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International Women's Year Oral History Project

Eleanora Ballasiotes

Eleanora BallasiotesFircrest, Attended IWY Ellensburg conference. Political activist since early 1970s, concerned with basic education and opposed to federal involvement in education, committed to the pro-life/anti-abortion movement. Following the IWY Conference, joined Women for Integrity in the Nation (WIN), and campaigned for Referendum 40 to repeal funding for the Washington State Women's Commission. Member of Greek Orthodox Church; artist, homemaker. Has served as state delegate to national Republican conventions. Anti-ERA.
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Patricia Benavidez

Patricia BenavidezFederal Way (Kirkland at the time of the IWY conferences); Attended IWY Ellensburg conference, delegate to IWY Houston. Hispanic, lesbian, political activist. Worked on the Hispanic Caucus and Minority Resolution for both Ellensburg and Houston. At the time of the conferences, she was a member of NOW, the Washington Women’s Political Caucus, co-chair of Seattle-based Friends of Equal Rights, and a former teacher. She later resumed her teaching career, and currently serves in the Spanaway Public Schools. Pro-ERA.
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Dee Boersma

Dee BoersmaSeattle, IWY Ellensburg Coordinating Committee member and Communications Committee Chair; in early 1970s, served on President Richard Nixon's Task Force on Equal Rights and Responsibilities, then as an advisor to the US delegation for the United Nation's Status of Women Commission. She is currently (2007) the Wadsworth Endowed Chair of Conservation Science in the University of Washington's department of Biology, where she has served on the faculty since 1974. Since 1982, she has directed the Magellanic Penguin Project at Punta Tombo, Argentina. Pro-ERA.
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Rita Brogan

Rita BroganSeattle, IWY Ellensburg Coordinating Committee member, delegate to Houston IWY, co-founder of Asian-Pacific Women’s Caucus, appointed by President Carter to the International Women’s Year Commission, chair of Washington State Women’s Council. In 1977, partner, Communications Design, Inc. Today, she leads PRR, Inc, a 47-person, mission driven public affairs and communications agency dedicated to civic growth and the environment with offices in Seattle and Washington D.C. Pro-ERA.
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Jean Marie Brough

Jean Marie BroughFederal Way, attended IWY Ellensburg. Joined League of Women Voters in 1969,and worked on LWV Status of Women Task Force; leader in the 1972 campaign for a Washington State Equal Rights Amendment. Co-president of Seattle NOW in 1975, and then, NOW national board member, national NOW field organizer for ERA campaign. Member of the Republican Party; public school teacher; elected to the Washington State Legislature in 1982, served until 95, and was the first woman floor leader to be elected in either house by either party. Pro-ERA.
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Tina Cohen

Tina CohenOlympia (Mercer Island at the time of the IWY Conferences), delegate to Houston IWY. National Council of Jewish Women with positions as chair of Washington State Public Affairs Committee, National Resolutions Committee, member of National Board, and president of Seattle Section, homemaker. In the 1980s, regional director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. 1990-2005, served as Special Projects Manager/Operations Manager for the Washington State Dept. of Community, Trade and Economic Development. Pro-ERA.
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Jean Dance

Jean DanceBellevue (Seattle at the time of the IWY Conferences). Attended IWY Ellensburg and monitored voter registrations. Taught Home Economics at University of Utah in late 1940s; member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints; became a homemaker and mother of six; volunteered in the church's children's programs. In the 1970s, taught Fascinating Womanhood classes in homes and churches. Has multiple sclerosis and went to Ellensburg in a wheelchair. Anti-ERA.
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Karen Fraser

Karen Fraser

Lacey, Member of Ellensburg IWY Conference Coordinating Committee, Chair of Elections Committee. At the time of the conferences, she was Mayor of Lacey and a pilot trainer for a career development program for women in state government. A Democrat, she served as Thurston County Commissioner from 1981-88, in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1989-92, and in the State Senate from 1993 to present. She is a sponsor and founding board member of the 2007 Women's History Consortium. Pro-ERA.
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Wanda Fullner

Wanda FullnerSeattle, Member of the Ellensburg IWY Conference Coordinating Committee and chair of the Financial Assertiveness Workshop. At the time of the conferences, she was the Equal Opportunity Consultant for the Association of Washington Businesses and was president of the Seattle-King County Chapter of NOW. She has taught classes in financial assertiveness for women at area community colleges and became the pilot coordinator of the AARP's national Women's Financial Information Program. Pro-ERA.
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Dolores Mae Gilmore

Delores GilmoreKennewick, Organizer and Chairperson of Blue and White Coalition for Ellensburg IWY. As president of Citizens for Youth, called together a group of friends to help organize conservative women to attend the conference and vote. The group adopted blue and white, the colors of the Blessed Virgin, for lapel ribbons. Homemaker, Roman Catholic, political activist in the Republican Party, Girl Scout leader, religious teacher, nurse, and president of Citizens for Youth. Pro-family lecturer throughout Washington state, prior to and after Ellensburg IWY. Anti-ERA.
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Dorothy Hollingsworth

Dorothy HollingsworthSeattle, Chair of the Ellensburg IWY Coordinating Committee, delegate to Houston.IWY, founding member of Black Women's Caucus. At the time of the conventions, she was Director of Children's Services for the City of Seattle's Department of Human Resources and served on the Seattle School Board. In 1974, she was named Woman of the Year by the American Businesswomen's Association. Later, she served on the Washington State Board of Education, and continues as a trustee at Seattle Community College. Pro-ERA.
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Thelma Jackson

