklyn College in New York City. I was the first Coordinator of the CUNY Graduate School Women's Studies Certificate Program (1988-1991).
(Does anyone know who the woman above is? Get in touch with VFA.)
When Sociologists for Women in Society was organized in 1972, 1 was one of its first members. I was president in 1981-82 and Founding Editor in 1987 of its new official journal, Gender & Society. All of my professional work has been in feminism - my books - Paradoxes of Gender (Yale 1994) and Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Politics (Roxbury, 1998), my research on women and medicine, published as Gender and the Social Construction of Illness (Sage 1997) and Women Physicians: Careers, Status, and Power (Tovistock 1984), and my teaching in the US and in other countries. In 1996, 1 received the American Sociological Association Jessie Bernard Career Award for my contributions to feminist scholarship. I am just as proud to have raised a son (now 32 years old) to be a feminist who is going to marry a feminist next June.
Phone and fax: 212-689-2155 Email: Judith Lorber: firstname.lastname@example.org
BARBARA MARTIN - Greenwich, CT
A librarian, Barbara joined NOW in 1970, and was president of Greenwich NOW in '71 and Asst State Coordinator in '75. She worked to repeal sexist legislation and on passing the ERA in CT she wrote a book list on women's history which was distributed nationwide; lectured and did general consciousness-raising, especially among suburban women, for many years. She was active in community affairs . Today she is still works part time at the Greenwich library. She recently reunited with the son she gave up for adoption 36 years ago and says that is the most satisfying and important thing in her life. Her son, his wife and their son are moving to Greenwich to be near her. 54 Putman Park Greenwich, CT 06830
ELAINE MERKLIN, NYC
lt was the beginning of the'70s. Vacationing in Provincetown I was on my way to the beach, when I saw a woman thumbing a ride in my direction. That day, I picked up my one and only hitch-hiker - Mary Vasiliodes - and this singular action changed my life forever. Mary introduced me to NOW NEW YORK and all the wonderful women she knew; eventually, this led to knowing Dolores Alexander's mother - Sally DeCario - a dear and warm woman who helped me during a difficult time.
Mary also gave a name and voice to thoughts and
feelings I had had all my life. Marching, picketing, attending (Can you believe it!) proud Lesbian-feminist meetings,
devouring womens' histories, and photographing events became a way of life, sweetened by occasional dinners at
Mother Courage. It is nearly 30 years later, and my beliefs and values have only strenghtened with time. I now
live quietly on Cape Cod - knowing that I am one woman among many women from countless generations of women - all
of worth cind with a story to tell. Blessed be Mary V. and blessed be you all, Elaine Margaret (after my dear grandmother)
Merklin. 61 Newport Rd. Brewster, MA 02631
JOAN MICHEL - NYC
Guess you could say I was sort-of like the wife.... did my thing behind the scenes, never in the spotlight, never to the roar of the crowd. I helped the beautiful (too-soon gone) Pat McQuillan organize the first-ever Marriage and Divorce conference, which in effect legitimized the movement for a lot of women-they called them housewives then-who were unsophisticated about feminism. I remember that rainy night well .... it was early enough to make the evening news, and excited women come running in off the streets. My activist journey started in 1971, when I rode the bus from Riverdale-I even had to borrow the $1 fare from Irma Diamond (Newmark) -to the NOW office. Jacqui was president and swamped with paperwork (someone had to stuff the envelopes) and inquires ('What is it you women want?') From then on I did the desk (licked the stamps & answered the phones) and helped with the Women's Forum, the Politcal Caucus and wrote press releases out of Jacqui's apartment. Kept at it slow and steady since then, doing what I could when I could to burn the sexism out of language (does everyone know that Hero was a woman?). I was one of the founders in 1992 of the VFA and have been VP of PR ever since. These days I help Jacqui with some big do's. I'm a writer and editor (for Hadossch magazine) and a food writer and editor (freelance) for several publications and cookbook writers. I have three sons and twelve grandchildren so for. Not bad for a late bloomer! Joan Michel, 180 West End Ave 12-S NYNY 10023
IRMA DIAMOND NEWMARK -NYC, Pompano Beach, FL
I was a suburban housewife when I first heard Jacqui speak and was immediately galvanized to enter NYC NOW where I was active on the Image and the Employment committees. I participated in the 'Fly Me' campaign and delivered ' Barefoot and Pregnant' awards to advertizers on August 26 in New York City. It was exciting, as we were trying to change womens inferior image in the media. During this time drvorced, worked on my Ph.D (in Sociology) and formed the first Bronx NOW chapter.
I then at several colleges, including Iona in New Rochelle and the NYC, Bronx branch of Continuing Education. My daughter and son were always very supportive, even proud of my work. In '75 I married, and moved with my husband and his three children to Israel, where we lived for several years. There I continued my work in Sociology and, with my dentist husband, formed Dentists of the World. We spent several years in Japan as consultants to Japanese businesses. We returned to NYC in '91 where I become active with with the Status of Women Committee at the United Notions and was a co-founder of the VFA. Today I live in South Florida and am in touch with the NOW chapters in that area.
GRACIA MOLINA PICK - San Diego, CA
Gracia began her activism as a teenager in her native Mexico in the fight for the vote for Mexican women. She earned her B.A. from the Feminist University of Mexico City, School of Diplomatic Low, married Richard Pick and moved to San Diego. While caring for her three children, she got her M.A. from Son Diego State U, and began her doctoral studies in comparitive literature and Education Administration. She was on the faculty at UCSD, UCR, UCSS and Mesa College.
She's worked with Cesar Chavez's Grape Pickers union On August 26, 1970 Gracia and the Organizacion Feminil and the Chicano activists were preparing to march in the Chicano Moratorium, the largest non-violent latino protest against the Vietnam. (Latina losses were near the total American casualties in WWII). In the early 1970's she formed the first Latina Women's Liberation group and invited Gloria Steinem to help celebrate. In 1975 she represented her group at the United Nations Conference on Women in Mexico. Gracia has worked tirelessly on behalf of Democratic candidates, and helped with the first successful effort to begin the grossroots integration of minorities into the State Democratic Party For years she has helped register new citizens at the Naturcilization Ceremony in Son Diego, and in 1996, along with her colleagues, registered 14,500 new voters. All the while, she volunteers at hospitals and serves the homeless on Sundays .
Invited to take part in our celebration of Gloria
Steinem in 1994, Gracia first learned of VFA, and has been one of our chief volunteers since then. She is now our
West Coast Vice President.
1016 New Kirk Dr. La Jolla, CA 92037
LEE BLEDA OLIVER - NYC
I walked into Central Park on August 26, 1970 and found that the marchers had nearly reached the West Side. The "Feminist Mystique' showed me how normal I really was! In the '60's I worked in the Civil Rights Movement, but the Civil Rights Movement never worked for me, or for other women who had a right to expect a better way of life. I joined NOW and was a member of the board in 1971.
Nancy Gordon and I were joint chairs of the Political
Affairs Committee and produced a booklet called 'Women and the City: How to Use the Machinery.' In '71-- I was
one of the founding members of the Women's Advocacy Committee and with help from women who worked for the City
of New York we formed a resume bank. We issued a report called "A Study on The Women in New York City Government:
Clerical Workers.' It showed that women received lower pay, needed more education, received less promotions and
got fewer options than men in similar job categories. In the years following, I picketed, made lobbying trips to
Washington for the ERA and tried to make life uncomfortable for politicians and firms who discriminated against
women. Pat Korbet, MaryVasiliades and I formed 'Women's lnterprises,' a mail-order catolog of women's products.
Recently at the Church of the Holy Trinity I addressed a group and distributed a report called 'Women: Issues of
Yesterday, Today and the Future.'
