“A revolution is never permanent unless you make it so,” Congresswoman for the District of Columbia Eleanor Holmes Norton said.
She was the first speaker at the conference, and called on young feminists to take their turn and hold the ground that earlier feminists fought for.
“You come to Washington at a defining moment for women,” Norton said, “The new majority (in the House of Representatives) has not merely focused on those of us who protect and promote feminist policies…they have aimed their attack…on every American woman.” Continue reading →
Director of the UI Women’s Center, Heather Shea Gasser. Photo by Kristen Carey
Heather Shea Gasser is one of those faces you see everywhere on campus. The Director of the University of Idaho’s Women’s Center seems to always be buzzing from one campus event to another: always well-equipped with a smile on her face. I have known her personally through not only the Women’s Center but also her role as faculty advisor for Feminist Alliance. I got the opportunity to sit down with her and ask her a few questions about the Women’s Center.
I asked Gasser to supply me with a brief history of the University of Idaho’s Women Center. What I assumed was going to be the usual “The Center was founded in the year of blank by someone by the name of blank” ended up being a captivating anecdote about civil rights.
Gasser said that a group called the Women’s Caucus had to meet in secrecy, and that the university President advised them that legal action was the only way to establish such a group on campus. The group took his advice and served the university with a lawsuit. Instead of going to court, the university and the group successfully negotiated, and the University of Idaho Women’s Center was established on March 8, 1974, which happens to be International Women’s Day.
Gasser’s full history of the Women’s Center and the terms of the agreement: