“What we argued for was, after all, just an equal opportunity.

…a newly published book by

…a newly published book by

Lois Kathryn Herr

Author, Executive, Feminist

Searching for 

Equal Opportunity

For Women

In Corporate and Political Life

Author, Executive, Feminist

Searching for 

Equal Opportunity

For Women

In Corporate and Political Life

Women, Power, and AT&T: Winning Rights in the Workplace

   A fight for equal opportunity took place in the 70s at the intersection of the country’s largest corporation (AT&T), women’s rights activists (NOW), and Government’s major efforts to enforce equal opportunity. The outcome forced corporations to change employment practices and motivated women to challenge sexist employment practices across the country.

   Changing the behavior of the corporation did not come easily, and this protracted battle lasted three years. Herr explains in this book how NOW and AT&T women pressured the company while the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a fledgling government agency formally challenged AT&T. AT&T was the perfect target, being in fact the largest corporate employer in the US and considered a leader in corporate management and social responsibility at the time. Herr thoroughly examines the role played by feminists in the case and explains how the resulting Consent Decree set in place groundbreaking changes in how companies were to treat their female and minority employees. Herr reveals how a government working for people took a strong stand against sexist corporate behavior and provides an insider’s view of life in the midst of this time of change.

About the Author

Lois Kathryn Herr

   Growing up in the fifties steered Herr in a traditional direction – teaching, and then technical editing. Her growing awareness of feminism and her involvement with the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women led her to activism inside and outside her corporate life. After the EEOC and AT&T case was settled, Herr took off on her own career, including a year in Washington on a special assignment to the Office of Management and Budget. Her 26-year career in telecommunications included line and staff jobs in Bell Laboratories, AT&T, New York Telephone, and NYNEX. After retiring from the corporation, Herr bought and managed a farm near where she was born in Pennsylvania, returned to her undergraduate college as a teacher and administrator, and became involved in politics, including several runs for public office.

   In addition to this book, originally published in 2003, Herr authored Dear Coach: Letters Home From WW II (2009), and Dear Woman of My Dreams (2016). She holds an MBA (Fordham University), an MA in English (University of Pennsylvania), and a BA (Elizabethtown College). She is working on a memoir about her experiences breaking into the male dominated upper levels of management. 

   See www.loisherr.com for additional information.

Learn about the second wave women’s rights movement and the personal experiences that led Lois to write this book. Listen to an interview with her posted by the Veteran: Feminists of America.

Read about her other books – Dear Coach: Letters Home from WW II and Dear Woman of My Dreams  – at www.loisherr.com

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Product Details

6x9 FrontBook - LoisKathrynHerr - Book 1

Kindle

$ 2.99
  • File Size: 2691 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B085VG972R

PAPERBACK

$ 9.99
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1647532426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1647532420

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