Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of the National Women's Conference
November 18 - 21, 1977
The Sam Houston Coliseum, now the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, was the site of the first National Women's Conference held on November 18th through 21st, 1977. It was the largest political conference of women in the United States since the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. The conference was a call for unity to address the discrimination of women. Approximately 2,000 voting delegates from fifty states and six territories participated in the conference along with an additional 15,000 to 20,000 observers. They gathered to consider a "National Plan of Action" to improve the lives of women. Dignitaries attending the conference included Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalyn Carter, Loretta Scott King, Texas politicians William P. Hobby, Jr. and Barbara Jordan along with well-known American political activists Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, and Billie Jean King.
On March 22, 1978, the "National Plan of Action" was delivered to President Carter in a White House ceremony. The report was entitled "The Spirit of Houston: The First National Women's Conference." The report identified barriers and included recommendations on topics such as the Equal Rights Amendment, reproductive rights, sexual orientation, and the national healthcare system. The following month, President Carter established the National Advisory
By Brian Anderson, May 10, 2018
1. Site of the National Women's Conference Marker
Committee for Women. The Senate also granted a three-year extension for the ratification by a majority of States of the Equal Rights Amendment which, ultimately, failed. Despite opposition, this unprecedented move was viewed as a major post-conference achievement. Overall, the conference contributed significantly to the social and cultural development of Houston and the country. The National Women's Conference is recognized as a major event in the women's movement and the "National Action Plan" helped establish the women's equality agenda for future generations that endures to this day.
By Brian Anderson, May 10, 2018
2. Site of the National Women's Conference Marker
Erected 2015 by City of Houston.
Location. 29° 45.67′ N, 95° 22.185′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Bagby Street and Walker Street, on the right when traveling west on Bagby Street. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 Bagby Street, Houston TX 77002, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1928 Democratic National Convention (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Houston City, Republic of Texas (about 500 feet away); Thomas William House (about 500 feet away); Sam Houston Park (about 700 feet away); San Felipe Cottage (was about 700 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Pillot House (was about 700 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Houston Public Library (about 800 feet away); Julia Ideson Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Categories. • Politics • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 12, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 12, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.