The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on May 2, 1973 · Page 8
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, , , , . .. . .. .,..... .' i ' v ,- : ' ! - n V v v . 7 - Betty Fridan, front, and Phyllis Schlafly as they appeared at a press r f conference Tuesday before debate on ) THIS COMQr eual rSh, ,or befort a standing room only crowd at ISU's Capen Auditorium. (Pantagraph Photo) lots of discord, "often in unison r By Lolita Driver v Maia spokesmen for and against the 'Equal Rights Amendment, in town .Tuesday, agree on one thing. 1. They see a lot of handwriting on the wall. ERA protagonist Betty Friedan and stop ERA spokesman Phyllis Schlafly see the handwriting clearly, but it tells each a .different thing. ' Mrs. Friedan is sure that eight of the states still needed to ratify the rights amendment will do it within a year. Thirty states have passed the amendment to the Constitution and 38 are necessary for it to become federal law. Mrs. Schlafly not only sees a decline in state acceptance of the amendment but says "momentum for it is on our side. "It will die out eventually because it is a terminal case. The only decision we must make is whether we should let it die in dignity or prolong the bloodletting," she said. No more harmony In a press conference at Illinois State University before a confrontation Tuesday night in Capen Auditorium, the two women disagreed on every other ; point. Typical argument: . Gallup and Harris Polls show that women want ERA, that they no longer want to be put down. They also show, said :Mrs. Friedan, that older and less : educated women have greater fears of being manipulated by ERA. ; And Mrs. Schlafly countered with: No poll shows that women want the amendment in any significant mumbers. In six more years, she added, ERA is sure to follow a decline much as the child labor movement did. i Mrs. Friedan said that the women's lib association with ERA is gone. ERA pro- ponents don't use Ms. any more, either, she said. "All we want is equal protection for women. " They disagreed often in unison on whether ERA would benefit women on Social Security, in cases of divorce as to who will support the children and generally on how ERA would affect wo men subject to the draft. Mrs. Friedan, the former Betty Goldstein of Peoria, said her mother worked for a Peoria newspaper in an age when women who worked were criticized for working. And her father died at an unnecessarily young age, she said. Who supports both movements finan cially? Mrs. Friedan charged that the Stop ERA movement is heavily financed by the John Birch Society. For motherhood Not so, Mrs. Schlafly answered. She claims her limited funds come from her husband and from "passing the hat. We have no office, no paid ads such as the full page in the Chicago Sun-Times by ERA backers and we can't afford speakers." Both women are mothers. Mrs. Frie- aan uves in JNew rorK ana nas a daughter and two sons, aged 16, 20 and 24. Mrs. Schlafly lives in Alton and is the mother of six. Protagonist Friedan arrived in town late for an interview on WJBC Tuesday afternoon . . . and with a sore throat. It didn't diminish her delivery. During her press conference and later, Mrs. Friedan paid kudos to Mrs. Toni Adams of Bloomington in her race for the Illinois House "A comparative unknown, politically, with limited funds nearly defeated the incumbent violently opposed to the Equal Rights Amendment (Rep. Gerald Bradley.)" She compared the election with that in New York in which another ERA opponent, Rep. Emanuel Cellar, lost because of his stand against the amendment. UJ. FOOD STORE Home of "EVERYTHING" In Good Food 620 S. Lee St. Bloominqton-Corner Oakland and Lee Fii.828-8634"We Accept Food Coupons- i"vi PEPSI COLA Open 7 Days j I sundays I nrTTTi BTm rKW mK IllltSSk IMfttfx irii 80 6 0z Bott,es ii i i v II V 77 V ' Li ris Dtptsit Price Good Until 5573. Friedan, Schlafly draw emotional full house Pantagraph A-8 . Blomlngton-Normal, III. Wed., May 2, .1973 2 more men charged in assault case V r; By Kathy McKinney A standing room only audience at Illinois State University's Capen auditorium reacted with emotional applause, groans and hisses to Mrs. Betty Friedan and Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly Tuesday night. The women, leaders In the field of equal rights for women Mrs. Friedan for, Mrs. Schlafly against spoke in the University Forum series. The audience was college age, though not all students, several pointed out to the speakers. More than half were women. All seemed thoroughly partisan. Several times the moderator had to ask the audience to "save your questions." When Mrs. Schlafly addressed women in the audience as "girls," it brought groans and shouts of "women." She responded, "I've always thought it was a sign of immaturity for girls to want to look older." Her emphasis was that women already had equality of jobs and pay and equal rights for education opportunity. What equal rights will do is make women give up the "rights and privileges they now have as women," she said. "How many girls here want to serve in the armed forces?" The retort came from a male member of the audience. "Ask how many men want to serve," he said to heavy applause. About five hands went up to the question of women serving. Older than girls Mrs. Schlafly said, "That's the hypocrisy of the ERA supporters. They don't want to serve themselves, but they want to take away the right not to serve from others." Mrs. Friedan addressed the audience as "women who are too old to be girls and men who are their brothers." She fought a not always successful battle through the night with laryngitis. At times she was almost inaudible. She said the equality guaranteed by law did not just automatically come about. Women's groups had to continue to fight for it. "We who had faced a world which was less than equal knew we had to fight," she said. "And we knew that equality of privilege and opportunity must mean an equality of responsibility. Otherwise no way. "The ERA Is to bring women into the Constitution as a full person, with all the rights and privileges and all the responsibility." Men, Mrs. Friedan said, are not the enemy. "Man Is a fellow victim. Why must men die 10 years younger then women? Why must men bear the burden of the rat-race of society alone? "The enemy Is the forces of reaction," she said. "Forces like the John Birch Society who are financing the stop movement." They are in opposition because "women activated threaten the reactionary forces, the establishment that runs the country." Too much emotion? Mrs. Friedan received a standing ovation as she left the speaker's podium. Mrs. Schlafly countered, "This is the pattern of the proponents of ERA. They continually use emotional speeches. But I didn't hear one single word about what ERA will do to benefit women. "Their arguments are based on a fabricated myth that women are not (considered) persons. "The Supreme Court, March 9, 1875, said, In two places, that women are persons." She pointed out to the audience (amid laughter) that in these debates "our side sits politely and listens." The audience turned to groans. "Then when we get up to speak there is all of a sudden hissing. It is evident which side is doing it." There were hisses. Tries again "You girls," she started. Again shouts of "women." "Maybe some of you are still young enough to be girls and think of having husbands," Mrs. Schlafly said. "You have a wonderful position (as women). Don't knock it You've never had it so good." After the formal speeches and rebuttals, the women went to a reception where, the moderator said, "the audience can attack you In person." To plan Armingfon event ARMINGTON (PNS) - The Armington Homecoming Committee will meet at 7 o'clock tonight at the village hall. Two of three men charged with '.he rape of a 21-ycar-old Bloomington Vo-man were being held in county -Jail Wednesday noon under $7,500 bond apiece. ' Harold Eugene Wheeler, 25, of I! Roy and Dennis Tervin, 23, of 807 W. Locust were charged Tuesday by Bloomington police in connection with the Saturday night Incident. John Wayne Wilmoth, 21, of 812 E. Monroe had been arrested by police late Monday evening and charged with rape. Wilmoth posted $3,000 bond and was released Tuesday afternoon pending a May 8 court appearance. Wheeler and Tervin were scheduled for a May 11 court appearance. Two IWU students f named to jazz band Two Illinois Weslcyan University students have been named to the all-star jazz band of the Mid-America Jazz Concert in Kansas City, Mo. They arc pianist Pamela Drews of Mount Prospect and trombonist Phil Jones of Godfrey. It is the second such honor for Jones. 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