Elly Elliot speech at BCRW 20th anniversary dinner, 1993, page 3
I think of the summer of 1970. August 26th. The 50th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. I remember running into Kate Stimpson up here. I asked her if she was going to march in the parade down 5th Avenue. I remember her startled reply: "Are you going to march?" obviously alarmed that someone of my advanced years would be up to it. I was 44. Kate told me that a number of Barnard faculty would be marching too, and to look for them by the Plaza fountain near the abortion placards. I said I'd bring signs we could wear around our necks -- to free hands for pocketbooks. I got big Barnard blue paper plates and hung them on ribbons. I painted "Academic Equality" on them -- with red nail polish. In the huge crowds I never found the Barnard troops. But I found a few feminists from Burlington Industries led by my friend Letitia Baldrige, a very new officer of the company. They happily wore my signs for the march. Off we went, heckled by men along the route. A couple of times, men I knew called out, "Elly, what are you doing?"