Interviewee: Gail Ardelia Glover
IWY SC 598
Interviewer: Louise Pettus
Date: June 10-11, 1977
Gail Ardelia Glover was from Columbia, SC. She was fourteen at the time of the IWY State Conference and she attended with her mother. Issues important to Glover included international women’s organizing, services for rape victims, and domestic violence. Interview includes discussion of: Glover’s impressions of the conference, her belief that more people should have attended, and Glover’s descriptions of her mother as a women’s rights activist.
Louise Pettus: If you’ll tell me your name and where you’re from, please.
Gail Glover: My name is Gail Ardelia Glover and I’m from Columbia, South Carolina.
LP: Alright, and why are you here?
GG: Well, I came with my mother this morning just to see how things were and I ended up signing up with the International Women. And I just came to see the workshops and see how everything is doing.
LP: How old are you?
GG: I’m 14.
LP: Oh, good. And you’re a, high school or?
GG: Yes, high school. I’m a freshman in high school.
LP: And what about this Conference has interested you?
GG: Well, I’ve heard many people speak today on women and I think the thing that most interests me is what they were doing about rape victims and battered women, women that have been beaten in the home and things they’re doing about it in the Constitution and everything.
LP: Alright. Have you been aware that, in any way had you heard about it or read about it?
GG: Well, yes I have before but not really in detail as they went in it today.
LP: Um-hum. And are you convinced that it is a problem?
GG: Yes. Well, I knew it was a problem, I just wanted to find out what they were doing about it and how they were going about doing it.
LP: Um-hum. Do you have any ideas of your own about how you think it should be handled?
GG: Well, nothing that they aren’t doing now. I agree with everything they’re doing, making laws and enforcing, trying to get the policemen to enforce the laws, because a lot of women get raped and then need to be helped because they are degraded mentally and physically and socially.
LP: Um-hum, alright. And the Conference itself, did you expect this many people?
GG: Well, not really. But then again there should’ve been more. (Laughter)
LP: Yeah. Tell us about your mother a little bit.
GG: Well, my mother, she’s very active in the women’s organization and I think she goes all the time. Just dominates what she’s doing, everything she talks, if people ask her to speak it’s usually about what the women should do and are doing for this world. She goes every day, she cares for her children a great deal. She’s had a lot of hardships but still she comes through more so than most women I believe.
LP: Thank you very much.
GG: You’re welcome.
End of Interview