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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1254

Records of the United States National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, 1974-1978

Overview

Reports and guides written by the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, reports to the Commission by state commissions, correspondence, posters, press releases and other materials related to the Commission's efforts to advance the rights of women in conjunction with International Women's Year.

Dates

  • 1974-1978

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the United States Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year as well as 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.

Extent

7.3 linear feet ((18+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversize folder, 1 supersize folder)

The records of the United States National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year contain reports and guides written by the Commission, reports to the Commission by state commissions, correspondence, posters, press releases and other materials related to the Commission's efforts to advance the rights of women in conjunction with International Women's Year. Reports to the national commission by state commissions include reports on state commission activities, meeting minutes, delegate information, and clippings documenting local press coverage of state commission activities.

HISTORY

The United States National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year was a presidential commission created in 1975 by Gerald Ford to encourage "cooperative activity in the field of women's rights and responsibilities" in conjunction with International Women's Year. In its 1976 report to the United States President, "To Form a More Perfect Union...": Justice for American Women, the Commission focused on issues including domestic labor, the Equal Rights Amendment, child care, and reproductive rights. In 1977, the Commission organized the National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas. In 1978, the Commission presented its official conference report, The Spirit of Houston, to President Jimmy Carter. Included in the report was the National Plan of Action, a series of 26 planks designed to improve the status of women in American society. When the congressional statute extending President Ford's executive order establishing the Commission ended in March 1978, President Carter established the National Advisory Committee for Women to extend the Commission's work. It was disbanded in December 1980. A grassroots organization, the National Women's Conference Committee, was formed in the late-1970s and continued to advocate for the ideas presented in the National Plan of Action through the 1990s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 78-M31, 2008-M166

The records of the United States National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year were given to the Schlesinger Library by the United States National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year in 1978. Additional materials were transferred from the records of the Project on the Status and Education of Women in 2008.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Records of the Massachusetts Coordinating Committee for the National Observance of International Women's Year (1977), 1977-1978 (MC 1154) and Records of the National Women's Conference Committee, 1977-2000 (MC 1239) .

Processing Information

Processed: October 2023

By: Johanna Carll

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.

Title
United States. National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year. Records of the United States National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, 1974-1978: A Finding Aid
Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
eng
Sponsor
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.
EAD ID
sch02245

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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