Notes from Mary Elizabeth Wexford, regarding Women's Studies conference, 1971

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MEMO from Mary Elizabeth Wexford

starting MA in [women's] history at Sarah Lawrence Sept 72-needs students (not good officially […]) $117 per person

Old Crestbury $300-but they have to spend it by April 1st they have additional funds for transport of students CRS-letter to business  manager (George) Pitman extra budget line for "regional conference"

"planning costs and advanced arrangements"

send to Florence Home. Fanetti's fact sheet on feats for women

Home  Grossman Harris Rosenthal

Mary Jane Martin Renee

Stimpson Showalter 
MEMO from Mary Elizabeth Wexford



Women Learn from Women

 A Regional Conference

Sponsored by SL, SUNY OW, BC, Douglas, Hunter, Queens

 late Oct-early Nov

 6 panels

 3 am-7 am 

3 pm-7pm
 repeated same themes-different respondents-fuel discussion

 Saturday
 happy medium between rap sessions and academic discussion
 

 what do we mean by female culture- (do women have a separate experience of life? experience of life at any moment of  history is different for [women] than for [men]  but history doesn't record the [female] side 
 Turner's manifest destiny defined for [men]  nobody has defined what the frontier meant for women
 

 New York Civil Liberties Union - 156 Fifth Avenue - New York, NY 10010 - WAtkins 9-6076
MEMo from Mary Elizabeth Wexford
 

 sources of power for [women] 
 do you get where you're going because of your family or in your own right? 

how do women experience differently in supposedly same context?

 [women] on welfare vs. [men] on welfare 

[women's] view of labor relation vs [men's]
 

 Can [women] win economic equality or is it a utopian goal + is it the answer or is it a cop-out
 
 can the economy survive the movement

will be disrupted - as will the institution of marriage


 
 Florence: "All questions are all other questions"  so let's just get interesting questions 

life styles -  can married women be feminists

can marriage survive the feminist movement  
 not marriage - [but] relationship  "the androgynous life"
 
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MEMO from Mary Elizabeth Wexford
 

 emancipated relationships between men and women

 Can male-female relations survive the feminist consciousness  how will they be change[d], affected

 How do [men] and [women] relate to/deal with each other on a basis of equality

 Emancipated Sex Relationships

 Equality and (Sexual) Relationships 
 Emancipated Relationships/what are they like/
 
 authority relationships 

Violence and Power 
 kinds of [crimes] by [men] and [women] 
 correlation between  egalitarianism and increase in violent crimes among [women].

use of [women] as safe recipients of violents

use of violence by [women] in Ireland, Nazi Germany,  child abuse
 
 New York Civil Liberties Union - 156 Fifth Avenue - New York, N.Y. 10010 - WAtkins 9-6076
MEMO from Mary Elizabeth Wexford
 
 how women express violence

fewer [women] abuse children than [men]  but it is one of [women's] major outlets


 [women] turning anger and violence in upon themselves - letting it out in catharsis 
 

 Violence: Women's experience and expression


 have someone from rape panel 
 black women 
 
 What are the first changes to make 

abortion reform

child care

practical issues  in community
 society's responsibility for children 
 who is responsibility for children 
 category of illegitimate children
 

 Who is responsible for children? 
 (free school near Columbia - parents put in some time each week - cooperative)
 
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MEMO from Mary Elizabeth Wexford 
 
 Household work

what's fair
 how much pay

is [woman] obligated to talk her out of doing this -
 

Govt using child care as way of forcing welfare mothers into dead-end low paying jobs


 […] child farms
 

 Who will do women's work if women don't?


 
 What difference will it make if women DO get into power?


 
 Women's value vested in their youth 
 when do you hit the scrap heap-
 

 Are women more peaceful than men?

women's role in supreme [welfare] state 
 Nature or Nurture: here we go again 
 role typing for children
 
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MEMO from Mary Elizabeth Wexford 
 
 women as consumers
 

Competition-[women and women] 
 [women and men] 
 mother-sister

daughter-mother

father-daughter

with whom do [women] compete and how

Competition and Cooperation

models for competition


 
 within 3 weeks-

phone in what topics they want to work on - 3 choices 

send out "primary list"


 
 what are the limits of legality 
 

 Sexuality - [crossed out: what is the nature of] 
 female sexuality: [crossed out: what do they do?] is it?
 
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How far will legal solutions to Women's problems take us
 
 MEMO from Mary Elizabeth Wexford
 

 female sexuality: what is it
 
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