International Women's Year Conference Collection
1977
6 boxes (2.75 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 510

Abstract

After 1975 was designated as the first International Women’s Year by the United Nations, later extended to a decade, President Carter created a National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year. A national women’s conference was proposed and funded by the U.S.Congress, the first and only time the federal government funded a nationwide women’s conference. A series of state meetings were held throughout 1977 to elect delegates to the national conference and to identify goals for improving the status of women over the next decade.

This collection consists of state reports prepared and submitted to the National Commission for the Observance of International Women’s Year. Reports include details about the election of national delegates, topics of workshops held at the meetings, and resolutions adopted by individual states.

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International Women's Year Conference Collection
1977
6 boxes (2.75 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 510

Background on the International Women's Year Conference

IWY printed material

IWY printed material

The year 1975 was named International Women’s Year by the United Nations with the intent of recognizing the contributions of women in society and making progress towards equality of the sexes around the world. In response, President Ford issued Executive Order No. 11832, calling for the creation of the National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year, and Congress passed Public Law 94-167, commissioning and funding a National Women’s Conference. The bill allocated five million dollars of federal funding to organize the NWC, as well as smaller state and regional meetings.

Throughout 1977, the state meetings were held in preparation for the NWC. These state meetings shared objectives in accordance with Public Law 94-167: celebrating women's contributions; bringing women together, especially a group representative of the state’s diversity, to discuss issues affecting women; voting on actions and resolutions, particularly those proposed by the National Commission; and electing delegates to represent the state at the NWC in November 1977. Each meeting and its resolutions were summarized in a final report submitted to the National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year.

Results of the meetings differed widely from state to state, as did their receptions. Some meetings were met with a positive and hopeful attitude from their constituents, while others were fraught with anger and controversy. The first of their kind, these events were well attended by women ready to fight for their interests and opinions. Despite initial hopes that these women’s conferences would become annual events, without funding such meetings have not been held on this nationwide scale since 1977.

Contents of Collection

This collection consists of final reports from twenty-one state and regional conferences held in the summer preceding the National Women’s Convention. The reports from each state vary in their degree of detail. Some reports include key background information, final resolutions and election results. Other reports are much more extensive, containing programs, minutes, transcripts, surveys and virtually all records pertaining to the event. These reports serve as a useful survey of the political climate and attitude towards the women's movement in each region at the time.

Collection inventory
American Samoa: Final Report
1977 June 17-18

Box 1: 1
District of Columbia: Final Report
1977 June-July

Box 1: 2
Florida: Final Report
1977 July 15-17

Box 1: 3
Idaho: Final Report - Program
1977 May-June

Box 1: 4
Idaho: Final Report - Voting Recommendations and Delegates
1977 May 20-21

Box 1: 5
Idaho: Final Report - Minutes and Rules
1977 May 20-22

Box 1: 6
Idaho: Final Report - Workshops
1977 Mar-May

Box 1: 7
Idaho: Final Report - Workshops
1977 Mar-May

Box 1: 7
Idaho: Final Report - Public Program
1977 May 20-22

Box 1: 8
Idaho: Final Report - Minority Opinions
1977 May 20-24

Box 1: 9
Idaho: Final Report - Participant Comments
1977 May 13-June 6

Box 1: 10
Idaho: Final Report - Coordinating Committee
1977 May

Box 1: 11
Idaho: Final Report - Communications
1977 Mar-May

Box 1: 12
Idaho: Final Report - Registration, forms, fiscal report
1977 May 20-22

