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Jeri Frederick - ERA Fight in Illinois

Jeri Frederick was a young college student at Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois when she began working for the local chapter of the National Organization for Women. Over the next two years, NOW fought an extended battle, trying to convince the Illinois State Legislature to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. Springfield became the epicenter of the ERA fight in the United States. Frederick attended a rally in Detroit (protesting at the Republican National Convention in 1980), and pro-ERA rallies in Chicago and Springfield, and talks about her disappointment when ERA was finally defeated in early 1982

Interview Links

Feature Excerpt

ERA in Grass

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Growing up in Springfield area and early career

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

ERA fight from 1980 to 1982 from the perspective of IL NOW

Transcript


Photos

Caption:
Paternal grandparents Ace and Minnie Frederick, circa 1946.

Where:
Unknown

When:
circa 1946

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Al Frederick holds his daughter Jeri, in 1956.

Where:
Unknown

When:
1956

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Jeri, age three, sits in her mother’s lap on Christmas Eve, 1959.

Where:
Unknown

When:
1959

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Jeri Frederick, in the center, with high school friends Suzi White and Pricilla McClain in 1974.

Where:
Unknown

When:
1974

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Jeri Frederick, with some friends at Southeast High School. 1st-Karla Springer, Jannie Winkler, Danielle Zellars, Micki Logsdon, Jeri, Pam Scott, 2nd-Dennis Chavours, Fran Tally, Marty Scanlan, Stephen Archie, in Springfield, in 1974.

Where:
Southeast High School, Springfield, Illinois

When:
1974

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Maternal grandparents, Louise and Melvin Engel, in their Springfield home at Christmas time.

Where:
Springfield, Illinois

When:
Unknown

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
ERA bumper sticker dating from the early 1980s.

Where:
Unknown

When:
early 1980s

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption:
An ERA bumper sticker dating from the early 1980s.

Where:
Unknown

When:
Early 1980s

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption:
Norman Lear and Phil Donohue were among the many celebrities that attended the Chicago ERA rally in May, 1980.

Where:
Chicago, Illinois

When:
May, 1980

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo


Caption

Jeri Frederick, on the left, at the ERA rally in Chicago at Soldier’s Field in May, 1980. The event was designed to put a spotlight on the Illinois state legislature’s failure to pass ERA.

Where:

Soldier’s Field, Chicago

When:

May, 1980

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Marlo Thomas talks to another ERA supporter at an ERA rally at Soldier’s Field in Chicago in May, 1980.

Where:

Soldier’s Field, Chicago

When:

May, 1980

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Jeri attended an ERA rally in Chicago in May, 1980 at Soldier’s Field. Marlo Thomas (clapping), Norman Lear, and other Hollywood stars were in attendance.

Where:

Soldier’s Field, Chicago

When:

May, 1980

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

ERA supporters gathered in Detroit Michigan at the Lewis Convention Center on July 14, 1980, where the Republican National Convention was being held.

Where:

Detroit Michigan at the Lewis Convention Center

When:

July 14, 1980

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

A pro-ERA rally was held in Springfield, Illinois in June 30, 1981. Representative Doug Kane was one of the speakers.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

June 30, 1981

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

The Illinois state legislature had only one more year to pass ERA. Seated from left to right are Judy Goldsmith, NOW Vice President, actress Esther Rolle, Addie Wyatt of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, and actress Patty Duke Astin.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

June 30, 1981

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Betty Ford spoke at the ERA rally held in Springfield, Illinois on June 30, 1981.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

June 30, 1981

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Wilma Scott Heide, a feminist with the Women’s Studies program at Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois, attended an ERA rally, circa June, 1981.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

Circa June, 1981

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Al Frederick (Jeri’s father), with Jeri’s niece, Lisa Burnett, came out to support ERA at the Springfield, Illinois rally on June 30, 1981.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

June 30, 1981

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Melba Frederick, Jeri’s mother, sits in the foreground at the ERA rally in Springfield in June, 1981. It was her first ERA rally.

Where:

Springfield , Illinois

When:

June, 1981

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Jeri and father Al Frederick at her father’s first ERA rally on July 30, 1981 in Springfield.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

July 30, 1981

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

A pro-ERA rally on the Capitol steps in Springfield, Illinois, June, 1981.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

June, 1981

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Jeri Frederick at the ERA rally held in Springfield, Illinois in June, 1981.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

June, 1981

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Ellie Smeal, National Organization for Women President, at a pro-ERA event, circa 1981.

Where:

Pro-ERA event

When:

Circa 1981

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

A collection of ERA Buttons.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

These items are considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

A collection of ERA Buttons.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

These items are considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

A collection of ERA Buttons.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

These items are considered to be in the public domain.



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