Interviewee: Lucille S. Whipper
IWY SC 691
Interviewer: Kathie J. Carter
Date: June 11, 1977
Lucille S. Whipper, of Charleston, South Carolina, was a member of the coordinating committee for the South Carolina IWY Conference. Whipper was active in community work and the women’s rights movement in Charleston. At the conference, she was interested in the workshops on the legal status of women and the homemaker. Whipper hoped to learn more about South Carolina’s laws regarding women, especially in terms of property, wills, divorce, and death.
Lucille S. Whipper: . . . regular.
Kathie J. Carter: I think that’s very good.
KC: Could you give me your name and your address?
LW: Lucille S. Whipper. Uh, Charleston, South Carolina.
KC: What brought you to the meeting today?
LW: Well, I’m a member of the coordinating committee. And, um, actually, we’ve been planning since February for the meeting.
KC: How did you get on the coordinating committee?
LW: We don’t know that. The selections are made in Washington. And I have always worked in community work and worked for women’s rights and responsibilities. So, supposedly, that’s why.
KC: Why is it you think you may have been chosen by Washington?
LW: I think because I’ve been active in problems relating to women, and sort of people in general. Mm-hmm.
KC: What is your particular concerns, as a woman?
LW: Well, for full equality. Without regard for sex.
KC: There’s been a good deal of talk here about barriers.
KC: That stand in women’s way, and doing things they choose to do. In your experience, what kind of barriers have you come up against?
LW: Oh, because it’s a man’s world, I find that women are quite capable to perform certain tasks, but they’re women. They will not be given certain administrative positions. And that I find that one of the perks about society that secretaries, who are really administrators in many instances, are paid, you know, lowly paid and not recognized as such. And they’re supervisors sort of keep them there because they’re so valuable yet they will not recommend promotion. I think job in equality is just about the worst thing going besides all of the various laws that women are not aware of as homemakers. In America, women…the predicament that they’re in because of antiquated laws. I think we really need to become a little more aware of things. I’m concerned because I don’t think I know enough about the laws that do exist dealing with husband-wife relationship, what happens in cases of divorce and death.
KC: Cases of divorce and death?
KC: What happens to women when these things go on?
LW: Yes, yes.
KC: I have a question I’d like to ask you.
KC: You said that job actions are your most important concern at this point in time, of many concerns I’m sure you have as a member of the coordinating committee.
KC: What have been your impressions on what has gone on here so far?
LW: At the conference?
LW: Well, I’ve been so busy!
LW: …working as the committee. I have just really been able to sit still this morning in the section on the legal status of women and the homemaker. It’s just raising a whole lot of questions. I continue to feel that I just need to know a lot more.
KC: What kind of questions came to your attention that you may not have been as aware of as you would’ve like to have been?
LW: Well, I interested in South Carolina laws about will, property, so forth, and I just don’t know.
KC: Is there anything else you would like to add to the record?
LW: Well, I certainly hope that this conference…I’m very concerned of the large number of women in South Carolina that’s totally unaware of their status. I certainly hope that this conference will awaken the awareness of a large majority of the women that are in it. I feel that we have reached a sort of diverse group of people and, hopefully, we will see the results having more alert women in the state.
KC: What do you think about the concept of International Women’s Year?
LW: I think it’s great. I supported it from the beginning.
KC: Very good.
KC: Thank you a whole bunch.
End of Interview