Interviewee: Frances Marshall
IWY SC 640
Interviewer: Constance Ashton Myers
Date: June 10-11, 1977
Frances Marshall, of Johnston, South Carolina, worked as a public assistant technician for the Department of Social Services. Marshall was interested in the conference workshops on rape, domestic violence, and equal opportunities for women. She became interested in women’s rights while taking a course with the Aiken Food Stamp Office taught by Dr. David Jeffries. Interview also includes discussion of Marshall’s positive impression of the conference.
Constance Ashton Myers: Your name is Miss Frances Marshall.
Frances Marshall: Right.
CM: Where are you from, Miss Marshall?
FM: Johnston, South Carolina.
CM: What’s your address in Johnston?
FM: 204 Walker Street.
CM: Why did you think this conference was so important that you would come all the way here from Johnston?
FM: Because I think we need to do something about the rights for women.
CM: What made you aware of women’s issues in the first place?
FM: Well, right now I work for DSS and I’m taking a…
CM: What’s DSS?
FM: Department of Social Services.
FM: And I’m taking a class in social problems and this has come up about the rights of women and everything so that’s really what opened my eyes to it.
CM: Alright. Where are you taking this course?
FM: We take it at the Aiken office. The Aiken Food Stamp Office and Dr. David Jeffries is my instructor. He is also on the panels up here.
CM: Oh yes, I saw his name as a panelist.
FM: For older women.
CM: What do you think might be the personal consequences for you of this conference and other conferences like it, Miss Marshall?
FM: Well possibly better help for better jobs for minority women.
CM: Yes, that might have a personal effect on your life and those close to you.
FM: Correct. Right.
CM: What about the overall social consequences of meetings of this kind?
FM: Well, helping with the education of children.
CM: Which issues are you especially interested in? Of course you’re going to Dr. Jeffries panel, but what other session or workshop will you be attending? What other issue interests you especially?
FM: Well, rape and battered women and equal opportunity for women.
CM: Have you read the national slate of resolutions that’s in the volume that you were given in your registration?
FM: Yes, I started reading it last night.
CM: Uh-huh. It’s quite an extensive slate isn’t it?
FM: Yes, it is.
CM: It’ll take a little study. But we’ve got to prove them today or amend them or whatever we’re doing to do with them.
FM: Yes, well, I’m going to make sure that I’m right there and I’m going to do everything I can.
CM: Have you been to other women’s conferences before?
FM: No, I haven’t. This is the first.
CM: Is it? Well, how do you assess it so far? Have you been here long, that is? Where you here yesterday?
FM: Yes, I was here ever since yesterday morning.
CM: How do you think it’s been going so far?
FM: I think it’s been fantastic. I think we should have more like this.
FM: And I would attend them.
CM: Yeah, well, are you a housewife or a homemaker or?
FM: I’m a public assistant technician to…
CM: That’s right, you work with DSS.
FM: Right, the Department of Social Services.
CM: Do you have children or are you married or anything?
FM: I’m married but I don’t have any children.
CM: Yeah, you’re a career person at this point anyway.
CM: Yeah. Well, I thank you Miss Marshall.
FM: You’re quite welcome.
End of Interview