Women’s Work

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264281
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946033 | DOI:
Women’s Work

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As her time at Terminal Island ran down, Rita Brown's mind turned from the daily grind of the institution to her life after release. The most obvious question mark was DJ, who had been her girlfriend for three years at the time of her incarceration. Brown's question about the status of the relationship was answered ten days before she was released from Terminal Island, when she received a “Dear Jane” letter from DJ. Brown left the prison in April 1972, with five months of parole still ahead of her. She then decided to get her life in order. Brown went to the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), where she was certified as a “social deviant” eligible for rehabilitation money. With tuition from DVR, she went to Seattle Central Community College. In the summer of 1973, Brown and Therese Coupez formed a group to support women prisoners. They called it Women Out Now. This chapter recounts how Brown became a prison activist after her release from prison.

Keywords: Rita Brown; Terminal Island; Vocational Rehabilitation; Seattle Community College; Therese Coupez; Women Out Now; prison activist

Chapter.  3375 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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