Interviewee: Margaritte Boye
Interviewer: Charlotte Kinch
Date: November 18-21, 1977
Margaritte Boye, a pharmacist from Ephrata, Washington, became interested in the women’s movement as early as the 1930s when she joined the Business and Professional Women’s Club. Boye attended the National Women’s Conference as an observer and was very pleased with the conference overall. Boye was concerned about the implementation of the conference’s planks on the state level and hoped the follow up work would be successful.
Charlotte Kinch: Can you give me your name and address on the tape please?
Margaritte Boye: Margaritte Boye, Box 1052, Ephrata, Washington.
CK: How long have you been interested in the women’s movement? How did you get involved in it?
MB: I became a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club in 1938, very nearly forty years. I was state president of Washington State in 1951-52, and that began my interest in women’s affairs. However, when I was growing up as a girl my father told me that I must have something, a profession or something else I could do to support myself and any children I might have if it became necessary.
CK: And what is your profession?
MB: I’m a pharmacist.
CK: Are you here in any official capacity, or are you an observer?
MB: I am an observer, yes.
CK: But do you belong to a women’s group back in Washington?
MB: To the Business and Professional Women’s Group, yes.
CK: How do you feel about the conference? Have you been attending sessions?
MB: I’ve been attending all these sessions that I could get a ticket for, and I think it is one of the most marvelous things that has ever happened. When I saw that plane come in to the Albert Jones the other day, it’s one of the greatest thrills in my forty years of working with women.
CK: It really was a thrilling experience. Are you happy with the conference? Do you think there are going to be results on a national basis from the work that’s being done here?
MB: I’m sure there will. I’m sure that this will be – it’s a history making event, and that’s my feeling about it.
CK: And you think it’s going to be translated in national terms.
MB: Oh yes, I don’t think there’s any doubt about it. In the first place, this is sponsored by the federal government.
CK: So they’re in essence asking us to –
MB: To make our position known.
CK: And you think they will listen to us now that we’ve done it.
MB: To a certain extent. I don’t think this is going to be the complete answer at any time.
CK: How do you think it should be supplemented now? How do you think these resolutions should be put into action?
MB: I think they should be studied. I think that those of us who are here should make the results known to all of our government people in our own states, and express to them how we feel and make them feel that it’s important enough to listen to.
CK: A lot of strong follow up work, in other words.
CK: All right, thank you very much for talking.
End of Interview