In 1977 in Houston, TX, thousands of women took part in the first and only National Women’s Conference mandated by Congress. Some of us from the Wages for Housework Campaign worked with the leaders of the National Welfare Rights Organization to win a historic resolution. It rejected workfare and called for welfare to be considered a wage, not charity. For the past 40 years we have campaigned to get what was won at Houston implemented, and we are now coordinating the National Welfare and Caregivers Network.
We are appealing for help to get to the 40th anniversary event, National Women’s Conference: Taking 1977 into the 21st Century, in Houston Nov. 6-7. Our delegation has been accepted to present on a panel “Women, Welfare and Poverty: Back to the Grassroots.”