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Black Women and the ERA
Program 611
Original Airdate: 4/11/1976

Subject Keywords
Affirmative action programs - Law and legislation
Afro-American women
Equal rights amendments - Massachusetts
Sex discrimination against women
Women - Legal status, laws, etc.
Women's rights

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Garcia, Frieda
Gibbs, Kay
Hillman, Gracia
Hubbard, Marcella
Kennedy, Flo
Landsmark, Ted
Shaw, Sarah-Ann
Watson, Thelma

Program Description
Program focuses on the proposed Equal Rights Amendment in the state of Massachusetts that will make discrimination regardless of sex, race, creed or religion, illegal. Host Leah Fletcher focuses on the amendment as it relates to minority women via five interview sessions: the first with Gracia Hillman (administrative aide to the legislature's Black caucus) and Ted Landsmark (Executive Director of the Contractor's Association of Boston); the second with Flo Kennedy (lawyer, feminist, and founder of the National Feminist Party in New York); the third with activists Kay Gibbs, Marcella Hubbard, and Thelma Watson; the fourth with Frieda Garcia (activist in the Spanish-speaking community in Boston); and the fifth with select individuals from previous segments (Gibbs, Kennedy, Watson, and Hubbard). All discuss whether the combined effects of affirmative action and the amendment bring about a competition between minority women and white men, how the ERA will benefit minority women, how the ERA will affect family law (alimony, child custody, etc.), racism in the feminist movement, the need for a meaningful examination of oppression, priorities, and objectives in the feminist community, the input minority women have had in the feminist movement and in legislation, and the impact of the amendment, should it pass, on Hispanic women. Program includes the "Community Calendar."

Marita Muhammad Rivero

Associate Producer
Vickie Jones

Conrad White

Dighton Spooner

Leah Fletcher

Frieda Garcia
Kay Gibbs
Gracia Hillman
Marcella Hubbard
Flo Kennedy
Ted Landsmark
Thelma Watson

Vickie Jones (quickie)
Sarah-Ann Shaw (quickie)

Lydia Allen (intern)
Wendell Bourne (intern)
Kissette Brandy (intern)
Ron Buccheri (switcher)
Basil Chigas (stage manager)
Brian Clarke (intern)
June Cross (production assistant)
David Hutton (videotape editor)
Nat Johnson (audio)
Pat Kane (video)
Pat Kane (videotape editor)
Sharon Kramer (graphic designer)
Fran Mahard (scenic design)
John Plausse (lighting)
Lee Smith (camera)
Dighton Spooner (researcher)
Bob Wilson (camera)

Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-03307
Preservation master D3 cassette AD3-00311A
Viewing copy VHS cassette (item number not yet assigned)

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