Papers of NOW officer Elizabeth Farians, 1965-1973
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1.04 linear feet ((2+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder)
Folder headings are those of Farians unless otherwise noted; archivist's headings and notes are in square brackets. All printed material by or about Farians, as well as all printed material with annotations, has been kept in the collection. Other NOW publications and reports, except those created by Farians, were transferred to the NOW records in the Schlesinger Library. Non-NOW printed material produced by mainstream organizations and publications was discarded; leaflets and other ephemera of small, transient organizations were retained.
Farians taught Thomistic philosophy at the University of Dayton (Ohio), 1962-1964, with the understanding that she would eventually teach theology. She was fired when she reminded the administration of their promise. She then taught theology at Sacred Heart University in Bridgetown, Connecticut (1964-1967), but was fired by that institution as well, this time for inviting a young Vietnam War protestor who had burned his draft card to speak to her students. Next, she taught at Loyola University in Chicago (1968-1970), where her dismissal was due to her highly visible role as a feminist critic of the Catholic Church. She then served as director of the Women's Institute of the Boston Theological Institute (1971-1972), and in 1972, became a consultant for Women's Affairs and Social Concerns in Cincinnati.
Farians' political and social activities have covered a wide range of subjects. She has actively supported racial integration programs, efforts on behalf of animal rights and the abolition of the death penalty, and women's rights. She was a member of the national board of NOW from 1967-1972. A founder of NOW's Ecumenical Task Force on Women and Religion in 1966, she served as the task force chairman from 1966 to 1972. She was also a convener of NOW chapters in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Cincinnati. She was on the board of directors of Catholics for a Free Choice (1972-1975), and founder of the Joint Committee of Organizations Concerned with the Status of Women in the Church (1970).
Farians is the author and editor of several publications, including The Prophecy: A New Revolution (1973), The Double Cross: Writings on Women and Religion (1973), Selected Bibliography on Women and Religion 1964-1973 (1973), A Program of Women's Studies for Colleges and Universities (1971), and NOW Papers on Women and Religion (1970).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Elizabeth Farians between March 1972 and April 1973.
By: Johanna Carll
- Equal rights amendments--United States
- Feminism--United States
- Feminist theology--United States
- Feminists--United States
- Sex discrimination against women--United States
- Women and religion--United States
- Women in the Catholic Church--United States
- Women's rights--United States
- Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
- Women--Religious aspects
- Farians, Elizabeth. Papers of NOW officer Elizabeth Farians, 1965-1973: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- These papers were processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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