Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
g The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Frt., Pee. 27, 1974
Author: Celebrate Old Age, Not Deny It
By Patricia McCormack
NEW YOUK (UPI) — At some point in early adulthood human males and females try out expressions before the bathroom mirror.
They knit eyebrows and make a stern looking mouth They try to look older
Most everyone over .‘IO ha* been to that place. Most everyone under 30 will get to it sooner or later.
Cosmetic Old Age
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Tish Sommers of Oakland. Calif. would carn- the drama before the bathroom mirror further. As she put it: “I look forward to the time when we can merchandise a cosmetic line to make youth look older.
"A special crow s foot pencil, the silver bleaches, the stick to make those delicious brown spots on the hands.
“Eyeliner under the eye for that sexy mature look “
Sommers only partly had her tongue-in-cheek. As coordinator of the National Organization for Women (NOW ) task force on older women she aims to improve appreciation of and the image of older female Americans.
"Let’s celebrate age rather than deny it." she said
Petite, vivacious and moving like a college coed, Sommers "came out on my 59th birthday."
"Telling your age," she said, “is very important."
For her 80th birthday this year Sommers bought a three-wheel bike — the kind seen in pictures of retirement Milages.
"Pm riding it up and down the hills in Berkeley."
She can ride a two-wheeler. She’s using the "aging’ symbol bike to poke fun at the persons and institutions in society who believe aging Americans are best separated from the mainstream.
Sommers describes herself as a retired housewife. She is the author of "Not So Helpless Female" (McKay) and a founder and chairman of the board of Women’s Action Training center in Oakland
"The whole age question.” she said, "is an older woman's problem. Basically the older poor are the older widows."
Sommers has something besides her three-wheeler to poke fun at the symbols of aging. That is the witch on a
broomstick pictured on NOW task force on older women reports.
"The witch has a eat-thut-swallowed-the-eunary look Under ihe picture, it says — "Me retire0 I ve just begun lo fly."
That’s the spirit of the older woman task force wants to nurture
"At first most of us don’t recognize age discrimination when it hits us,” Sommers said.
"Theres this feminist poster of (adda Meir, with the caption ‘but can she type?’
"The ironic thing is that if she could type UMI words a minute, she'd still have a hard time getting a job. She s too old.
"Employment counselors would tell her kindly — don’t you think you should go home and enjoy your grandchildren?
"Or a personnel manager would say — you appear to he somewhat overqualified for this typing job. I don’t think you would be satisfied here."
The task force on older women, at the NOW national convention, resolved to:
Affirm the positive values that maturity brings and to combat ageism in its many forms.
Support more equitable social security for women.
Recognize and encourage as many choices for older women as for any others in housing, in lifestyle, in sex, in education, in recreation.
Demand government-funded programs providing decent jobs for older women to replace women now exploited as volunteers.
Work for a more humane health delivery system that will value a person's well-being at any age.
"As far as sexism goes, we’ve come ... far enough to see how much further we have to go." Sommers said
"But when it comes to ageism we’re hardly out of the rocking chair. Of course* we elders are going to have to take the lead
"The main problem of the aged lies not with ourselves but in a society that allocates persons in the prime to the junk heap. We must become angry enough to cry .
"I will not be scrapped. I have a third of my life to go!”
Society for Women
Features Good Crew:
Mmdy Edelstein of Jacksonville, Fla., pushes back the tarp covering the fence around the Nixon home in Key Biscayne to take a picture. She and several hundred other tourists converged on the former presidential compound that is becoming a tourist attraction since the city denied Bebe Rebozo s request that the road in front of the compound be made a private lane.
Mayor-Grandmother Unafraid of City Council
Baby s Arrival Means Junk Mail
By Tem my Vales
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark (UP!) — A 4H-ycar-old grandmother who will become the city’s ninth mayor on New Year’s day says she s not worried about problems with the city's all-male city council
Mrs Joyce Ferguson, the first woman mayor of a major Arkansan city (28 2tki population), said "ifs not whether you re a man or woman, its whether you can do the job."
Mrs. Ferguson, wife of an obstetrician, defeated six men in her first race for public office in November One bit of irony is that while the residents elected a woman mayor they turned out the only female member of the city council.
The reason she got into politics, Mrs Ferguson said, was her past involvement in many civic projects
"I jell this is where I could do the most for my city,” she said
"I’m doing it strictly as a service because you know what the salary is ($5,000 annually), she said.
"I have a lot of goals,’ she said "I hopi* we can give all citizens the most services for their tax dollars I think w«* need to cut back, tighten the budget and impose strict controls —- the same thing we need to do all over the country.
"We’re going through the budget now with a fine tooth comb to see where we can cut back."
Mrs Ferguson, a native of Memphis, has lived in West Memphis for 20 years Three of her four children are married and she has throe grandchildren
During the first months uf life, a new baby may receive hundreds of pieces of unsolicited mail, according to Jane Blumhagen, extension home economist.
One family kept track of their "baby" mail. They received hundreds of offers for free samples of all types of products.
Advertisers stuffed their mailbox trying to sell the family insurance policies, book club memberships and cutrate shoes. And eight foundries offered to cast those shncs in bronze
So if you and your new baby receive mail offers, give them careful consideration before
you invest. For some may sound better than they actually are and other offers will probably come your way
West Side dub
Winners of the Howell movement game Thursday at Welty-Way wen* Phillip Ar-noll and Joe Verbick, first, and Mrs W. K Eyrnan and Mrs George Jenkins, second The next game will be played at 5 31) Sunday at Welly-Way
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PORT RICHEY, Fla (UPI) — George Winton is a real estate salesman by day, a shrimp fisherman by night, and a-dream-come-true for women’s lib.
The 52-year-old Winton operates his shrimp boat with a crew consisting of his daughter and his two daughtersinlaw. and he doesn’t want any men aboard
"Those gals sure do work and they don’t bellyache at all.” Winton said
"I have taken my sons along in the past and after awhile they get tired of it and want to come on home." he said. "I don’t want no damn boys on my boat."
Winton started out with daughter Mrs. (’her! Gregory as a crewmember and soon was joined by his daughtersinlaw Mary Winton and Terrill Jo VVmton.
W inton and his crew women take the 27-foot vessel "Wanderin’’ into the Gulf of Mexico almost every night in quest of table shrimp, as opposed to bait shrimp. The table shrimp is sold at dockside of the Gooney Bird manna tor $1 50 to $1 25 j>er pound
‘‘Everybody gets an equal share of the catch so if they don’t go, they don't get in on the action,” Winton said. "They go most of the time and they make a good little dollar. We have been doing good and they make a couple hundred a week."
"Where else can a woman get a job like that?’’ he said.
Cherie leaves her 10-month-old son with either her insurance adjuster husband or her mother while she is out fishing Mary, a licensed practical nurse and mother of a six-month-old daughter, and Terril!. a housewife, also have to leave family behind when they go out.
Crewing aboard a shrimp boat is no snap The boat leaves dockside in time to reach the shrimping grounds by dark and then heads back in about I or 2 a m., depending upon how well the shrimping has gone.
"In order to be shrimper you have to be a mechanic, a seamstress, a carpenter, an electrician You have got to do it all,” Winton said "The girls do everything except the mechanical work."
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Eleven-year-old Roxanne Schmidt of Moorehead, Minn., received her Christmas wish Tuesday when she was allowed to leave University of Minnesota hospital to go home with her mother, Mrs. Evelyn Schmidt, for the holidays. Rozanne weighs only 49 pounds because a kidney ailment she contracted in 1970 which stopped her growth. Her mother donated a kidney for a sucessful transplant operation.
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