June 21-27, 1971 - Road Trip and Feminist Conference
San Francisco to Detroit
We squeezed six bodies into a VW van with seating for two and no air conditioning, sleeping on open ground for four nights to get to a nationally announced feminist conference in Detroit. We thought we were trekking 2400 miles to learn new strategies and share ideas. Two women in our group had just launched a local feminist newspaper, "Motherlode."  They’d brought copies and handed one to everyone at the conference, including the marquee speaker Robin Morgan. The lead story was the first publication of Judy Brady Syfers’ satirical essay, the same one she'd read at the Strike for Equality Rally, now retitled "Why I Want A Wife." The conference turned out to be more of a low-key local event than the world-changing symposium we'd imagined. Initially, it hadn’t seemed worth the trip. But six months after the conference, when Ms magazine published its premier issue, "Why I Want A Wife" was in it. Fifty years later, it’s one of the most remembered and reprinted articles from the period.
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