were scary times in America. We were in the cold war - people had rebelled
against our participation in Viet Nam and were not eagerly joining the
military. There was talk women might even be drafted. Kellie picked up
the paper and saw a picture with a bunch of college kids, with females
in front, angrily marching with signs that said, 'HELL, NO, WE WON'T GO.'
felt ashamed. It seemed unpatriotic. Washington's birthday was coming
up and she decided to have a counter-demonstration that day.
DEMONSTRATION HITS THE FRONT PAGES OF THE NEW YORK POST AND THE NEW YORK
Click on thumbnails to see and read original NY Post and NY Daily News
articles on Kellie's demonstrstion
IS THE BULK OF THE NEWS WORLD METROPOLITAN FRONT PAGE TO SHOW YOU WHAT
GOOD COMPANY KELLIE EVERTS WAS WITH: BOY SCOUTS AND CUB SCOUTS PATRIOTIC
PARADE AND THE WORLD FAMOUS STATUE OF THE RAISING OF THE FLAG AT IWO JIMA!
thumbnails to see full sized clippings.
the News World Metropolitan
New York, NY Tuesday February 19, 1980
wasn't anyone to help. She went out and got all the materials needed
for signs, which included cardboard placards and wooden sticks, staples
and staple gun, and pictures of Washington and Lincoln, little flags,
etc. She typed up literature and had it xeroxed and created all the
signs. She also got special Sousa music for the demonstration. Then
she walked through all the neighborhood putting up hundreds of signs
in extremely cold, windy weather. No one helped. She hoped people
would show up.
Then the Press. All the Press were contacted, and the New York Post,
one of the top three papers in New York, came to Kellie's apartment
and took photos (shown herein) and interviewed her.
The day of the demonstration went off tremendously well - but it took
Kellie some sweat to get people together. Few showed up, so Kellie
went into stores around the recruiting station and drafted people
with persuasion. Finally, enough to look good. Two television crews
were there for the nightly news! IT WAS A SUCCESS AND KELLIE PROVED
HER POINT, FOR GOD, COUNTRY, AND WOMEN.
Indeed, it was Patriotism and beyond. Women should have equal rights in
all spheres of life, including military. Why should it be dictated to
them by men what they can and can't do? If some women choose military
life before family, why should that be anyone's concern?
PHOTOS TAKEN BEFORE THE DEMONSTRATION STARTED, OF KELLIE
EVERTS IN RED, WHITE AND BLUE, DECLARING WITH DAUGHTER VIVIAN AND FRIENDS
THAT WOMEN WANT EQUAL RIGHTS TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY, THAT WE ARE STRONG
ENOUGH TO CARRY A GUN, AND UNCLE SAM WANTS WOMEN! THIS RALLY DISPLAYS
THE KELLIE EVERTS TALENT FOR FAST ORGANIZATION WITH IDEAS THAT WORK IN
thumbnails to read Kellie's original typed press release and handouts
Women For Equal Rights In The Defense Of Our Country demonstration
DEMONSTRATION YIELDS AMAZING PUBLICITY CONSIDERING KELLIE EVERTS HAD ONLY
FIVE DAYS TO PREPARE....TWO OF THE NEW YORK NIGHTLY NEWS STATIONS FEATURE
THE STORY....BILL BOGGS MIDDAY LIVE SHOW HAS KELLIE ON AS A SUPERPATRIOT.....KELLIE
GETS A MERIT CITATION FROM THE MARINES AND A THANK YOU LETTER FROM PRESIDENT
is a connection between President Jimmy Carter and Kellie Everts. He was
the President at the time of the demonstration. He is a born-again Christian
who let people know he has a REAL relationship with God. When Kellie did
the demonstration "Women for equal rights in the defense of ourcountry,"
he was in office and she received a kind letter from him in response to
To top it all off, he was the only President she'd seen in person. It
was in Philadelphia. She'd been campaigning for him on stage, and at night,
she and Paul Hendricks put up his posters all over Philly. She was told
by the campaign committee where he'd be speaking and saw him come out
of the building. That week she had a special red/white/blue floor length
gown made, of shiny material, with a red see-through robe with red/white/blue
cuffs and collar. She saw him, but he did not see her. It was winter;
about forty degrees, and she so wished he'd see her gown as she stayed
exposed for the occassion.