Reporter: Kaufman, Monica.
In this WSB newsfilm clip from October 22, 1975, reporter Monica Kaufman interviews Mary Hartman of Macon, Georgia about plans for the "Alice Doesn't Day" strike organized by the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.).
The clip begins with images from a park. Several women walk down the street; some carry boxes or purses. A woman and her children picnic under a tree while in the background cars drive past the park. Next, African American reporter Monica Kaufman interviews Mary Hartman in her home. During the interview, the women speak about the upcoming "Alice Doesn't Day," scheduled for October 29, 1975. The National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) had organized "Alice Doesn't Day" as a time for women across the country to refrain from their usual work in order to show the nation the impact of women and the work they do. Hartman speaks of the potential impact of "Alice Doesn't Day" and recognizes that by its nature, the strike has the potential to drastically affect businesses. Hartman's comment is not completely recorded. After a break in the clip, Kaufman asks if Hartman thinks husbands and businesses will take the strike seriously. Hartman replies she believes men may have to take the strike seriously because it is a serious issue. She explains the strike is trying to encourage recognition that women and the work they do are a valuable part of society. The official goals of the strike include recognition and societal improvements, including equal pay, "equal opportunity, better working conditions, and full realization of women as people." Hartman concludes by emphasizing that the strike is not a joke. After the interview, the camera focuses on a button on Kaufman's shirt. The button has the slogan, "Alice doesn't...anywhere, anymore! Join the women's strike." The clip ends with Kaufman standing in the park seen earlier. She explains that movement leaders in Macon have organized a rally at Central City Park to help draw attention to the strike.
The National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) organized "Alice Doesn't Day" on October 29, 1975 as a way to draw attention to the work women do in society. The name of the strike was taken from a 1974 movie entitled "Alice doesn't live here anymore" which portrayed female independence and agency. The strike struggled to reach a large number of participants. Many women could not afford to leave their jobs while others could not ignore responsibilities to their families.
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