Audiotape collection of Cynthia Rich and Barbara Macdonald, 1973-1990
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Copying. Audiotapes may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Separated from her husband in 1971, Rich met Barbara Macdonald, a retired social worker, at the Goddard Cambridge Graduate School. They co-authored Look Me in the Eye: Old Women, Aging and Ageism in 1983, a groundbreaking examination of ageism from a feminist perspective, which later appeared in two expanded editions (1991, 2001). Moving west in the 1980s, Rich and Macdonald helped organize protests of the Miss California pageants, and worked to end apartheid in South Africa, and in support of the United Farm Workers' 1989 grape boycott. In 1987 they served on the planning committee of the First West Coast Conference of Old Lesbians and were active in the subsequent Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, a Houston-based organization. An internationally recognized speaker, Macdonald lectured widely on ageism and feminism, including at the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women. She died June 15, 2000, of Alzheimer's disease. Rich was a member of Desert Waves, an affinity group protesting weapons testing in Nevada; the Women's Alliance, a group dedicated to giving a woman's perspective to the debate surrounding the Gulf war; and the Support Committee for Maquiladora Workers, among others.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These audiotapes were included with the papers of Cynthia Rich and Barbara Macdonald MC 505 that were given to the Schlesinger Library by Cynthia Rich in February and May 2002.
By: Melissa Dollman
- Rich, Cynthia. Audiotape collection of Cynthia Rich and Barbara Macdonald, 1973-1990: A Finding Aid
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