Naomi Feingold

Interviewee: Naomi Feingold
IWY SKC: 584
Interviewer: Kathy Carter
Date: June 10-11, 1977

Naomi Feingold, from California, was living in South Carolina at the time of the conference while conducting field research at Camp St. Mary. A Women’s Studies major at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Feingold planned to become a nurse/midwife and was interested in the conference for the workshops. Interview includes discussion of: Feingold’s hopes to become a midwife,; her critique of gynecological care and women’s health services as lacking, and her impression that the conference focused mostly on the ERA and election of delegates to the national conference.

Sound Recording



Kathy Carter: Give me your name and your address.

Naomi Feingold: My name’s Naomi Feingold. Do I have to talk right into this thing?

KC: That’s close enough.

NF: And my address presently is Camp St. Mary Human Development Center but I’m from California.

KC: You’re from California. What brought you to the meeting today?

NF: What brought me to the meeting today? Well, I’m from the University of California at Santa Cruz, I’m a Women’s Studies major doing field study down here at Camp St. Mary. And I had heard about it, we were sent flyers about it at the Center.

KC: What led you to Women’s Studies?

NF: It just happened, that’s my main concern and I think that there probably a lot of social change that’s going to come directly out of the woman’s movement. I think it’s the most dynamic movement happening today and it directly relates to me, obviously. I’m a woman.

KC: What kind of social change do you see is coming?

NF: What kind of social change? All kinds, hopefully. Not just in – I think that once people realize that a whole half of the world has been left out, meaning women, that’s going to give a lot of insight into the rest of society in America. See what I’m saying?

KC: Yeah, I understand what you’re saying. What are your particular concerns as a woman?

NF: Mainly women’s healthcare. I’m planning on being a nurse/midwife. Childbirth.

KC: Do you have children?

NF: Do I have children? No.

KC: Okay. Do you plan to have children?

NF: Eventually. Yeah.

KC: What do you think legislatively might come out of this meeting?

NF: I really don’t know. I’m not sure what the objectives of this meeting are exactly. I imagine the most pressing issue right now is getting ERA passed in South Carolina. So hopefully that will have some effect.

KC: Is it your understanding that this is what this meeting is about?

NF: I’m really not sure what this meeting’s about to tell you the truth. I mostly came for the workshops and I wasn’t quite sure of what the focus was going to be. Seems like one of the main focuses is promoting the delegates to the, what is it, the National Conference?

KC: Houston.

NF: Um-hum.

KC: Do you plan to vote for that? For the office?

NF: I suppose. I don’t really know who any of the women are, I’m not familiar with them, except one of them.

KC: Have you read any of the literature in the paper and magazine about the Women’s Commission or International Women’s Year?

NF: Not really, no.

KC: And you concentrate in healthcare for women? Why is it so important?

NF: Because seems to me that healthcare in America generally should be a whole lot better and specifically for women, and I can see it most specifically in the field of obstetrics, gynecology.

KC: Why is it that you would like to go into midwifery?

NF: Because it makes me absolutely boil the way childbirth and obstetrics is conducted in this country.

KC: I appreciate it very much. Is there anything else you’d like to add for the record?

NF: Not really.

End of Interview