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Sex Discrimination / Government Program Controversy #490938

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 18, 1977
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(Studio) pioneering effort by government to help women advance in careers has been dropped, because 1st beneficiary of program is white.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Tactics of anti-submarine warfare haven't been regarded as women's work, so when oceanographer, Dr. Marilyn Andrulis, from Bethesda, Maryland, had trouble getting Defense Department contracts in field, government certified her as disadvantaged. She was notified of decision in June. [ANDRULIS - notes decision went through 7 layers of approval, and she understands it is considered best documented case of social barriers.] In September, however, she received notification that she'd been removed from list, because she and her husband are nonminority. Program administrator says Andrulis' race isn't sole factor in revocation of listing, but was one of those considered. [SBA adminr. A. Vernon WEAVER - notes agency gives instances of conditions that can be used as guidelines to indicate disadvantaged and that women not listed as example] Representative Joseph Addabbo begins hearings on Wednesday into contention that whites not supposed to be exclude from programs for disadvantaged. [ADDABBO - notes program rules say it's for small bus. people who are socially or economy disadvantaged, doesn't say it has to be for minority.] Admin. officials expected to contend in hearings that government has plenty of other programs to help women.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

Chancellor, John;
Stern, Carl

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