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Feminists

August 02, 1985

Eleanor Smeal's initial remark upon being elected president of the National Organization of Women, as she embraced her family, "I know feminists aren't suppose to do this sort of thing--but what the heck," alienates a broad spectrum of the public who don't feel an inconsistency in being a feminist and being a loving mother and/or wife.

As a leader of women, how can she imply that the basic human instinct of loving your family be inherently wrong if you are a feminist.

Women need a national organization with strong and effective leadership providing unbiased representation. Eleanor Smeal might consider that if her statement reflects a basic NOW attitude, my opinion is no matter how much legislation she helps enact, she and her organization are failures.

SHARON GATES

North Hollywood

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