Thelma JacksonOlympia. Member of the Ellensburg IWY Coordinating Committee and Organizer of the Black Women's Caucus and the Ethnic Women of Color Resolution; delegate to Houston IWY, organizer of the national Black Women's Hook-up. At the time of the conferences, she was Project Coordinator for Work Options for Women at the Olympia YWCA and a member of the North Thurston School Board. She has served as president of the Washington State School Boards Association and has her own educational consulting business. Pro-ERA.
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Elaine LaTourelle

Elaine LaTourelleSeattle. Member of the Ellensburg IWY Coordinating Committee and Chair of the Program Committee, delegate to Houston IWY. At the time of the conferences, she was National Legislative Vice President of NOW, an independent practicing architect, and a faculty member in the Architecture Dept., University of Washington (where she continues to serve as Associate Professor). She was president of Seattle NOW in 1972, and elected to the national board the next year. In 1978, she was a convener and first president of the Northwest Women's Law Center. Pro-ERA.
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Judith Lonnquist

Judith LonnquistSeattle. Presiding officer, Sunday Plenary Session, Ellensburg IWY Conference; chair of Washington's delegation to Houston IWY, steering committee (Pro Plan Caucus) for Houston IWY, continuation committee to try to move endorsed Pro-Plan into legislation, national leader in campaign for federal ERA. National NOW Legal Vice President (prior to IWY conferences). An attorney, she continues to serve as general counsel for Washington Education Association, a position that she held at the time of the conferences. Pro-ERA.
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Julia "Judy" Quinton

Julia QuintonSeattle. Attended Ellensburg IWY; alternate delegate to Houston IWY, which she thought was “a waste of taxpayer money.” In 1980, payed her own way to attend White House Conference on Families in Switzerland. Member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints with special emphasis on programs for young people and Relief Society work; businesswoman; homemaker; involved in theater as director and manager; political activist. Anti-ERA.
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Marilyn Rands

Marilyn RandsBellevue. Attended IWY Ellensburg Conference, finding unexpected "polarization and intolerance” and lack of a support system for many women Member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints (programs for primary children and young women, teacher training; as Stake Relief Society president, emphasized welfare program, women’s issues, and public affairs; participant in several international Relief Society conferences); homemaker; teacher in the Bellevue Public Schools. Anti-ERA.
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Kay Regan

Kay ReganKirkland (Seattle at the time of the conferences). Lone anti-ERA member of IWY Ellensburg Coordinating Committee, Chair of the Rules Committee; lone anti-ERA delegate to IWY Houston. Delegate to White House Conference on Families, 1980. Washington Stated delegate to national Republican Conventions. Homemaker (married with , Seattle Women's Commission in 1970s, Catholic Charities, Roman Catholic Church, political activist with special emphasis on getting people involved at the local level. Recognizes the fact that there will always be differences of opinion, and works to find common ground. Anti-ERA.
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Dottie Roberts

RobertsDottie2Cawker City, KS (Bellevue, WA at time of IWY Conventions). Unable to attend IWY, but it influenced her profoundly and hurled her into political leadership. Homemaker, mother of four and foster mother of twelve (a single, working mom, before she married Hal Roberts in 1962). Republican and a Washington State delegate to national conventions, member of the Presbyterian Church, anti-abortion crusader, leader in successful campaign to oppose Washington state's ratification of a federal ERA. Anti-ERA.
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Susan Roylance

 Susan Roylance

South Jordan, UT (Kennewick, WA at time of IWY Conventions). Issues chair, spkesman, and floor leader of Blue and White Coalition at Ellensburg IWY; alternate delegate to Houston IWY; director Referendum 40 campaign that repealed the State Women’s Commission; national vice president for Pro-Family Unity (now United Families International), prepared and published related guidebooks, and became director of UFI’s Stay Alive program—an HIV/AIDS prevention education program for children now operatng in nine African countries. Member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, Republican Party activist, Homemaker. Anti-ERA.
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Dorothy Sale

Dorothy SaleSeattle, attended Ellensburg IWY. In 1970s, co-president of Seattle NOW and NOW national board, national NOW field organizer for federal ERA campaign, president of Seattle League of Women Voters, homemaker. Caucasian member of a mostly black Presbyterian Church and active in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Librarian. Lobbyist for and founding board member of the 2007 Women’s History Consortium. Pro-ERA.
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Linda Terry

Linda TerryPort Orchard. Attended Ellensburg IWY. Member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints (volunteer work in teaching, administrative roles, music, programs to assist the needy, heavily involved in the Relief Society), homemaker, public school teacher. Political activist, beginning in 1970, in anti-abortion and anti-ERA campaigns. After IWY, campaigned for Referendum 40 to abolish funding for the Washington State Women's Commission, leader in local chapter of Women for Integrity in the Nation (WIN), and in Speakers' Bureau for Human Life. Anti-ERA.
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Mayumi Tsutakawa

Mayumi TsutakawaSeattle. Covered the IWY Conventions in Ellensburg and Houston, as a reporter for The Seattle Times; has co-edited several multicultural literary anthologies and organized art exhibitions by artists of color. She has held management positions in communications, arts, and cultural heritage, and is currently Manager of Grants to Organizations at the Washington State Arts Commission, where she also works with ethnic, rural, low income and disablecd community cultural projects through WSAC’s Arts Participation Initiative. Objective and neutral (as a reporter covering the IWY conventions).
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Alice Yee

Alice YeeEllensburg. Member of Ellensburg IWY Coordinating Committee, Chair of Arrangements Committee (responsible for facilities, logistics, whatever was needed to keep everything functioning.) Attended Houston IWY. At the time of the conventions: Director of Women's Center Central Washington State College,Vice Chair of Ellensburg City Planning Commission, Washington State board of League of Women Voters, CampFire executive in Central Washington. Had served as Dean of Women Students at Wenatchee Valley College and Grinell College in Iowa. Pro-ERA.
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