Language of Materials
As of November 2015, written permission of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is no longer required for access to folders #1.5-2.3.
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1.46 linear feet ((3+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 photograph folder)
Series I, Personal (#1.1-1.4), contains correspondence, reports, and clippings. Most of the materials are related to Bonk's involvement in the feminist movement as an individual, not as part of an organization. Of particular interest is a folder of correspondence concerning speeches given by Bonk, as well as various panels on which she served.
Series II, National Organization for Women (NOW) (#1.5-2.3), contains correspondence, reports, printed material, photographs, clippings, etc., concerning media coverage of NOW's activities, particularly the Equal Rights Amendment campaign. There are correspondence, invoices, and photographs concerning the print and television advertisements produced by NOW for the ERA campaign.
Series III, NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund (NOW LDEF) (#2.4-2.13), contains correspondence, legal briefs, reports, printed material, and notes by Bonk about NOW LDEF's efforts to obtain equal pay for women. There is also a folder concerning Christine Kraft v. Metromedia, Inc. , a sexual discrimination case against a Kansas City media group.
Series IV, Linda Anguiano Papers (2.14-3.6), contains correspondence, agendas, attendance lists, and Anguiano's notes. Anguiano was the contact person for the Women's PR Group, of which Bonk was also a member. Most of the records in this series relate to the Women's PR Group's meetings.
Folder headings are those of Bonk unless otherwise noted; archivist's headings and notes are in square brackets. All printed material by or about Bonk, as well as all printed material with annotations, has been kept in the collection. Other NOW publications and reports, except those created by Bonk, 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.
Bonk is currently the President and Executive Director of the Communications Consortium Media Center. In 1999, she coauthored The Jossey-Bass Guide to Strategic Communications for Nonprofits.
- Series I. Personal (#1.1-1.4)
- Series II. National Organization for Women (NOW) (#1.5-2.3)
- Series III. NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund (NOW LDEF) (#2.4-2.13)
- Series IV. Linda Anguiano Papers (2.14-3.6)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Kathy Bonk in February 1991.
By: Johanna Carll
- Equal pay for equal work--United States
- Equal rights amendments--United States
- Feminism--United States
- Feminists--United States
- Pay equity--United States
- Press and politics--United States
- Sex discrimination against women--United States
- Sex discrimination in employment--United States
- Women's rights--United States
- Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
- Bonk, Kathy, 1953- . Papers of NOW officer Kathy Bonk, 1975-1988: 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.
- EAD ID
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