Marches, rallies to mark suffrage anniversary!
From Combined News Services
Press Telegram August 25, 1972
On Aug. 26, 1970, American women were told:
“Don’t iron while the strike is hot.”
It was the nation’s first Women’s Strike for Equality
and Justice, called by the National Organization for’
Women on the 50th anniversary of the date women got
And Saturday women from Maine to California will
march, rally and ring bells to celebrate the 52nd anni-
• versary of that day they won the vote and to urge adopt-
tion of another constitutional amendment further guaranteeing
the rights of females: ‘
“By now, everyone knows that the movement is here ‘
to stay,”, said feminist Gloria Steinent of MS magazine.
“Aug. 28 has now become a tradition and will endure.”
It was on Aug. 26,. 1920 that the states completed
ratification..of the 19th amendment to the Constitution
the one giving women the right to vote. ‘
Fifty years later,’feminists organized the first Women’s
Strike for Equality, now an annual event
; This year, organizers say they will concentrate on
‘ urging ratification of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment.
The amendment has been ratified by 20 states and
rejected by four. It requires ratification by 38 states for
-•- THEnWOMEN’S Movement, mothered by Betty Friedan,
has put its ring around Aug. 26 — and intends to
keep on doing so until the campaign for equality and justice
is won. There is an Aug. 26 Saturday of this week,
so it is fair to ask — what’s up?
For the.answer, to that question we went to Jacqui
Ceballos,- national strike coordinator this year and Eastern regional director of the National Organization for
What’s up nationwide are all kinds of demonstrations
by many of the 300 chapters of NOW.
Ms. Ceballos, a founder of the new Feminist Speakers
and Talent Bureau, said the focus of this year’s actions
and demonstrations will be in the political arena.
Efforts will aim at ratification of the Equal Rights
Amendment, repeal of all abortion laws nationwide and
‘I think the Equal Rights Amendment
has really galvanized us
efforts to elect women-running for political office,— or ;
men who are sympathetic; to the Women’s Movement.’ •
. In many places the, celebration’s.and demonstrations
.•will take place today instead of the .26th —: “because the .
26th is a Saturday and there are more people in the
cities on a Friday.’
..” AS USUAL THERE will be some clever elements
involved. For one, Alfred Hitchcock will receive an award
from the NOW Image of Woman Committee. This “Keep
Her in Her Place” award will be to “protest the trend to
rape and violence in American movies.” Ms. Ceballos
said this trend uses women as a vehicle for a man’s rage.
There were to be demonstrations at statues of “Justice”
“woman” blindfolded. There also were to be
demonstrations on the steps of the Capitol in Washington.
At Trinity Church in Wall Street bells-were to ring at 4
p.m. today—calling attention to the women’s struggle. In
some places, voter registration drives will be launched.
Ms. Ceballos said some banks will be picketed for
their discriminatory policies. The American Bar Association is another picket target. This is to protest lawyers’
treatment of women. “They do not help women,” according
to the strike coordinator.
Ironically, the New York group will demonstrate
against the New York City Human Rights Commission,
which is supposed to go to bat for minorities in cases of
alleged discriminatory practices. Ms. Ceballos said “it’s
just a paper agency set up to look good.”
THE RADICAL feminists, notably the gay or lesbian
groups, are threatening to give the movement some image trouble during the New York celebration — especially
the parade on Fifth Avenue. ‘ , .., • ,
from appearances it is turning into a gay-sponsored
event, according to Ms. Ceballos. At a meeting the troubles
will be approached; If there is not agreeable settlement,
.there is a good chance the ‘National Organization
for Women will disassociate itself from the parade.
Ms:’Cebailos ‘explained the trouble ‘with ‘the lesbians,
saying that they do not understand that the movement
‘Women’s liberation has touched
everyone’s life in some way’
must stand to the left of the right — and not to the right
of the left.
AMONG THE participants this year will be some organizations
not always identified with the women’s liberation
movement. Among them are The League of Women
Voters, Business” and Professional Women and the
American Association of University Women.
“There’s really a new mood this year,” said Judy
Lightfoot, southern regional director for the National Organization
“So many more women are joining together. I think the
Equal Rights Amendment has really galvanized us:1′
“The movement has come of age,” added Ms.’Friedan, “Women are at last entering the decision-making
processes ‘and that is an irreversible trend.
“Stage 1 of the movement through actions like the
Aug. 26 march made everyone aware that sex discrimination
is wrong. Now we’re into Stage II where we mean
to change the institutions by our growing political power.”
Led by NOW, women in some cities, including New
York, Chicago and Washington, plan a whole week of activities. Demonstrators have been urged – to “Ring the
bells at 4 for more” today. Feminists have asked governors and mayors to declare Aug. 26 Women’s Rights
DEMONSTRATORS in Chicago, Seattle, Washington;
New Orleans and Pensacola, Fla., will stage narrations
and dramatizations of women’s role in history. ‘
Women in San Francisco and several other area
said they would forgo marches and rallies in favor of
negotiations with city officials on specific demands for
increased employment of women in civil service jobs
and on city commissions. Atlanta’s mayor will sign a bill
prohibiting sex discrimination in city employment. ‘,
With the upcoming presidential election in mind)
women plan voter registration drives in some areas and
have asked local candidates to meet with feminist
groups. _ ;
“We want politicians to sit down and listen to us on
how things should be,” said Wilma Scott Heide,
president of NOW. “Women’s liberation has touched everyone’s
life in some way. Women can’t be taken for granted