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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1062

Records of Rock against Sexism, 1981-1993


Concert and workshop posters and flyers, an account book, statement of principles, lyrics, play lists, etc., of Rock Against Sexism.


  • Creation: 1981-1993

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Rock against Sexism is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.42 linear feet ((1file box) plus 1 folio+ folder, 2 objects)

Collection includes posters and flyers for music events and workshops, a statement of principles, suggested music playlists for nonsexist music, an account of income and disbursements for concerts, workshops, newsletters, and zines, etc. The organization also sold mix tapes and several content indexes are included in the collection, as well as lyrics to a number of songs written and performed by a band called Feminine Protection, which several members of Rock against Sexism were members of. Also included is a copy of a ticket for improper disposal of household trash that was likely received by Naomi Rubin from a police officer that often flirted with her, but whose advances were rebuffed. It is noted that the ticket went unpaid. A script from the organization's final event in 1993 is also included as well as material from a 1988 concert entitled Resist in Concert and organized by Refuse and Resist. Rock against Sexism took part in this event.


Rock against Sexism was a group of artists, musicians, and others that sought to fight sexism and heterosexism in rock culture by promoting women musicians and alternatives to mainstream rock music. The Boston group was founded in 1982, inspired by a similar movement in England. In addition to publicizing women's and nonsexist rock bands, the group held meetings and seminars, published a newsletter, and gave workshops to educate women about technology, equipment, and the music industry in general. It also held benefit concerts for local women's shelters, abortion rights groups, AIDS education, and other causes. The organization disbanded in December 1993.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 98-M168

The records of Rock against Sexism were given to the Schlesinger Library by Naomi Rubin in October 1998.

Processing Information

Processed: August 2020

By: Mark Vassar.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Rock against Sexism (Group: Boston, Mass.). Records of Rock Against Sexism 1982-1993: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Elsie Rodd Fund in the Schlesinger Library.

Repository Details

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