Interviewee: Dixie Horton
IWY SC 613
Interviewer: Kathie J. Carter
Date: June 10, 1977
Dixie Horton, 30, from Columbia, South Carolina, attended the state IWY conference to participate in workshops. She planned to be a lawyer and was most interested in the workshops on the legal status of women and equal employment. Interview includes discussion of the advertising for the IWY conferences and Horton’s observations about the divisions between pro-and anti-Equal Rights Amendment activists.
Kathie J. Carter: June 10, 1977. (Recording cuts out briefly at 0:03) Tell me your name, your address.
Dixie Horton: Pick up?
DH: My name’s Dixie Horton and currently I’m living at 2504 Burney Drive in Columbia.
KC: How old are you?
DH: I’m 30.
KC: Why did you come to this meeting?
DH: Well, I was interested in the workshops mainly. And I like to support things that are for women.
KC: You like to support things that are for women?
KC: What workshop are you taking?
DH: The equal employment and the legal status of women.
KC: Legal status of women?
DH: Um-hum. There’s one for married, single, and divorced. And then there’s another one at another time bracket for equal employment law.
KC: What do you hope to get out of this meeting?
DH: Well, specifically out of the workshops because I’m going be a lawyer, I wanted to get that. I also wanted to just see how one of these things runs and hopefully gain some more insight.
KC: Insight into what?
DH: Into how women can work together and I’m kind of curious to see whether it’s gonna come off or not, with all the publicity.
KC: You mean this kind of thing?
DH: Yes, this whole Conference.
KC: The publicity?
KC: What kind of publicity have you heard or seen?
DH: Well, I just heard and read where there’s some definite division here.
KC: The division?
DH: Yeah, mainly on ERA but also just lifestyles in general I think.
KC: What is your concern about the legal status of females?
DH: My concern is that the 14th Amendment is not good enough. It’s a, I mean, almost in every, what, we’ve got a lot, we’ve got so much more to go. We don’t have constitutional rights in, you know, in a lot of areas.
KC: Has this been true in your experience or just what you’ve observed from legal work?
DH: Mainly from legal work. I can’t say that I, employment wise have been discriminated against, although I have friends who have.
KC: Who have been?
DH: Yes. And wound up going to court on it, which is good.
KC: Which is good.
End of Interview