The Nation: What Next for US. Women

Houston produces new alliances and a drive for grass-roots power

The battle was over—and to the curators went the spoils. The blue-and-white lectern emblem proclaiming NATIONAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE 1977, which had hung for three hectic, fractious, exhilarating days in Houston, last week was headed for Washington's Smithsonian Institution. It will repose with such other memorabilia as the star-spangled banner that flew over Fort McHenry and Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis. And well it might. Over a weekend and a day, American women had reached some kind of watershed in their own history, and in that of...

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