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The First National Women's Conference was held in Houston Texas, Nov. 18-21, 1977. It was sponsored by the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, and adopted a 26-point national plan of action and published its proceedings as THE SPIRIT OF HOUSTON.

From the description of Records, 1975-1977. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155519540

From the description of National Women's Conference records, 1975-1977. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 51576567

The National Women's Conference was held on November 18-22, 1977 in Houston, Texas. The conference, which was part of a larger effort to study and report on the status of women in the United States, was sponsored by the United States' government (Congress appropriated $5 million for the entire study). This study occurred in response to the International Women's Year, which was held in Mexico City in 1975, sponsored by the United Nations.

Almost 2,000 women attended the National Women's Conference as official delegates or alternates. Each state sent delegates who had been elected at state meetings held earlier in the year. The purpose of the conference was to discuss and vote upon a National Plan of Action, which would provide the U.S. government with a plan for improving the status of women in all areas of their lives.

From the description of Marjorie Randal National Women's Year collection, 1974-1982. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 668456571

During November 18-21, 1977, twenty-thousand women gathered in Houston, Texas for the National Women's Conference, an outgrowth of International Women's Year, 1975. The conference aimed to address legal, economic, and social changes needed to ensure equality for women. Twenty-six resolutions on women's rights were proposed, voted upon by delegates, and presented to the Carter administration and Congress for adoption. The opening ceremony speakers included: First Ladies Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford and Lady Bird Johnson, activists Coretta Scott King, Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan, Barbara Jordan, Liz Carpenter, and Jean Stapleton. Maya Angelou read the declaration of intent.

Heated debates ensued over the Equal Rights Amendment, reproductive rights, child care funding, sexual orientation, and the rights of disabled, minority and aging women. There was also a lengthy discussion about disarmament, and a series of lectures by women in high-ranking government positions such as chair of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Assistant Secretary for the United States Department of Commerce, and head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

From the guide to the Audiotape collection of the National Women's Conference, 1977, (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute)

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referencedIn Galvin, Ruth Mehrtens, 1922-2002. Ruth Mehrtens Galvin Papers, 1858-2002 Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Turpeau, Anne B. (Anne Brock), 1924-. Anne B. Turpeau papers, 1915-1986 (bulk 1960-1986). Library of Congress
referencedIn Kate Millett papers, 1912-2002 and undated, bulk 1951-2001 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf National Women's Conference. Marjorie Randal National Women's Year collection, 1974-1982. University of Houston, M.D. Anderson Library
creatorOf National Women's Conference. National Women's Conference records, 1975-1977. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Cukor, Janet (Jeannette Glavac), 1924-. Janet Cukor papers, 1964-1996. Georgia State University
referencedIn Diana Mara Henry Photographic Archive, 2002-081., 1977 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Daniel Yankelovich Papers., 1937-1994 Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
referencedIn Yvonne Brathwaite Burke papers: California State Assembly, U.S. Congress, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and California Attorney General campaign, Bulk, 1966-1980, 1959-1980 USC Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year. National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year records, 1973-1978 (bulk 1977). Georgia Department of Archives and History Library
creatorOf Vackar, Barbara. Barbara Vackar papers, 1972-1979. Texas Woman's University Library, Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey Library
referencedIn Burke, Norma Peg. Papers of Norma Peg Burke, 1965-1980 (bulk 1975-1977). University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year. National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year records, 1973-1978 (bulk 1977). Georgia Department of Archives and History Library
referencedIn Anne B. Turpeau Papers, 1915-1986, (bulk 1960-1986) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn International Women's Year. International Women's Year general material, 1977. Georgia Department of Archives and History Library
referencedIn Frances Nathan papers, 1970-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Audiotape collection of the National Women's Conference, 1977 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Audiotapes, 1973-1987 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Komisar, Lucy, 1942-. Papers of NOW officers, 1969-1982 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn National Women's Conference Committee (U.S.). Records, 1979-1985 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Meyer, Anne Heineman, 1925-. Anne Heineman Meyer papers, 1958-1988 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Records of the Project on the Status and Education of Women (Association of American Colleges), (inclusive), (bulk), 1969-1991, 1971-1985 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Hixson, Allie Corbin. Allie Corbin Hixson papers, 1924-2005 (bulk 1970-2000) University of Louisville, Ekstrom Library
referencedIn Coyote (Organization). Records, 1962-1989 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf National Women's Conference. Records, 1975-1977. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn International Women's Year (IWY) Conference, State Coordinating Committee for. State Archive of Michigan
referencedIn International Women's Year. International Women's Year general material, 1977. Georgia Department of Archives and History Library
referencedIn National Women's Conference Center (National Women's Conference Committee). Records, 1991. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf National Women's Conference. Records, 1977-1979. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Women's Dept. UAW Women's Department records, 1919-1982, (bulk 1947-1980). Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
creatorOf Nathan, Frances,. Frances Nathan papers, 1970-1980. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Abramowitz, Beth person
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associatedWith Angelou, Maya person
associatedWith Babcock, Barbara person
associatedWith Bailey, Elizabeth person
associatedWith Barbara Jordan person
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associatedWith Bella Abzug person
associatedWith Betty Ford person
associatedWith Bird, Caroline. person
associatedWith Bird, Caroline. person
associatedWith Blum, Barbara person
associatedWith Burke, Norma Peg. person
associatedWith Burke, Yvonne Brathwaite person
associatedWith Carin A. Clauss person
associatedWith Carol Tucker Foreman person
associatedWith Carter, Rosalynn person
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associatedWith Donna E. Shalala person
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associatedWith Fraser, Arvonne person
associatedWith Galvin, Ruth Mehrtens, 1922-2002. person
associatedWith Gloria Scott person
associatedWith Helen Caldicott. person
associatedWith Helvi Sipilä person
associatedWith Henry, Diana Mara person
associatedWith Herman, Alexis person
associatedWith Hernandez, Marifé person
associatedWith Hixson, Allie Corbin. person
associatedWith Hufstedler, Shirley person
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associatedWith Liz Carpenter person
associatedWith Lupe Anguiano person
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associatedWith Margaret (Midge) Costanza person
associatedWith Mary F. Berry person
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associatedWith Mead, Margaret person
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associatedWith Nathan, Frances, person
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associatedWith National Women's Conference Committee (U.S.) corporateBody
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associatedWith Patricia Albjerg Graham person
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associatedWith Project on the Status and Education of Women (Association of American Colleges) person
associatedWith Prokop, Ruth person
associatedWith Randal, Marjorie. person
associatedWith Rollins, Hazel person
associatedWith Sarah Tilghman Hughes person
associatedWith Schroeder, Pat person
associatedWith Shanahan, Eileen person
associatedWith Stapleton, Jean person
associatedWith Tinker, Irene person
associatedWith Turpeau, Anne B. (Anne Brock), 1924- person
associatedWith United States. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. corporateBody
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associatedWith Weddington, Sarah person
associatedWith Women's Equity Action League corporateBody
associatedWith Wunnicke, Esther person
associatedWith Yankelovich, Daniel. person
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Women's rights
Women--Social conditions
Women--History
Women--Societies and clubs
Women's rights--Congresses
International Women's Year, 1975
Feminism
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