A Guide to the National Organization for Women, Austin Chapter Records, 1972-1986
Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) promotes equal rights and human rights for women politically, economically, and educationally throughout the United States and the world. As such, it has endeavored to eradicate discrimination, sexual harassment, sexism, and racism in the workplace, the educational system, the judicial system, and other areas of society. Concerned with elevating the status of women, the fair portrayal of women in the media, and social justice, NOW advocates at both the national and grass-roots levels, campaigning for the Equal Rights Amendment, abortion rights, and equal educational opportunities for women, as well as denouncing violence against women, sexual harassment, and sexual violence, among other issues. Established in 1973, the Austin, Texas, chapter of NOW furthers the goals of the national organization in Austin and works with national, state, and local organizations on issues of gender equality, affirmative action, abortion rights, and educational and health-related concerns in the Austin-area.
National Organization for Women. Accessed February 11, 2011. http://www.now.org/.
Composed of correspondence, notes, by-laws, minutes, printed materials, reports, and newspaper clippings, the National Organization for Women, Austin Chapter Records, 1972-1986, document the activities of the Austin NOW chapter during the 1970s and early 1980s. NOW newsletters, pamphlets, and printed materials comprise subject files on various aspects of women’s rights, including abortion rights, civil rights, immigration issues, job equality, women in the military, affirmative action, gay rights, and the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The records also include minutes of meetings, NOW’s by-laws, and reports on a multitude of feminist issues. Newspaper clippings pertain to women’s issues at the local and state-level, while correspondence between members of the Austin chapter and both the national NOW and local supporters in the Austin-area discuss integrating women’s issues in Austin into the larger agenda of the organization.
This collection is open for research use.
National Organization for Women, Austin Chapter Records, 1972-1986, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by by Shelley E.A. Leader, April 1982.
This collection contains unprocessed materials.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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