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Asked if Park realizes this long-range clearing debris from the dock areas, Slogans, Speeches, Stickers Mark Women's Strike By The Associated Press With slogans, stickers and speeches, women liberationists demanded equal rVhts today in a nationwide demonstration for jobs, free abortions and 24-hour chrld-care centers. The National. Women's Strike Coalition, sponsor of the "Strike for Equality," had urged women .to stay off the job if possible. The Commerce and Industry Association in New York said it had checked 30 large firms and found a few women had asked for and been given the day off. Figures were not available. All of the women at the association showed up for work, a spokesman said. Related Stories. Pages 1C, 16C "We're pretty advanced here," she said. "About 40 per cent of our departments are managed by women." The sponsors--who also urged women to stop performing household chores they consider menial and to take children to offices--timed the strike to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. About 30 women gathered in Duffy Square in New York--about five blocks from Times Square--to offer a plaque to Susan B. Anthony, an early suffrage leader. They said they wanted a statue of Miss Anthony erected on the site. At Adams, Mass., Miss Anthony's birthplace, the post office was issuing a commemorative stamp. In a speech prepared for the first-day ceremonies, Lucy Wilson Benson, president of the League of Women Voters, warned against "lib- lash" from the demonstration. "History has too many examples of over-brash movements who, through their own efforts, have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory," said Mrs. Benson. Women took over the NBC "Today" show, giving the men wlto normally appear on the early morning program a chance to steep late. The only men on the show were Sens. Birch Bayfa, D-Ind., and Sam Ervin Jr., D-N.C., both of whom were interviewed by a woman in Washington. Disc jockeys at a Pittsburgh, Pa., radio station got an unpleasant view of women's, liberation. A car with four young women stopped at KQV radio, placed a feminist movement sticker at the station's picture window, then threw a half dozen eggs at the glass. Wives of male staffers took over the air at Miami Radio Station WIOD. One of the regular newsmen, Charlie Kelly, said over 100 people called the station to complain. Kelly himself said the switch was "a cute idea," but admitted, "I'd rather be here than minding the baby." Rallies were scheduled in most major cities, including New York, Washington, San Francisco, Detroit and Boston. Some local feminist groups have urged members to dump bras and cosmetics in trash cans, symbolizing opposition to women being forced to look sexy. President Nixon, noting the suffrage anniversary, issued a proclamation yesterday asking Americans "to recognize the great debt we owe to those who dedicated their life's work to the cause of women's suffrage." Several politicians endorsed the women's cause. Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller proclaimed today "Women's Rights Day" in New York State. Mayors James Tate of Philadelphia and Peter Flaherty of Pittsburgh took similar action in their cities. One woman who disagreed with the feminists was Sausan Young, 22, of Lethbridge, Alta., Canada. Participating in a beauty contest in Montana, she was asked about women's liberation. "Any girl with a head on her shoulders can get anything she wants out of a Honey, I've got better things to do than change tires. She won the contest.