Thursday, May 29, 2008

From the Past: AAUW in 1980

From the Past by Bernie Carpino, Branch Historian

Louise Flood unearthed a 1980 copy of Graduate Woman (AAUW’s national publication at that time).

A quick look provides some interesting observations:

  1. Passage of the Equal Right Amendment was a major AAUW goal
  2. Feature articles covered these topics: the need for more monetary support for foster families; non-sexist books for older children; an interview with Turkey’s first and only woman cabinet minister (she resigned a few weeks after the interview because needed reforms weren’t being carried out); job and salary sharing by two teachers.
  3. Projects reported by local branches: an ERA rally; conference “Menopause Out of the Closet;” a TV program honoring women; workshop on Families Facing Change; an arts and crafts fair; sponsorship of an operatic concert, and sale of pecan.
  4. The magazine was much smaller and far less glossy.

Thanks for the memories, Louise!

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