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"The Answer to the Auxiliary Syndrome": Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) and Separate Organizing Strategies for Farm Women, 1976–1985

"The Answer to the Auxiliary Syndrome": Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) and Separate... "The Answer to the Auxiliary Syndrome" Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) and Separate Organizing Strategies for Farm Women, 1976­1985 jenny barker devine On the evening of 13 December 1976, more than seventy farm and ranch women from three states converged on the Fort Sidney Motor Hotel in the small panhandle city of Sidney, Nebraska. A short "squib" in the newspaper invited any interested person to join nine farm women from Cheyenne County, Nebraska to discuss recent downturns in agriculture, and to initiate a letter-writing campaign to President-elect Jimmy Carter. For Marilyn "Mickey" Spiker, one of the nine women from Cheyenne County, the response was overwhelming. The women had no political experience and no clearly defined mission aside from the letter-writing campaign. That evening, however, Spiker listened to them vent their "frustrations, and all of this resentment . . . They were on their feet, they were talking, and it made the meeting easy. We didn't have agenda one, but boy, we had a meeting." They chose a name, Women in Farm Economics, or WIFE, establishing a new organization for women to lobby state and federal officials on behalf of farm families.1 Unlike established, male-dominated farm organizations that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies University of Nebraska Press

"The Answer to the Auxiliary Syndrome": Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) and Separate Organizing Strategies for Farm Women, 1976–1985

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"The Answer to the Auxiliary Syndrome" Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) and Separate Organizing Strategies for Farm Women, 1976­1985 jenny barker devine On the evening of 13 December 1976, more than seventy farm and ranch women from three states converged on the Fort Sidney Motor Hotel in the small panhandle city of Sidney, Nebraska. A short "squib" in the newspaper invited any interested person to join nine farm women from Cheyenne County, Nebraska to discuss recent downturns in agriculture, and to initiate a letter-writing campaign to President-elect Jimmy Carter. For Marilyn "Mickey" Spiker, one of the nine women from Cheyenne County, the response was overwhelming. The women had no political experience and no clearly defined mission aside from the letter-writing campaign. That evening, however, Spiker listened to them vent their "frustrations, and all of this resentment . . . They were on their feet, they were talking, and it made the meeting easy. We didn't have agenda one, but boy, we had a meeting." They chose a name, Women in Farm Economics, or WIFE, establishing a new organization for women to lobby state and federal officials on behalf of farm families.1 Unlike established, male-dominated farm organizations that

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Frontiers: A Journal of Women StudiesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Feb 4, 2009

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