Box 1: 13
Indiana State Meeting Vol. I
1977 Mar-Aug

Box 1: 14
Indiana State Meeting Vol. II
1977 Mar-Aug

Box 1: 15
Maine: Final Report - Intro, resolutions
1977 June 17-July 15

Box 2: 1
Maine: Final Report - Appendices B-G
1977 Mar-July

Box 2: 2
Maine: Final Report - Appendices H-N
1977 June-July

Box 2: 3
Maine: Final Report - Appendices O-U
1977 May-June

Box 2: 4
Maine: Final Report - Appendices V-X
1977 May-June

Box 2: 5
Maryland: Final Report
1977 June 12-13

Box 2: 6
Montana: Final Report - Evaluation, comments
1977 July 10-Aug 5

Box 2: 7
Montana: Final Report
1977 June-July

Box 2: 8
Montana: Final Report - Appendix A, "How Montana State Meeting evolved"
1977 Mar-Apr

Box 2: 9
Montana: Final Report - Appendix B, Task Forces
1977 July

Box 2: 10
Montana: Final Report - Appendices C-D, Publicity, program
1977 July

Box 2: 11
Mississippi: Final Report
1977 July 8-9

Box 2: 12
Mississippi: Final Report - Plenary Meetings
1977 July 8-9

Box 2: 13
Mississippi: Final Report - Minority Caucus Recommendations
1977 July 16

Box 2: 14
Mississippi: Final Report - Workshops
1977 July 8-9

Box 2: 15
Mississippi: Final Report - News Clippings
1977 Apr - July

Box 2: 16
Nevada: Report
1977 Apr-July

Box 2: 17
Nevada: Final Report - Program, brochures
1977 June 17-19

Box 2: 18
New Jersey: Final Report - Intro, table of Contents
1977 June

Box 2: 19
New Jersey: Final Report - Registration, programs
1977 June 17-19

Box 2: 20
New Jersey: Final Report - Keynote speech, rules
1977 June 17-19

Box 2: 21
New Jersey: Final Report - Workshop notes
1977 June 17-19

Box 2: 22
New Jersey: Final Report - Resolutions
1977 June 17-19

Box 3: 1
New Jersey: Final Report - Elected delegates
1977 June 13-19

Box 3: 2
New Jersey: Final Report - Minutes
1977 June 17-19

Box 3: 3
New Jersey: Final Report - Advance notification
1977 June 17-19

Box 3: 4
New Jersey: Final Report - Publicity and News clippings
1977 Mar-July

Box 3: 5
New Mexico: Businessowner's Conference- Final Report
1975 Nov-1976 Mar

Box 3: 6
New Mexico: Final Report - Summary and Photos
1977 June 3-Aug 23

Box 3: 7
New Mexico: Final Report - By-laws
1977 June 3-5

Box 3: 8
New Mexico: Final Report - Arrangements Committee Report
1977 Mar-July

Box 3: 9
New Mexico: Final Report - Outreach and Communications Committee Report
1977 Jan-July

Box 3: 10
New Mexico: Final Report - Outreach and Communications Report - News clippings
1977 Jan-July

Box 3: 11
New Mexico: Final Report - Program Committee Report
1977 June 14

Box 3: 12
New Mexico: Final Report - Credentials Committee Report
1977 June 2

Box 3: 13
New Mexico: Final Report - Nominating Committee Report
1977 Apr-June

Box 3: 14
New Mexico: Final Report - Voter Registration
1977 June 4

Box 3: 15
New Mexico: Final Report - Election Results, Delegates and Bios
1977 June 3-5

Box 3: 16
New Mexico: Final Report - Plenary session minutes I
1977 June 3-5

Box 3: 17
New Mexico: Final Report - Pleanary session minutes II
1977 June 3-5

Box 3: 18
New Mexico: Final Report - Resolutions
1977 June 3-5

Box 3: 19
New Mexico: Final Report - Minority Resolutions
1977 June 3-5

Box 3: 20
New Mexico: Final Report - Workshop leader instructions
1977 May-June

Box 3: 21
New Mexico: Final Report - Historical Committee Report
1977 July 27

Box 3: 22
New York: Transcript of Plenary Session
1977 July 9

Box 3: 23
New York: Transcript of Plenary Session (2 pt.1)
1977 July 10

Box 3: 24
New York: Transcript of Plenary Session (2 pt.2)
1977 July 10

Box 3: 25
New York: Final Report - Resolutions
1977 July 9-Oct 10

Box 4: 1
New York: Final Report - Program
1977 July 8-9

Box 4: 2
New York: Final Report - Outreach
1977 July 8-10

Box 4: 3
New York: Final Report - Outreach- Genesee Region Women's Meeting
1977 June 4