305 E 88 St 2-B NYC 10128
In 1970 Florence become involved with New York Radical
Feminists. She wrote and published 'Best Kept Secret: Sexual Abuse of Children.' She helped organize OWL (Older
Women's Liberation) was a media representative in NYNOW and Women Against Pornography.' She lectures on women's
issues, Freudian influences, rape, etc..and is now an AIDS activist related to women and children.
51 Jane St NYNY, 10014
LAURA SCHARF - NYC
Laura joined NOW around 1970 and worked with Midge Kovacs and the Image Committee on the Public Service campaign. (Among other things, the committee did television monitoring of every station for two weeks, and filed a petition to deny the license renewal of WABC-TV). A board member, she headed the Sexuality Committee and, with Dell Williams, organized two sexuality conferences. She remembers never ending meetings, high visibility for all NOW actions and those famous sexuality conferences, the first ever held. She later moved to Cortland Manor, NY with her husband and children and refocused her priorities into the non-profit sector, starting her own business public relations, fund-raising, organizing and writing.
279 Sprout Brook Rd Cortdiant Manor, NY 10566
DOROTHY SENERCHIA -NYC
The co-founder of Veteran Feminists of America, Dorothy was active from 1969 to 1974. A member of NewYorkNOW, she was a supporter of the New Feminist Theater led by Anselma Dell'Olio, a frequent marcher for abortion rights and other issues (when she could get away from her position on Urban Planning for the City of New York), on the Strike Coalition in New York and counselor for Big Sisters program.
She remembers meetings in church basements, the
1970 march down Fifth Avenue and Mother Courage, a feminist hang-out in the Village (run by Dolores Alexander and
Jill Word) . In 1980 she made a film, "The Funeral. " After an illness doctors couldn't diagnose, she
wrote 'Silent Menace' a book on signs and treatment of chronic candidiasis. Starting life as a violinist, today
she studies piano and supports theater groups. She is on the board of VFA and is Dining Room Coordinator for VFA
1161 York Ave NYNY 1 0021
ELAYNE SNYDER -NYC
Elayne stepped into the street and into women's history on August 26, 1970 during the Great March . She joined NOW immediately. Believing everyone should join and work for equality, she began as Membership Coordinator for the New York chapter and the roll went up to 1500. President of the chapter in '74, she promoted women in business along with NOW issues, and created the NOW Christmas Fairs, where women entrepreneurs sold their wares and advertised their businesses. She ran the Women's Chair Memorial, a chapter fund raiser, where people honored women in history by buying a chair with names of their hero (or their names) stenciled on the chair.
The over 100 sold are still in use today. She started
a Public Speaking class to help the women to better communicate the issues and found her career path. She then
taught "Effective Communication Skills for Women " at the Woman School, one of the first continuing education
colleges addressing women's new needs. Today she teaches at New York University and at the American Management
Association and conducts a speech consulting business. She has authored two books on public speaking, Speak for Yourself With Confidence, the first of its kind to use the word SHE Elayne Snyder
exclusively, and Persuasive Business
Speaking. This last, and her Random
House Audio Tape, The Persuasive Speaker, are still available. She is a founder of the Veteran Feminists of America.
300 East 49 St NY, NY 10017
ALETA STYERS - Chicago (now in NYC)
VFA!s head of our newly formed Financial Committee is the founder and first president of the Chicago NOW chapter. She led the chapter in efforts to desexigrate the Chicago Tribune and local restaurants, to repeal discriminatory employment laws and to gain access for women to trade schools. She raised funds for efforts to support the Martin Marietta case and to prevent Senate ratification of Judge Carswell's appointment to the Supreme Court.
The first woman in the management program of Paine Webber holds a B.A. from New York U and graduate degrees from Yale and Northwestern.
She's been a Foreign Service Officer of the Dept.
of State, an International Economist for the Harris Bank, and a Corporate Manager of Economic Planning at Babcock
& Wilcox. While at B & W she was named one of the ten leading American women in manufacturing. Today she
lives and runs her own business in New York City. One of the early women members of the Yale Club of New York,
she's held several official positions with the Club. The second woman to serve a full term on the Council, the
governing body, she's also served on the Planning and the Finance Committees.
301 East 47 NY, NY 10017
VIRGINIA SMITH WATKINS - Des Moines, IO & Minneapolis, MN
Virginia Smith Watkins at ERA Rally in Chicago sporting a "Yes Virginia, there is an ERA" button
Prior to 1970 1 had read the Feminine Mystique and knew it spoke to me. I lived in Des Moines at the time and joined NOW as a national member. I was inspired by NOW Acts and all the news of what was going on. I decided that I must get active, so I convened the Des Moines NOW Chapter. I moved to Minneapolis where I immediately plunged into feminist activities which eventually culminated into 6 years of service on the NOW National Board. While I worked on many issues within NOW, I also worked for feminism via my career in social services. I am specifically gratified that in the latter context I was responsible for passage of the first Child Care Sliding Fee legislation in Minnesota, 5841 Whited Av., Minnetonka MN 55345 Phone 952-934-2525 Email: VirginiaWatkins@MSN.com
GRACE WELCH - lslandia, NY
On the day I saw that banner headline about the Women's Strike March down Fifth Avenue in the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS I called the New York NOW office, was put in touch with Nassau NOW and joined on the spot and immediately became active. I handled public relations for the chapter, attended board meetings, and helped form the first Long Island Feminist Coalition press conference at Hofstra University with an action against the Colonie Hill Hotel in Hauppauge and the American Red Cross for sex discrimination. In 1973 nine women and one man, (my husband, Frank) convened the South Shore NOW chapter. I served as Chapter President for two terms, 1974 to 1976. We held the first Human Sexuality Conference on Long Island at Dowling College in 1974, the first Assertiveness Training Classes in Oakdale, L.I., the first co-ed Consciousness Raising Groups, the first Masculine Mystique consciousness-raising - meeting with editors of NEWSDAY, the first 'Women's Image in Advertising' at the Long Island Advertising Club. We challenged (successfully) Little League discriminating against girls joining. In 1 973 1 ran for Central Islip School Board on a Title IX platform. My research revealed that the sports budget for male students was $43,000, and the girls' $300! My years as a feminist activist have been the most rewarding experiences of my life, and continues to sustain and energize me. I've been secretary and treasurer of VFA for three years and am working in Hillary's campaign.
Note: Grace is also a yoga teacher. 67 Scotch Pine
Rd Islandia, NY II 722
FRANK WELCH - Islandia, NY Frank Prince Welch, husband of Grace, was Treasurer of the Long Island chapter of NOW in 1975. He was always there to schlep, deliver, paste, post, drive, you name it, says Grace.
DELL WI LLIAMS - New York City
On August 26, 1970 1 was working as on account executive in a Fifth Avenue firm when I saw the women lined up to march down the avenue. I joined them, and joined NOW, immediately becoming active in many areas. I organized fund raising and celebratory events for the chapter. That year, 1972, I co-founded one of the first feminist businesses, New Feminist Talent, a speakers bureau, with Jacqui Ceballos and Jane Field, to supply the demand for feminist speakers . Still active in the chapter, Judy Wenning, the president in 1973, asked me to organize a conference on women's sexuality. My life really changed radically then. The theme was to "explore, expand and calibrate our sexuality. It was the first sexuality conference in the world, and I believe it started the women's sexuality movement. For the women who attended, in many ways it changed their lives. I organized a second conference a year or so later, and then founded the first women's sexuality boutique, EVE's GARDEN, a mail-order business to destribute products and information and to assist women on their path to sexual liberation. I ran the business for twenty years.
