The Women of Ellensburg
This report about the Washington State IWY Conference fulfills one of the
objectives of the Washington State Coordinating Committee - to make available
the issues and events of the State Conference for Women. Even before the conference
took place, the Coordinating Committee agreed that such a report, placed in
the hands of conference participants, legislators, the media, women's groups,
and the general public, would be an invaluable educational tool in understanding
the barriers that prevent women in the State of Washington from full participation
in our national society. The controversial nature of the conference has made the
necessity for this report even more profound.
The Women of Ellensburg is an attempt to deal with the conference information in a
comprehensive way. The issues and concerns identified are "unfinished business"
in our society that are becoming pluralistic. Diversity of opinion surrounding
this report is recognized. However, the conference format provided a platform for
people with different opinions to have their say.
It is hoped that knowledge gained from this report will support the conference
theme, "Evaluating Our Strengths - Setting Our Goals - Preparing For Action." It
is further hoped that this report will bring greater understanding of women as
they strive for full citizenship, full participation, and full equality in our
On behalf of the Washington State Coordinating Committee, I wish to express the
committee's deep gratitude to Jean Withers and her staff, whose assistance and
hard work in writing this report is recognized. To all the thousands of participants
and contributors, our heartfelt thanks. It is indeed a pleasure to have served as
Chairperson for the Washington State Coordinating Committee, and I express my high
regard for the cooperation and support for the committee members, their dedication
and work in making possible the success of ihe conference.
Washington State Coordinating Committee
International Women's Year