Interviewee: Sharron Hannon
Interviewer: Vickie Graves
Date of interview: October 23, 1998
Extent: 2 audio cassettes; 2 compact discs; 30 page transcript
Interviewee: Cynthia W. Hlass
Interviewer: Joyce Durand
Date of interview: April 30, 1997
Extent: 2 audio cassettes; 2 compact discs; 45 page transcript
Cynthia Welch Hlass, a real estate broker and former Atlanta NOW president, was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1944. She attended Northwestern University (Chicago, Illinois) for two years during the early 1960s, then left to become an airline attendant. Hlass graduated from Mercer University (Atlanta, Georgia) in 1977 with a dual major in psychology and sociology. It was while she was finishing her degree at Mercer that she served as Atlanta NOW president (1973-1974) and as legislative coordinator (1974-1975) for Georgia NOW. Hlass was a real estate broker for over 20 years. She died in 2003.
Hlass describes her childhood in great detail, including her parents’ expectations for her. She talks about attending Northwestern University for two years, and then training to be an airline attendant with Trans World (TWA). Hlass eventually received a degree in sociology and psychology from Mercer University in Atlanta in 1977. She discusses her personal life, her children, her parents, and interestingly weaves that in with a discussion about her parents’ inability to understand why she was involved in the Women’s Movement or her affiliation with NOW. Hlass explains that after she became a member of NOW in Atlanta, she immersed herself within the movement -- eventually becoming the president of her local chapter. Hlass describes how, in 1975, she was nominated to travel to the Soviet Union to represent NOW and to personify the women’s liberation movement. She says that in order to raise money for the trip she had to avoid using terms like “feminist,” or “Women’s Movement,” or “Women’s Liberation.” She recalls that during her tenure as president of Atlanta NOW, the organization filed suit against Atlanta Magazine for unequal pay amongst their women employees. Spending many hours at the state Capitol lobbying for the Equal Rights Amendment and for rape-related issues, particularly “spousal rape,” Hlass repeatedly utilized the media to help transmit the NOW’s message to the public. She discusses her encounters with powerful Georgian politicians, the issues that are still a concern for her, and the legacy of the Women’s Movement.
Interviewee: Dorris Dutel Holmes
Interviewer: Janet Paulk
Date of interview: October 23, 2000
Extent: 2 audio cassettes; 2 compact discs; 42 page transcript
Dorris [Dotsie] Dutel Holmes was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1924. She attended Loyola University with a major in sociology and a minor in history, and worked as a social worker and pre-school teacher. When she and her husband moved to Georgia, Holmes became increasingly interested in community property and the kinds of discrimination women faced in terms of home ownership and equal pay issues. Holmes joined the League of Women Voters, and has served as vice president of the Atlanta chapter, as well as treasurer of the Atlanta chapter of the American Association of University Women. Holmes was a Georgia delegate at the National Women’s Conference in Houston during International Women’s Year (1977), and participated in lobbying efforts for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in Georgia. From 1988 to 1996 Holmes was on the DeKalb Library’s Board of Trustees, and from 1997 to 2000, was treasurer of the Chamblee Library Friends association. She continues to be a member of the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women.
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