East, Catherine Shipe, 1916-1996

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Catherine Shipe East (b. May 15, 1916, Barboursville, W. Va.-d. Aug. 17, 1996, Ithaca, N.Y.), began her career an a junior civil service examiner with the U.S Civil Service Commission in 1939. She advanced to become the chief of the career service division before going to work for the Department of Labor in 1977. She served as the technical adviser to the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and participated in the research and writing of the commissions report, American Women, published in 1963. Subsequent to the release of this report, President John F. Kennedy created the Interdepartmental Committee on the Status of Women and the Citizen's Advisory Council on the Status of Women, appointing East to serve as executive secretary for both groups.

From the description of East, Catherine Shipe, 1916-1996 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10599828

Catherine East served as a staff member on President Kennedy's Commission on the Status of Women, 1962-1963; executive secretary of the Interdepartmental Committee on the Status of Women and the Citizens' Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 1963-1974; and deputy coordinator of the secretariat for the National Committee for the Observance of International Women's Year, 1975-1976. She was vice-chair of the National Women's Political Caucus of Virginia and a member of the board of directors of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.

From the description of [Audiotape collection] [sound recording]. 1979-1983. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122336310

Government official and feminist activist, Catherine East served in a senior capacity on all Presidential advisory commissions on women from 1962 through 1977, conducting research, and preparing position papers, publications, and reports on a wide range of women's issues. Hailed by Betty Friedan as the "midwife to the birth of the women's movement," East served as a staff member on President Kennedy's Commission on the Status of Women, 1962-1963; executive secretary of the Interdepartmental Committee on the Status of Women and the Citizens' Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 1963-1974; and deputy coordinator of the secretariat for the National Committee for the Observance of International Women's Year, 1975-1976.

After her retirement in 1977, East began a new career as a full-time activist, working for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia and nationally, serving as women's issues coordinator in the John Anderson Presidential campaign (1979-1980), as legislative director of the National Women's Political Caucus (1983-1986), and as a board member of the National Organization for Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund (1979-1983).

From the description of Papers, 1941-1996 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122471279

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referencedIn Women's Equity Action League. Records, 1966-1979 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf East, Catherine, 1916-1996. Papers, 1941-1996 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Rawalt, Marguerite, 1895-. [Audiotape collection] [sound recording]. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Kolb, Frances Arick. Papers, 1955-1990 (inclusive), 1972-1990 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers, 1968-1985 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Records, (inclusive), (bulk), 1959-2002, 1966-1998 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Records of the Women's Equity Action League, 1966-1979 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers, (inclusive), (bulk), 1955-1990, 1972-1990 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Rupp, Leila J., 1950-. Audiotape collection of Leila J. Rupp and Verta A. Taylor, 1979-1983. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Neuberger, Maurine Brown, 1907-2000. Papers, 1966-1969 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. General Records
referencedIn Audiotape collection, 1953-1979 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Boyer, Gene. Documenting the midwestern origins of the twentieth-century women's movement, 1987-1992. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Records Relating to the Equal Rights Amendment
referencedIn Veteran Feminists of America. Veteran Feminists of America records, 1972-2010. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Darcy, Lynne. Papers of NOW officers, 1971-1976 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Women in the Federal Government Oral History Project. Records, 1981-1991 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Heide, Wilma Scott, 1921-1985. Papers, 1968-1985 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers of NOW officers, 1971-1976 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Subject Files
creatorOf East, Catherine, 1916-1996. [Audiotape collection] [sound recording]. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Audiotape collection, 1979-1981 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Peterson, Esther, 1906-1997. Papers, 1884-1998 (inclusive), 1929-1998 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund. Records, 1970-1998 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Women in the Federal Government Oral History Project. Interviews, 1981-1983 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Kolb, Frances Arick,. [Audiotape collection] [sound recording]. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn National Organization for Women. Records, 1959-2002 (inclusive), 1966-1988 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Alexander, Dolores, 1931-2008. NOW officer papers, 1960-1973 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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Feminism
Sex descrimination against women--Law and legislation
Women political activitists
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Birth 1916-05-15

Death 1996-08-17

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