Box 4: 4
New York: Final Report - Registration
1977 July 8-10

Box 4: 5
New York: Final Report - Child Care
1977 July 8-10

Box 4: 6
New York: Final Report - Nominations
1977 June-July

Box 4: 7
New York: Final Report - Elections
1977 July 8-10

Box 4: 8
New York: Final Report - Entertainment
1977 July-Aug

Box 4: 9
New York: Final Report - Publicity
1977 Mar-July

Box 4: 10
New York: Final Report - News clippings (pt. 1)
1977 Mar-June

Box 4: 11
New York: Final Report - News clippings (pt. 2)
1977 June-July

Box 4: 12
New York: Final Report - News clippings (pt. 3)
1977 July

Box 4: 13
New York: Final Report - Photos
1977 July 8-10

Box 4: 14
New York: Final Report - Minority Reports
1977 July-Sept

Box 4: 15
New York: Final Report - Evaluations
1977 July

Box 4: 16
North Dakota: Final Report
1977 June 3-5

Box 4: 17
North Dakota: Final Report - News clippings
1976 Dec-1977 June

Box 4: 18
North Dakota: Final Report - Gov. Speech, rules, program, registration
1977 June 3-5

Box 4: 19
Oklahoma: Final Report - Table of Contents, Preface
1977 July 18

Box 4: 20
Oklahoma: Final Report - Report of the Chair
1977 Feb-July

Box 4: 21
Oklahoma: Final Report - Introduction
1976 Dec-1977 June

Box 4: 22
Oklahoma: Final Report - Recommendations
1977 June 16-18

Box 4: 23
Oklahoma: Final Report - Report of the Resolutions Committee Chair
June 1977

Box 4: 24
Oklahoma: Final Report - Actions on Resolutions
1977 June 18

Box 4: 25
Oklahoma: Final Report - Resolutions submitteed prior to OWC
1977 June 16-17

Box 4: 26
Oklahoma: Final Report - Representative IWY Caucus
1977 June 28

Box 4: 27
Oklahoma: Final Report - Statement of Disassociation by Oklahoma IWY Members
1977 July 6

Box 4: 28
Oklahoma: Final Report - Pre-Conference Publicity
1977 June-July

Box 4: 29
Oklahoma: Final Report - Program, Report of the Program Committee
1977 May-July

Box 4: 30
Oklahoma: Final Report - Arrangements
1977 June

Box 4: 31
Oklahoma: Final Report - Rules Committee Report
1977 June 16-18

Box 4: 32
Oklahoma: Final Report - Selection of the Oklahoma Delegation
1977 Apr-July

Box 4: 33
Oklahoma: Final Report - Report of the Parlimentarian
1977 June 29

Box 5: 1
Oklahoma: Final Report - Report of the Fiscal Officer
1977 July 15

Box 5: 2
Oklahoma: Final Report - Enid regional meeting
1977 May 25

Box 5: 3
Oklahoma: Final Report - Committee Meeting Minutes
1976 Dec-1977 May

Box 5: 4
Oklahoma: Final Report - OWC Minutes
1977 June 17

Box 5: 5
Oklahoma: Final Report - Post-conference publicity
1977 June

Box 5: 6
Oklahoma: Final Report - Significant Correspondence
1977 Apr-June

Box 5: 7
Oklahoma: Final Report - Evaluationm of the Coordinating Committee
1977 July 18

Box 5: 8
Oklahoma: Final Report - Participant Evaluation Forms
1977 June 18

Box 5: 9
Oklahoma: Final Report - Appendix
1977 Jan-June

Box 5: 10
Oklahoma: OWC additional materials (outreach)
1977 Apr-June

Box 5: 11
Oregon: Final Report
1977 May

Box 5: 12
Rhode Island: Final Report - Table of contents, meeting details
1977 June 30

