Interviewee: James E. Jackson
IWY SC 614
Interviewer: Constance Ashton Myers
Date: June 10-11, 1977
James E. Jackson, from Columbia, South Carolina, was the Equal Employment Opportunity officer at Fort Jackson. He attended the conference because of his work with equal opportunity for women. Jackson believed the state IWY conference could lead to a greater awareness of the issues facing women in South Carolina. Jackson said he was always interested in women’s issues, even before his position working for equal employment at Fort Jackson.
Constance Ashton Myers: What is your name, sir?
James E. Jackson: My name is James E. Jackson.
CM: Where are you from?
JJ: I’m from right here in Columbia, and I’m the Equal Employment Opportunity officer at Fort Jackson.
CM: Are you? Then, that’s where you can be reached? That’s your official address? Or whatever…
JJ: Yes, that’s correct.
CM: Why do you think it’s important that you should be here?
JJ: Well, I think it’s important that I should be here because I have, as a part of the program that I administer at Fort Jackson, a federal women’s program that’s part of the equal employment opportunity at Fort Jackson.
CM: Do you think there’ll be significant social consequences? Of this meeting? That there will be…
JJ: As a result of this meeting?
JJ: Let’s hope so. Uh…
CM: What would you expect to see as a consequence? For example?
JJ: Well, as a minimum, a greater awareness of the concerns of women in South Carolina.
CM: When did you first become aware of the women’s issues? Particularly?
JJ: Well, uh, many years ago. But more…
CM: Did you have an enlightenment experience? (Laughs) Of sorts?
JJ: Well, uh, when I took on the job I have now about three-and-a-half years ago…
CM: I was going to ask how long.
JJ: Yes, right. Uh, I became much more aware, and more concerned about the rights of women.
CM: Did you?
JJ: But it would be inadequate to say . . . inaccurate to say that it was not until I took this job that I became concerned. I’ve always been concerned and aware of some of the concerns and problems of women.
CM: Yes. Um, do you think that . . . have you been to a similar conference?
JJ: Well, one that’s related to my job. One that’s for federally-employed women…
CM: Yes, um-hmm.
JJ: … which is not as broad a scope as this one, but …
CM: Was it a state meeting, or a national meeting, or…?
CM: Regional meeting. How do you think this is going so far? Because I… it’s really only just barely gotten underway, and it’s hard to make a judgment this early. But what’s your evaluation at this point?
JJ: At this point I…
CM: Be candid.
JJ: Yes. I… at this point, I think it’s going very well. I think the, uh, groundwork is being laid for some very interesting discussions in the group sessions.
CM: What sessions do you anticipate attending? I know that you were probably on the program for one. I’ll bet…
JJ: No, I’m not. Not really.
CM: Ok. Well, which ones do you think will have considerable interest for you?
JJ: I’m still in the process of trying to decide which one. I would like to go to all of them. But since I can’t, I’m still…
CM: Well, I thank you very much, Mr. Jackson.
JJ: Oh, sure.
End of Interview