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Allie Corbin Hixson

December 10, 2010 in 1960s-1970s, Political history, Social history

Allie Corbin Hixson was born in 1924 and is the founding chair of the ERA summit.  She earned her PhD at the University of Louisville in English.  Hixson was the first woman to accomplish this, yet she was denied a full time teaching job.  “The dean of the college said he only had full-time salary for men and that she already had a job as a wife and mother”.  I find this absolutely appalling, it’s hard to believe now that this kind of statement would ever be said without a lawsuit coming out of it.  But, before the women’s movement these kind of statements were almost seen as normal and followed norms of the society.

Hixson co-organized the Kentucky Pro-ERA alliance which helped Indiana ratify the ERA.  She also traveled around the country to give lectures and help organize other state’s ERA groups.  Hixson led the Kentucky’s delegation to the National Women’s conference in Houston, TX in 1977.  Along with many other accomplishments to advance the rights of women in Kentucky.

I gathered most of my information from the book “Feminists who changed America’.  I find it extremely interesting how many great women have come out of Kentucky to help women throughout our history.  The 1970s is an especially interesting decade because of all the other political activities going on throughout our country.  I think it is quite admirable to see how these women have shaped not only our state but also our country to fight for equality.

http://books.google.com/books?id=kpNarH7t9CkC&pg=PA315&lpg=PA315&dq=1970s+Women’s+movement+lexington+ky&source=bl&ots=WmAvo8NEl8&sig=Xr_gn-CL7vQ7xw69Nv4VJ3_5TfY&hl=en&ei=MYQCTciyDMH6lweP7oG9CQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Kentucky&f=false

3 responses to Allie Corbin Hixson

  1. I can’t imagine being denied employment after working so hard towards a PhD. Instead of dwelling on her misfortune, she took action and began to organize women to stop this injustice. We should continue to do so today.

  2. I bet the dean would not like to hear Allie’s job description of wife and mother. I wonder how women in her time expressed sarcasm. Most likely it was considered bad behavior.

  3. its amazing to see that she was told “he only had full time salary for men” and not even the fact that there wasn’t full time salary available. it is good to see however, that she still went on to become successful rather than rolling over and submitting!

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