Box 5: 13
Rhode Island: Final Report - Plenary Sessions
1977 June 11-12

Box 5: 14
Rhode Island: Final Report - State delegates and alternates
1977 June 12

Box 5: 15
Rhode Island: Final Report - Reports from the Workshops (pt. 1)
1977 June 11

Box 5: 16
Rhode Island: Final Report - Reports from the Workshops (pt. 2)
1977 June 11-12

Box 5: 17
Rhode Island: Final Report - Media coverage
1976 Nov-1977 June

Box 5: 18
Rhode Island: Final Report - Plans for results, General evaluation
1977 June 30

Box 5: 19
Virgin Islands: Final Report - Contents, overview and information
1977 June 24-25

Box 5: 20
Virgin Islands: Final Report - Registration and Delegates
1977 June 24-25

Box 5: 21
Virgin Islands: Final Report - Surveys
1977 June 24-25

Box 5: 22
Virgin Islands: Final Report - Recommendations
1977 June 24-25

Box 5: 23
Virgin Islands: Final Report - Workshops
1977 June 24-25

Box 5: 24
Virgin Islands: Final Report - Displays, activities, international components, speeches, news clippings
1977 May-Aug

Box 5: 25
Virgin Islands: Final Report - Statements, strategies and evaluation
1977 June 24-25

Box 5: 26
Virgin Islands: Final Report - Recommendations, supplementary materials
1977 June

Box 5: 27
Washington State: Final Report - Intro, Plenary Sessions, Policy statements and Minority Report
1977 July 8-10

Box 5: 28
Washington State: Final Report - Delegates and Alternates/ credentials
1977 July 8-10

Box 5: 29
Washington State: Final Report - Committee Reports
1977 Aug

Box 5: 30
Washington State: Final Report - Exhibits, supplementary material
1977 June-July

Box 5: 31
Washington State: Final Report - Recommendations
1977 July 8-10

Box 5: 32
West Virginia: Final Report - Introduction
1977 July 20

Box 5: 33
West Virginia: Final Report - Plenary minutes (pt. 1)
1977 June 22

Box 5: 34
West Virginia: Final Report - Plenary minutes (pt. 2)
1977 June 22-23

Box 5: 35
West Virginia: Final Report - Plenary minutes (pt. 3)
1977 June 23

Box 6: 1
West Virginia: Final Report - Plenary minutes (pt. 4)
1977 June 23

Box 6: 2
West Virginia: Final Report - Keynote session
1977 June 23

Box 6: 3
West Virginia: Final Report - Resolutions
1977 June 22-23

Box 6: 4
West Virginia: Final Report - Evaluation and participants
1977 June 22-23

Box 6: 5
West Virginia: Final Report - Committee Reports
1977 June 22-23

Box 6: 6
West Virginia: Final Report - Brochures
1977 June

Box 6: 7
West Virginia: Final Report - Appendices
1977 June 22-23

Box 6: 8
West Virginia: Final Report - News clippings- Western
1977 May 13-June 24

Box 6: 9
West Virginia: Final Report - News clippings- Central
1977 Mar 21-July 16

Box 6: 10
West Virginia: Final Report - News clippings- Eastern
1977 Mar 7-July 1

Box 6: 11
West Virginia: Final Report - News clippings- Northeastern
1977 Mar 16-July 8

Box 6: 12
West Virginia: Final Report - News clippings- Northern
1977 Apr 26-June 29

Box 6: 13
West Virginia: Final Report - News clippings- Southern
1977 Apr 4-June 24

Box 6: 14
West Virginia: Final Report - Photos
1977 June 22-23

Box 6: 15
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Processed by Catie Heitz, July 2014.

For materials related to the International Women's Year (IWY), see:

  • Diana Mara Henry Collection (PH 51)
  • Mary B. Stinson Collection (MS 824)
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