Letter from Sheila Tobias to the Women's Local Mailing List, October 20, 1971

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WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY Middletown, Connecticut 06457

Office of the Provost

‘To: women's Local Mailing List

From: Sheila Tobias, Associate Provost

Date: October 20, 1971

I'd like to share with you the news that I have been elected national president of the Professional Women's Caucus, a group of feminists working in the professions (and out of them——the word "professional" is self—defined) who want to coordinate some of the professional caucus activity, expand into areas (like banking, insurance, etc.) that have not yet been organized but where women work in the same numbers that they work in academe; and to have an impact on the image of women in the media.

I would be glad to answer your questions about the organization; it has a stiff dues schedule since to operate at all we must have some money ($25 per year for working women; $5 for students; $10 for women in special circumstances). The group includes a spectrum of women from Dorothy Haener of the United Auto Workers to Jessie Bernard, the academic sociologist and many young women, some married and not working; others trying to re~enter; still others trying to get some sort of handle on their lives.

It would be nice to set up a PWC chapter in our area; anywhere for that matter where there are feminists whom you know to recruit.

Please let me or Miriam Blankstein (X. 669) know of your interest.

. Another project I wish to help launch this fall is the sale of non—sexist chil- dren's literature. Everyone has been talking about the need to write new kinds of children's books for tomorrow's adults; but these have been difficult to get published. Now the Feminist Press, Florence's Howe‘s infant printing company has put out two such books and I have ordered a supply of both in the hopes that PWC, WEAL, NOW or

adding $.50

Women's Centers will want to sell these as a Christmas item (possibly ’

or $1 to the price as a contribution to the movement). ~



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' The one for pre—schoolers i.s called "The Dragon and the Doctor” and it is about a dragon who overeats and is "cured" by a little girl whose brother helps out as nurse. The other, for 8~ll year olds is a well conceived and illustrated biography of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in America.

I can provide further information about this, too. The sooner the first two books are selling, the sooner the Feminist Press can publfli1some more.

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