A Guide to the National Organization for Women, Dallas County Chapter Records, 1972-1983
Founded in 1972, the Dallas County Chapter of the National Organization for Women (Dallas County NOW) sought out equal rights for women in all aspects of public life, including employment, education, and legislation, by promoting freedom from discrimination due to marital status, parenthood, sexuality, and other factors. Some of the activities of the chapter’s taskforces and committees focused on reforming the image of women in the media; the concerns of divorced women and single mothers; state education and sexism in textbooks; the Equal Rights Amendment and its opposition; and issues concerning criminal justice and rape. Dallas County NOW also worked with other Dallas-area organizations to promote women’s rights and developed the Dallas’s Women Week, a series of events and panels discussing legal rights and other issues.
Arranged chronologically, the correspondence, by-laws, membership lists, flyers, press releases, and legislation in the National Organization for Women (NOW), Dallas County Chapter Records, 1972-1983, chronicle the chapter’s involvement in local, state, and national women’s issues. The records document the taskforces and committees of the chapter and focus on such topics as abortion, state education, the Equal Rights Amendment, rape, credit and insurance, employment, health, childcare, sexuality and lesbianism, women in the arts, volunteerism, and Dallas’ Women’s Week. Correspondence, press releases, and flyers from the national NOW as well as notes and programs from the Texas and national NOW conferences illustrate the chapter’s compliance with national rules and support for efforts to influence national and state politics. Correspondence with Dallas-area and Dallas County civic and political leaders demonstrate the Dallas County NOW’s involvement in local political issues, including the appointment of female parole commissioners, the attitudes towards women by city councilpersons, and the development of a Dallas Women’s Week. Furthermore, the correspondence and printed material illuminate the collaboration of the Dallas County NOW with the Dallas County Women’s Political Caucus, Dallas County’s Women Coalition, and Women’s Equity Action League, among others.
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National Organization for Women, Dallas County Chapter Records, 1972-1983, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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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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