Interviewee: Donald Welch
IWY SC 689
Interviewer: Elaine Paul
Date: June 10-11, 1977
Donald Welch lived in Columbia and worked as a staff member at University of South Carolina. Welch attended the IWY Conference because he was interested in women’s issues and his wife helped to get him interested in women’s studies. Welch was interested in women’s issues broadly. Interview includes discussion of: Welch’s hope that the conference will broaden interest in women’s issues; discussion of Welch’s mother’s involvement in the AAUW in Spartanburg and his wife’s program of study at University of South Carolina; and Welch’s belief that the conference could help encourage people to support the ERA.
Elaine Paul: And what is your name please?
Donald Welch: Donald Welch.
EP: Donald Welch. And from where?
DW: I live in Columbia now, work at USC.
EP: A student at? Working at USC?
DW: Yes, a staff member.
EP: Oh, you’re staff. You’ve got a good parking place and I’ve got to park where I can. Well, tell me, why did you come to the conference?
DW: Well, I was interested in some of the issues.
EP: Such as?
DW: Well, it’s hard to say. I just got here from work and I haven’t had a chance to look at the schedule all together. But some of the workshops, my wife is involved in it a great deal and she got me interested in it. She’s cognating [sic] in women’s studies.
EP: She’s coordinating Women’s Studies at USC?
DW: She’s cognating, yeah, she’s majoring in English but minoring in Women’s Studies.
EP: Oh. I see. And she’s really with it, hm?
DW: Yes. (Laughter) She’s up on it. A great deal.
EP: What do you expect this conference to accomplish? Have you done any thinking about that?
DW: Well, I hope it will broaden the interest. Get more people thinking about a lot of the issues and hopefully get it to spread around to the different areas. There seems to be a great deal going on at USC to deal with it, but other than that I’m not sure. It’s one the of reasons I came up in, to see really what was going on throughout the state.
DW: My mother’s involved in it. She’s president of the University Women in Spartanburg or she might be the state president, I’m not sure, I forget. (Laughter) But she’s coming for some of the workshops as well.
EP: And so you were brought up not to fear women’s place outside the home?
DW: Well, I’m not sure about that. (Laughter) I think I’ve changed a lot over the years. I’m not sure I felt the same I did as I do now. I think I’ve changed through college.
EP: Well, it’s very, very hard woman to find that college does broaden as it’s supposed to do. I guess that is what you might call a loaded statement. But is there anything particular that you would like to say while you have this tape available?
DW: Well, I hope it’s successful and I understand there are a lot of people here who are not exactly in favorable towards the ERA and that kind of thing. And I hope they learn something from the conference and come around.
EP: Oh, that’s great.
DW:(unintelligible at 2:55) so.
EP: Thank you so much.
DW: You’re welcome.
EP: This has really been a pleasure.
End of interview