The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 05, 1970, Image 1

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VOL 93, NO. 65
Governors group studies
Women rights in Nebraska
Nebraskan Staff Writvr
Nebraska women are not
marching to the capitol wear
ing aprons and chains and
hoisting signs demanding bet
ter jobs for women, but there
are some concerned females in
this state.
The Governor's Commission
on the Status of Women prefers
a "more feminine" approach.
The 36-member group is at
tempting to upgrade the status
of women by studying the legal
problems that confront women
and by providing statistical
data to legislators and voters.
Miss Helen Snyder, associate
dean of student affairs and a
commission member, explained
that the commission is not a
"suffragette movement. We're
merely trying to correct some
of the gross inequalities that
exist," she said.
Janet Maxwell, a University
junior and an appointee to the
commission, said, "When I was
first appointed, I was a little
leary. 1 thought this might be
just another women's club,"
she said.
However, her opinion has
changed and she described the
commission members as "very
special people." Most are
highly educated and have
achieved a high status," she
Miss Maxwell said that
An Intramural basket
ball game between Theta
XI and Ag Men fraternity
teams was postponed In
definitely Wednesday evening
when about 35 black young
people refused to leave the
eourj where the contest was to
be held.
The game has not been
rescheduled, according to In
tramural officials. It was to
have been played at 6:30 p.m.
on the Coliseum varsity
Originally the team from
Kappa Alpha Psl fraternity was
to have opposed, the Theta XI
team, since the Kappa Alpha
Psl team defeated the Ag Men
Tuesday evening.
However the Ag Men were
declared the winner of that
game by forfeit, according to
intramural officials. The game
was forfeited because the
Kappa Alpha Psl fraternity, an
all-black organization,
allegedly used an Ineligible
player, intramural officials
A hearing on the matter
Is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
University women "are not
par ticularly discriminated
against, especially now that the
big suppression hours no
longer exists."
"However, I can't speak for
prejudices against women in
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Child needs surveyed
A survey to determine the need for a University child
day care center will be conducted In the Nebraska Union
Friday and Monday through Wednesday of next week.
"We need as many married students as possible to
drop by the booth and fill out the survey form," Karl
Ronning, the survey's organizer said.
Slie explained that there are currently no facts concern
ing how many of the University's married students have
children and might benefit by a day care center.
Interested students should go to the survey booth In
the Union one of the days listed.
the areas of University
scholarships or job op
portunities," she added.
Miss Snyder pointed out that
the Unicameral "finally passed
an equal pay law for women
during its last session." Pro-
tective laws for women were
also repealed, she said, so that
women now may work over
t i m e for time-and-a-half
Commission members fre
q u e n 1 1 y lobby in the
Legislature, Miss Snyder noted.
The organization is now cam
paigning to change a state in
heritance law which forbids a .
wife to inherit over 50 per cent
of her husband's estate if there
is no will.
Employers are often pre
judiced against hiring women
"because they feel the women
will only be there a short time,
and they don't want to invest
time and money in training
them," she said.
"The facts don't bear that
out," Miss Snyder contended,
"because they may leave for a
while for child rearing, but
most women return to the labor
"Men also leave their jobs
and move to higher positions,"
she said. "Yet this does not
prevent them from being
Ninety per cent of the women
will work some time in their
adult lives, Miss Snyder said.
Most men favor extending
New 'moratorium'
is organizing
Students who want "a fairly radical change" in the
University of Nebraska moratorium efforts will hold an
organizational meeting Thursday evening at 7:30 at United
Missionaries in Higher Education.
"The anti-war and anti-draft movements must change,"
said Rich Ronning, an NU student and one of the organizers
of the new group. "We will discuss civil disobedience and
other forms of protest that have not been used at the
Ronning emphasized that he does not oppose the efforts
of the present moratorium committee, he just wants tactics
to change.
"The efforts up to now have been ineffective," he
said. "We have a feeling of frustration."
HE SAID that Individual students ought to have more
of a voice in the decisions protest. The Moratorium should
be less structured.
"There are some students who feel that a sit-in at
a draft board, for Instance, might be a more effective
form of protest," Ronning said.
Ronning said he had no Idea of how many other students
share his feelings. He expressed hope that the new group
will be able to work In conjunction with the present
Moratorium committee.
"The Moratorium effort has been valuable," he said.
"Before, protest movements had been isolated and
fragmented." But now, I think we're ready for something
New efforts are needed to keep the Vietnam War from
sinking Into the background, Ronning said. The anti-war
feeling has seemed to shift to the war against pollution.
equal rights and opportunities
to women, Miss Snyder said.
Even though their hiring pro
cedures don't always attest to
this fact.
Men realize that President
John F. Kennedy was right
when he started the national
commission in 1960, she said,
because he realized that "the
expanding manpower needs of
our society can't be met
without utilizing trained women
Miss Snyder agreed that
many men, however, complain
that women want the rights of
men, but not the
"This is confusing," she said,
"but we're not necessarily
trying to reverse the sex roles.
Just because a man is going to
help a woman with her coat is
no reason she shouldn't get the
same pay that he gets for the
same work."
Miss Snyder, however, said
she is not completely adverse
to having women assume some
of the "usually masculine"
responsibilities, such as serving
in the military.
"Perhaps we should have a
year of military service for
men and women," she said.
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