In 1992 1 was a co-founder of the Veteran Feminists of America and have been on the board since then. I was born in the Bronx and started my professional life as a singer and actress . During WWII -- I was in the Army and traveled with a theatre group to entertain the troups. Today I am making commercials and looking to do more acting.
180 Riverside Boulevard 11L NY,NY 10023
MARGALO ASHLEY FARRAND- Pittsburgh, NYC, L.A-
A NOW member since 1970, she was on the founding board of Pennsylvania NOW, convenor i president of East Hills Pittsburgh chapter, and Co-coordinator of Eastern Regional NOW Convention. In '73 she was legal assistant to NOW lawyer, Sylvia Roberts, helping with Title Vil individual and class action suits against the U. of Pittsburgh. In New York in '73 she negotiated agreements with KABC-TV and KNBC- TV- filed petitions to deny the licenses of KNXT, KTLA, KTTV & KCOP. Graduated from NYU Cum Laude in 1978 in Poiities and Mass Media/Journalism, she moved to California, graduated from Southwestern U School of Law and has been a practicing attorney since 1981 in Family Law. She was president of the Pasadena Interracial Women's Club, Co- president, Hollywood NOW, convenor/ coordinator of Los Angeles Women's Coalition. She researched Constitutional issues for a sex discrimination suit against the 1984 Olympics and proposed civil rights legislation, which helped win women right to compete in marathon and other sports in '84 Olympics. She was a candidate for Los Angeles County Supervisor, 5th District, '92 and for California Assembly, 59th District in 1994.
SHERRY ROGERS - Forest Hills, NY. I lived in Schenectady during the 1970 march. I became aware of the Women's movement when I heard Shirley Chisholm announce her candidacy for President in Albany, NY in January, 1972. 1 got into a CR group and it changed my life. Actually, it saved my life! I became active because we were busy ferrying women down to NYC from the Albany area to get safe abortions and wanted to change the laws so they could have safe legal abortions closer to home. I moved to Forest Hills later, and was president of the Brooklyn chapter in the mid 70s. I was elected while on vacation.. No one else wanted the job! I'm currently active in getting ERA passed into low! It's my priority before I die!
Honored by NYCNOW with the Susan B. Anthony award in 1994, Sandy has been an activist in OWL, served two terms on the board and is currently on the steering committee of the Greater New York Chapter. She was in the Peace Movement, helped open alternate schools in New York during integration battles, was founding vice-president of SHARE ( Self Help Experience for Women with Breast and Ovarian Cancer. She is on the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Gay and Lesbian and Bisexual Jewish Organizations and is Director of the Dept of Policy, Education and Community Organzing for SAGE - Senior Action in the Gay Environment.
MARY VASILIADES - New York City
A public relations executive in early 1970, Mary was intrigued by the news coming from the feminist movement. As a board member of the Publicity Club of New York she organized a panel discussion on women's liberation, inviting Jacqui Cebellos from NOW, and Mindo Bickman and Diane Caruthers of New York Radical Feminists. Jacqui recruited her to help organize the strike and become active in NOW. She attended coalition meetings, wrote copy for flyers and worked on the Statue of Liberty action. The following year she again worked on the August 26th march, writing press releases and speeches. She was elected to the NOW board and also became active with NY Radical Feminists. She lobbied in DC for the ERA, worked on the NYRF's Rape Prevention Conference, and with the Manhattan Women's Political Caucus. She ran as a delegate in the Shirley Chisholm presidential campaign and wrote for the feminist newspaper, Majority Report and was a partner in a feminist mail order business, Women Enterprises. Mary's photographs of many of these and other events are included in her slide show, Memoirs of a New York Feminist.
NOTE: Ann Hazlewood Brady, Marjorie DeFazto, Dorothy Senerchia and Aleta Styers have all been active since 1969, or before. They are included with this post-I 970 group because of their Strike actions and because we missed them in 1996 and 1997 celebrations of NOW and the Women's Liberation Movement.