Interviewee: Eleanor Main
Interviewer: Mary Jo Duncanson
Date of Interview: November 13, 2007
Extent: 2 compact discs; 46-page transcript
Dr. Eleanor Main was an advocate for children, women's rights, equity in teacher salaries, effective and economic government and a range of other issues. After earning her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina (1969), Main joined Emory's faculty as a political science professor, and rose to be director of the university's division of educational studies. One of the first women professors at Emory, she was a central figure in efforts to create the University’s Center for Women, which opened in 1992, and served female faculty and staff, as well as students. Three Georgia governors appointed her to 10 state boards and task forces, including the Governor's Committee on Women in Politics (1975), and the Juvenile Justice board (1992). Main died in 2008.
The interview, conducted January 13, 2007, focuses on Main's childhood, career at Emory University, and political activism. Main discusses her formative years in New York City, as the child of working-class parents who were union members, her education in Catholic schools, and her experiences at Hunter College. She reflects on her years as a graduate student at the University of North Carolina and her decision to accept a position in the Political Science Department at Emory University as its only female faculty member, and she describes the changes Emory experienced during the 1970s and 1980s as its faculty and administration became more diverse. Main discusses her involvement in Georgia politics beginning in the 1980s, her membership in the Feminist Action Alliance and Georgia Women's Political Caucus, speeches she gave in support of the Equal Rights Amendment and reasons for the ERA's failure. She also talks about her friendships with a variety of political figures in the state, including Wyche Fowler, Zell Miller, Roy Barnes, Liane Levetan, Coretta Scott King, and Betty Talmadge.
Interviewee: Roberta Malavenda
Interviewer: Janet Paulk
Date of interview: November 22, 1998
Extent: 2 audio cassettes; 2 compact discs; 48 page transcript
Roberta Malavenda was born in 1944 in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up in a Jewish community, and a very politically-oriented household. Malavenda attended Columbia University and, as a sophomore, she spent four months in Santiago, Chile during the 1964 Chilean presidential election. Politically active during her college years, Malavenda was involved in SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), while also pursuing degrees in political science and Latin American studies. After leaving Columbia, she began working as a community organizer in New York with the Puerto Rican Family Institute. After moving to Atlanta in the early 1970s, Malavenda joined the Georgia Women's Political Caucus, and went on to become involved with the ERA campaign in Georgia. Malavenda has worked as an educator, community consultant, social worker and community organizer advocating for child care and for the rights of people with developmental disabilities. She is currently the Deputy Director of Programs for the Save the Children Child Care Support Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and serves as the president of Parent Services Project, Inc. and as the co-chair of the National Family Support/Child Care Project, PSP, Inc. She was involved with both the National Women's Political Caucus and the Georgia Women's Political Caucus, serving as the ERA state coordinator and president, 1979-1980.
Roberta Malavenda begins by describing her childhood, parents and youthful aspirations. She says that she was always interested in politics and her political ambitions led her to become the vice-president of Hillel during her tenure at Indiana University. She talks about her trip to Santiago, Chile, during her sophomore year of college, and then about attending graduate school at Columbia University. In Gainesville, Florida, Malavenda helped to organize the United Farm Workers movement, with Cesar Chavez and his wife, and she states that it was during her time in Gainesville that she became interested in joining the Women’s Movement. Malavenda and her husband moved to Georgia in 1977, and she quickly began working for the ERA campaign as a field coordinator. Malavenda accounts the incredible political battles that were fought in Georgia, the leadership of the Women’s Movement, as well as how other major issues, including civil rights and gay rights affected the Women’s Movement.
Interviewee: Jim Martin
Interviewer: Mary Riddle
Date of Interview: October 5, 2007
Extent: 1 audio cassette; 1 compact disc; 21-page transcript
Jim Martin was born in 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor’s and a law degree. He then served in Vietnam for two years before returning to Georgia. He worked as a private attorney and as an assistant legislative counsel to the Georgia General Assembly. Martin earned an M.B.A. from Georgia State University (1980). He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1983, serving there until 2001. In 2008, he ran for the United States Senate, losing in a run-off election.
Jim Martin begins his interview by describing his childhood and his education. He then briefly recalls his experiences in Vietnam and how that influenced his political career. He describes the impact that a variety of women (including Peggy Childs and Eleanor Richardson ) had on him and his policy positions, and goes on to discuss a number of his legislative challenges. Finally, he comments on the legacy of the Women’s Movement and its future.
Interviewee: Susan A. Millen
Interviewer: Janet Paulk
Date of Interview: July 7 & 9, 1999
Extent: 2 audio cassettes; 2 compact discs; 63 page transcript
Interviewee: Panke Bradley Miller
Interviewer: Joyce Durand
Date of Interview: December 18, 2000
Extent: 2 audio cassettes; 2 compact discs; 29 page transcript
Interviewee: Laura J. Moriarty
Interviewer: Janet Paulk
Date of Interview: July 10, 2005
Extent: 3 audio cassettes; 3 compact discs; 81-page transcript
Laura J. Moriarty has a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, and as of 2001 was employed as a Business Analyst for the Information and Techology Division of Emory University. She was editor and manager of Emory's Publication on Information Technology at Emory University, a prize-winning higher educatin IT journal for educators.
Moriarty has been very active in commuity and civic affairs for sever years. Between 1981 and 1984, she served as president, League of Women Voters of Georgia and then lobbyist and portfolio lead on ethics; second vice president of Economic Opportunity Authority of DeKalb County; and vice president of Soroptimist International of Atlanta. She also cofounded the Dekalb Network for Women along with Roberta Malavenda and Gretta Dewald. Moriarty was chair of the Community Services and Development Advisory Council of the Atlanta Regional Commission, 1983-1985, and of the Elected and Appointed Women in DeKalb County, 1985-1986. Appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia to the Commission on Gender Bias, Moriarty served 1989-1993, and co-authored the chapter on “Judicial Ethics” in the final report, which was reprinted in the Georgia Law Review.
Laura Moriarty begins her oral history by describing her childhood experiences growing up in a Catholic family in Cleveland, Ohio. She talks about her education and her perceptions of gender discrimination, then discusses her job at Merrill Lynch, first in Cleveland and then in Washington, D.C. Moving to Georgia where she attended Emory University, she describes her political activities, and then goes on to discuss her involvement with various groups, including the League of Women Voters. She talks about her work with the Commission on Gender Bias, to which she was appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court, and then discusses her efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Georgia, as well as her involvement with “the Abigails,” a non-partisan group of influential women that she co-founded in Dekalb County. Moriarty ends by discussing the impact that the women’s movement had both on her own life and on the lives of others.
Interviewee: Carrie Nell Moye
Interviewer: Janet Paulk
Date of Interview: September 1, 2001
Extent: 3 audio cassettes; 3 compact discs; 60 page transcript
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