Collins, Mary Jean, 1939-

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An active member of the National Organization for Women, Mary Jean Collins was Midwest Regional Director (1970-1972), president and executive director of Chicago NOW (1978-1980), and co-director of the NOW equal rights (ERA) campaign. A member of the National Board, she was in charge of task forces (1972-1975) and she also served as National Action vice-president where she focussed on lesbian and minority women's rights as well as reproductive choice and pay equity. Collins was also on the board of directors of NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund, a member of Catholics for a Free Choice, and on the Drafting Committee for the 1984 National Democratic Platform.

From the description of Papers of NOW officers, 1968-1988 (inclusive), 1982-1985 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122593611

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referencedIn National Organization for Women. [Audio collection] [sound recording]. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Audio collection, 1966-1991 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Boyer, Gene. Documenting the midwestern origins of the twentieth-century women's movement, 1987-1992. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Papers, 1968-1985 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn National Organization for Women. Records, 1959-2002 (inclusive), 1966-1988 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Papers of NOW officers, 1960-1973 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Heide, Wilma Scott, 1921-1985. Papers, 1968-1985 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Alexander, Dolores. Papers, 1960-1973 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Collins, Mary Jean, 1939-. Papers of NOW officers, 1968-1988 (inclusive), 1982-1985 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Records, (inclusive), (bulk), 1959-2002, 1966-1998 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
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associatedWith Goldsmith, Judith. person
associatedWith Heide, Wilma Scott, 1921-1985. person
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United States
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Women's rights
Boycotts
Gay rights
Pro-choice movement
Equal rights amendments
Catholic women
Politics, Practical
Equal pay for equal work
Civil rights
Women--Legal status, laws, etc
Abortion
Feminists
Sex discrimination against women
Lesbians
Lesbianism
Feminism
Pay equity
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Birth 1939

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