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New York Times (25/Aug/1972) - Women's Group to Observe Rights Day Here Today



Women's Group to Observe Rights Day Here Today

Eight "Keep Her in Her Place" awards, one of them to Alfred Hitchcock's movie "Frenzy," will be presented today by the New York chapter of the National Organization of Women as part of the third annual celebration of Women's Rights Day.

The day, marking the 52nd anniversary of women's suffrage, which falls on Saturday, has been officially proclaimed by Mayor Lindsay.

The "consciousness-raising" awards, made to various media, are part of a mosaic of "zap-action" confrontations, protests and other events to precede and follow a 5 P.M. march down Fifth Avenue,

Led by a contingent of women motorcyclists, the marchers will be confined to the Fifth Avenue East traffic lane and sidewalk from 59th Street to 40th Street, where a street rally will be held between Fifth Avenue and the Avenue of Americas.

Keep Her in Her Place" award winners also include Dr. David Reuben's book, "Any Woman Can," for which "more accurate titles might be 'Any Woman Can Be a Doormat' or 'Any Woman Can Be a Tease'"; John Simon, New York Magazine drama critic, for "continual reference to the physical attributes of actresscs rather than to their acting abilities," and "Troglodyte," a record by Jimmy Castor, for "Glorifying the male rock star as caveman."

A "Positive Image of Women" citation went to the Yoko Ono-John Lennon record "Woman Is the Nigger of the World" and its other side, "Sisters, O Sisters," for a "strong profeminist statement." Others included "Straight Talk" on WOR-TV and "Womankind" on WBAI radio.

Kate Millett, feminist author and theoritician, will be among rally speakers—including black and Puerto Rican women — from organizations specifically seeking abortion, lesbian and welfare rights as well as more general political and employment rights.

At a march committee meeting yesterday billed as a news conference, Jill Johnston, author and Village Voice columnist, accused the NOW Eastern regional director of "bringing in Third World women to keep lesbians from taking over the rally."

The director, Jacqueline Ceballos, wearing a "Women of the World, Unite!" button, said the prospect was "not scaring" her and agreed with some radical feminists present that "struggling against a patriarchy, not the style of our struggle, is the key issue."

NOW groups have scheduled "zap-action" visitations to make demands' on banks and brokerage houses; concerning employment practices and courts and bar associations for divorce-law changes "to realistically solve the problem of marital breakup." The group will also visit the City Human Rights Commission, which it accuses of a sexist "policy of sound and fury signifying nothing."