Kathy Ortiz


As Interviewed by Ian Poe, March 11, 2016
"When I grew up, I thought there were only three kinds of jobs you could have if you were a woman: a nurse, a secretary, or a teacher. I couldn't even conceptualize anything else."
Kathy Ortiz

Introductory Profile: About Kathy Ortiz

I interviewed by maternal grandmother, Kathy Ortiz. She was born in 1949 in Providence, Rhode Island. When my mother was young, Kathy and her husband got divorced and my mother stayed with Kathy. For the next many years, Kathy lived in many different circumstances and settings until, in 2002, she married Antonio Ortiz. Today, she is a relaxed aging woman who participates in a number of activities, including a choir and teaching a mosaic class. She lives in Austin with Antonio and her two cats. She is an aging woman with a kind face and even kinder intentions. She can turn any bad day around and always notices a deeper meaning.

In this interview, Kathy talks about her time as a woman before, during, and after the Women’s Movement, and how she participated in the struggle for Women’s Rights. We also discuss her emotions and feelings about Women’s Rights, how far we have come in the struggle for equality, and how far we still need to go. We focused on the struggle for Women’s Rights. Throughout the interview, Kathy had a positive attitude about the progress toward equality, and articulately stated her thoughts about Women’s Rights.