The Women of Ellensburg: The Story
Introduction to the Story of Ellensburg
When the International Women's Year state conferences were initiated, the mission to be served by these conferences seemed as clear as a smooth-running stream. By mid-1977, each state, including Washington, would sponsor a conference for all state women at which problems barring women from equality could be raised. Recommendations for removing these barriers would be passed, and delegates would be elected from each state to carry the recommendations to a national conference to be held in Houston just before Thanksgiving, 1977. What could be simpler?
As has become obvious, Washington's International Women's Year conference was everything but simple. By the time the IWY stream flowed into Washington State, it was running wildly, and it spawned a conference - and a controversy - just as wild.