Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement
An On-line Archival Collection
Special Collections Library, Duke University
Minutes from April 7, 1975
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Linda, Sally, Sarah, Donna, Pici, Micki, Jane, Margo, Jeanne, Lorraine
Phan -- dropping out of DARII -- too much to do. Donna spoke for Phan
Bayou Landing -- Sally seeing lawyer to find out trial date
Sally -- saw Evelyn Reed at Militant Forum.
S. Like us to go to events together. E.R. -- martriarchal theory & social evolution Phone tree
Margo -- Vietnamese Victory Celebration workshops on Socialist Feminism DARII
meet at Margo's house 2 weeks
Margo -- unemployed carpenter's app., UI
Jane -- unemployed, formerly pet shops, photo-engrave, bus tables, painting
Micki -- State of Ga. Dept, Revenue Cerk II check tax forms
Pici -- unemployed; looking 1st class radio license; before phone co.; worked making TV's pd lower than men quit $2.10
Donna -- wiring technician trainee; previously clerk 7-11 store
Sarah -- certify people for food stamps De Kalf Co.
Sally -- adult ed. for school board; reading Voc. Rehab. young women get GED & afternoon reading & math alcoholism center since Sep.
Linda -- private eye & foot hospital; charge nurse day shift, infection control & audit charts. prefers small hospital
Jeanne -- Southside Dayeare Center funded through June '76 Emergency job program Take care 2 1/2 - 5 yr. olds. Learning black culture -- co-workers & kids.
Questions -- Why we work where we do? Career? Political Analysis?
Sally -- changing reasons & we should provide some background
Linda -- NURSE -- load varies that's why at hospital. Nursing is career some doubts. Lay-offs Take risks for political beliefs -- economics, racism. Doing this makes job worthwhile. Likes being supervisor over others; tries to be fair, get criticism & input. Supervise LPN's & aides, 2 nurses sometimes. Feedback from house & friends about work.
Sally -- TEACHER -- Back to teaching some misgivings Like Adult Ed. Morning reading skills -- mainly young black people getting GED. Maj. Women No supervision morning; one of best things about adult ed. Afternoon: Alcoholism Center -- lead educational discussion groups -- jobs; places to live, communications dealing with drink outside, talk about psychological theory. Many gay groups come to hospital; Pointed out that she was gay to counselors, made herself available to talk about it. Careful to not lose job/ balanced with feelings about being gay/ impt. to keep job support kids. Alcoholics go thru bullshit- therapy Weird -- S being young & not alcoholic, female working with older men alcoholics. Got job thru connections -- way to buy off dissidents Impt to start gay AA Job very important & interesting.
Martha -- Installs Switching Machines for phone co. Work all men, dislikes it, most of them about 30 odd yrs. white suburbanites. Not a career. Been there 2 yrs. Got job mistake. Despise working with men in groups -- sexist, racist. Co-workers know lesbian. Not getting up at 6 AM & not working 40 hrs. week. likes electronic work. communications good political place to be.
Jane -- looking work; framing & painting
Micki -- format not a give & take; not what we planned
Donna -- more feasible to go individually; issues clarify & interchange later
Micki -- Sum up issues: Male-type jobs preferred, but you are forced to be around men
Donna -- Professionalism vs. ideas of working class Professionalism & Marxism Need for income
Martha -- Advantages of professionalism vs. working class job -- strict regulations for working class.
Micki -- Prof. job. Authority figure -- Sally & Linda
Martha -- Impt to live like average person to understand where they're coming from. Not work 40 hr. week & remain sane. Maintane [sic] life & personal activities
Sally -- Working gives something, creative. Economic need. Pick up on this topic next week live like other people
Next meeting 279 Elmira Pl. Sunday 7:30
Martha -- Jo Ann Little
Motion to discuss Vietnamese Victory Celebration next meeting
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