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That Woman : The Making of a Texas Feminist

By: Hightower, Nikki R. Van Beeman, Cynthia J.(Foreword by) Jones, Nancy Baker(Foreword by)

Part of the Women in Texas History Series series
1623498805 / 9781623498801
Published 30/04/2020
United States
152 x 229 mm 176 pages, 33 black & white photos
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When Nikki R. Van Hightower stepped into the position of Women's Advocate for the City of Houston in 1976, she quickly discovered that she had very little real power. And when the all-male city council cut her salary to $1 a year after she spoke at a women's rights rally, she gained full appreciation for just what she was up against.Nonetheless, before the job was abolished altogether two years later, Van Hightower went on to help orchestrate the enormously successful 1975 US National Women's Conference in Houston as part of the International Woman's Year, to help found the Houston Area Women's Center and establish its rape crisis and shelter programs, and to host a radio show where she publicly discussed issues of gender, race, and human rights. This eye-opening memoir offers a window into the world of Texas history and politics in the 1970s, where sexual harassment was not considered discrimination, where women's shelters did not exist, where no women were elected to city government, where women in the parks department were prohibited from working outdoors, and where women paid to use airport toilets while men did not.

That world that may seem distant and slightly unreal today, so all the more reason to read Van Hightower's journey as a feminist.

Her story will remind us that while much has been achieved in gender relations and women's rights, there is much that remains to be done.


BGA Autobiography: general, HBJK History of the Americas, HBTB Social & cultural history, JFFK Feminism & feminist theory

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