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Janette Pratt oral history interview, April 16, 1997

 Item — othertype: Oral History
Identifier: W008_PrattJ_19970416

Scope and Contents

Interviewed by Joyce Durand. Pratt talks about her working class childhood and youth in Lancashire, England. An only child, born late in her parents’ marriage, she remembers post-WWII rationing and bomb damage. She attended the London School of Economics which she says was considered “England’s Berkeley,” because of its radical reputation. She chose to study law because “nobody had -- in my little world -- had ever heard of a woman doing that…It was an act of rebellion, really.” After graduation, Pratt recounts that she came to the United States to attend graduate school, and then went on to teach, first in Chicago (where she married one of her students) and then in Boston. She came to Atlanta when her husband was offered a job. Encouraged by her feminist mother in law, Pratt joined the Atlanta chapter of NOW, and volunteered to edit the organization’s newsletter. She describes her trips to national NOW conferences, and the issues that were important to her, such as exclusion of women from all-male clubs. After the defeat of the ERA, Pratt considers that the main problem for the Women’s Movement was the faction of fiercely radical feminists, who would not allow for the possibility that women would choose to stay at home and raise families, and who encouraged the negative connotations of the word “feminist.” She believes that the movement should have taken a more mainstream role. Pratt ends by discussing issues that are important for women today: she believes that women’s approach to the issue of sexual harassment is one that needs careful consideration.


  • Creation: April 16, 1997


Restriction on Access

Oral history available for research in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room.

Biographical Note

Janette B. Pratt was born in Bury, Lancashire, England in 1947. While attending London University, she received a LLB and LLM degree as well as becoming a certified mediator. During the 1960s, Pratt was involved in a number of protests and demonstrations. She moved to Atlanta in 1974 and soon after both Pratt and her husband joined Atlanta NOW. Pratt served as newsletter editor and secretary of the Atlanta NOW chapter. Today, Pratt serves as Administrative Professor for field placement at Emory Law School.


2 item(s) (transcript (47 pages) audio (1:23:53 duration))

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

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