The United Nations proclaimed 1975 the International Women's Year, and sponsored an international conference held in Mexico City. After success and continued action taken by participating countries, the United Nations extended the observance to the International Women's Decade, spanning 1976-1982, with another international conference planned for 1980. In 1977, as a continuation of action in the United States, over one thousand elected delegates convened at the Albert Thomas Convention Center in Houston, Texas to develop a National Plan of Action on women's rights. The plan was to be submitted to President Carter and the Congress by the International Women's Year Commission in March 1978. Bella Abzug was the presiding officer of the International Women's Year Commission. This series of seven tapes features speeches and actuality from the National conference, as well as further interviews and discussion after the conference closed. Although the Folios and the previous cataloging refer to this conference as the IWY Conference, it was actually the National Women's Conference.
Part 1 of the recording includes the opening torch run, introduction to Bella Abzug, Bella Abzug's address, Liz Carpenter and the introduction of delegates. Part 2 is a recording of the 3rd Plenary conference that includes wrap up of morning events of 2nd plenary conference; introduction of chair: Lieutenant Governor of New York, Mary Anne Krupsak; speeches by Patsy Mink, Margaret Heckler, and Helvi Sipilä; starting of debate on issues; and introduction of education program. Part 3 includes the reading of resolutions for elective and appointed office. Part 4 includes the resolutions on women in the government and the judiciary (passed) and on women in management and employment (passed), and the third section of the tape includes ERA, Mormon women, and Betty Friedan. Part 5 includes Rita Duran and her talk "Why substitute on minority"; older women; mandatory retirement; reading of resolution; medical resolution passed. Part 6 concludes the series of recordings from the conference and includes actuality from the International resolution passing, medical resolution, and statement from Coretta King. Part 7 features afterthoughts from the conference and includes a piece by Patricia Neighmond containing Bella Abzug, conference summary, and Joan Gubbins; a piece by Lisa Schlein containing Bella Abzug (same segment) and commentary; Lynn Parks, wheelchair user, being interviewed by Helene Rosenbluth; Lucia Chappelle on racial issues; and Eldridge Cleaver interviewed by Lorne Cress.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.