CBS Evening News for Friday, Jul 14, 1972
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(Studio) As part of Democrat reform, women play larger role at national convention
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Miami Beach, Florida) Women delegates met before convention began. [Representative Shirley CHISHOLM - notes power of women felt at conv.] [National Women's Caucus, Liz CARPENTER - lauds McGovern's reforms for making abundance of women delegates possible.] [MCGOVERN - says credit for presence of women goes to Adam and Eve.] [Representative Bella ABZUG - says by 1976 women will be in many places of power structure.] Controversial issues like abortion failed, however, to receive McGovern support, fearing Catholics would desert such a platform. [AK delegate Jennifer WILKE - says majority of Americans support abortion plank, but fear of pressure groups causes its lack of acceptance.] [California delegate, Shirley MACLAINE - says democracy is not idealistic, there have to be judgements made for more transcending priority to occur. South Carolina challenge on lack of women abandoned for sake of George McGovern's nomination, as California challenge depended on precedent.] [New York delegate, Gloria STEINEM - says women somewhat disillusioned because when women's cause thought dangerous, it was abandoned. Says she will campaign for McGovern.]
REPORTER: Marya McLaughlin
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