Interviewee: Jacqueline Johnson
IWY SC 617
Interviewer: Kathie J. Carter
Date: June 10, 1977
Jacqueline Johnson, of Greenville, South Carolina, worked for Links Community Actions and learned about the IWY conference from a coworker. Johnson was concerned about women and employment; she hoped to see more women with political or military careers. The interview includes discussion of her childhood, the relationship between her parents, and how she observed inequality between the sexes at home.
Kathie J. Carter: First of all I’d like to know your name and your address.
Jacqueline Johnson: Jacqueline Johnson, 420 East Bird Street, Greenwood, South Carolina.
JJ: Yes. Um-hum.
KC: Jacqueline, what brought you to the meeting today?
JJ: I received a brochure from a friend of mine at Links Community Actions, that’s where I work.
KC: Well, what made you come on? I mean, you heard about the meeting that way, what made you come to the meeting?
JJ: ‘Cause I didn’t know what it was and it, it intrigued me. I just wanted to – curiosity.
KC: What did you find intriguing about the literature you read?
JJ: I haven’t read it yet. I haven’t read all of it.
KC: Well what about what you have read?
JJ: It’s fantastic really. It really is. Really.
KC: What particular kinds of concerns do you have as a woman? You see as being women’s issues or women’s concerns?
KC: Jobs primarily?
JJ: Jobs. Yeah.
KC: Has that been a problem to you?
JJ: No. It hadn’t been a problem to me.
KC: Why is this your concern?
JJ: Because I’d like to see more women in jobs, in, say in Congress and the House of Representatives, stuff like that.
KC: Political jobs?
KC: Any other kind of jobs you particularly feel should be more open to the female?
KC: Military positions.
JJ: Yeah. Right.
KC: Why is it that you see these as particularly instrumental or particularly important?
JJ: Mainly because I don’t hear, I don’t see, I don’t hear of any, that many women in these particular organizations. I’d just like to see more.
KC: What do you hope will come out of these meetings?
JJ: A better understanding and hopefully the male species understand, try to understand us better. Maybe they’ll look at us a little different besides just housewives and stuff like that. And mothers.
KC: Has that been a particular problem of yours?
KC: But you know, you’ve seen that happen?
JJ: Happen, right, from my parents, right.
KC: From your parents?
KC: Your father and your mother or something?
JJ: Right, yes.
KC: You look as if that’s somehow hurtful to you.
JJ: Well, it really hasn’t been, it’s, it’s just, it was kinda disturbing when I was growing up, you know.
KC: What was disturbing?
JJ: About that – she couldn’t, well she didn’t do as he would do, you know, and I don’t really think it’s right, for instance, if he would go off on the weekend why couldn’t she go off on the weekend, you know? She stayed home. And this is what he wanted. Maybe that’s, I don’t know, that’s not a good thing. Just little things.
KC: A lot of little things?
JJ: Yeah, right.
KC: Is there anything else you would like to add to this record?
JJ: No, it’s not. This is my first interview and… (laughs).
KC: What you have to say is important, thank you a whole lot.
End of Interview