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Martha Giffiths, D-Mich., who was primarily responsible for the passage in the U.S. House of the constitutional amendment that would give equal rights to women. z ‘ Since 1866 The Place in Austin GOOD FOOD GOOD BEER 1607 San Jacinto GR 7-4171 She concluded her speech by saying, “My grandmother became a widow in 1890 and said she expected to live long enough to vote for a woman candidate for president. I have no such idealistic dream. I only hope I will live long enough to see the Supreme Court of this country recognize me as a human being.” After a luncheon \(fruit salad with tiny marshmellows covered with a strawberry-marshmellow sauce; turkey mornay; broccoli tougher than all the women there, and chocolate cake with sessions. Job discrimination was not discussed employment opportunities were; economic inequities were not discussed financial planning for women was, with emphasis on investments, real estate, banking and insurance. Abortion was skipped entirely, but a counselling workshop concerned itself with community services, i.e., where to report for volunteer work. SEX WAS NOT mentioned during the entire day. The workshop that produced the most sensible and effective recommendations at the end of the day was on laws pertaining to women. It was led by federal District Judge Sarah Hughes, a woman with gumption, who remarked at one point that she hoped the ladies at the conference wouldn’t fall to “studyin’.” “I’m a member of the League of Women Voters,” she said, “but I sure do get tired of their studyin’. I’m for action and I think you’ve got to be aggressive to be successful.” The workshop on laws and women concerned itself with the question of alimony \(it should be ended after three for child support, abolition of “protective laws,” equal pay for equal work laws and the possibility of a revolving loan fund to assist women during the time they sue for equal pay. Some militant ‘agitator got up and proposed that more women be appointed to, the commission who were not white, college-educated, and successful. The suggestion was greeted enthusiastically, but not as enthusiastically as a later suggestion that Gov. Preston Smith be thanked for arranging “this wonderful, wonderful conference.” The major resolution coming out of the Commission was that the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women be made instead a legislative commission and be given $100,000 to study all manner of things pertaining to women. The commission also resolved to ask the governor to issue a directive to the state civil service agencies not to discriminate because of sex and to ask him to appoint more women to the 126 positions on the boards of state institutions of higher learning. Baby, you’ve got a long way to go. M.I.