Roberta M. Madden papers, 1968-2010 (bulk 1970-1990).
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The National Women's Political Caucus was formed in 1971 as a multiparty organization seeking to gain an equal voice and place for women in the political process at the local, state and national levels. The caucus and its state affiliates support women candidates for elective and appointive offices and seek to ensure that women hold policy-making positions in political parties. They have lobbied in state legislatures for the Equal Rights Amendment, women's reproductive rights, and other measures...
Veteran Feminists of America (VFA) is a nonprofit organization for veterans of the Second Wave of the feminist movement. It was founded by Jacqueline Ceballos and held its first feminist reunion in 1993. The organization continues to operate today, sponsoring reunions, programs, and publications honoring feminists throughout the United States. From the description of Veteran Feminists of America records, 1972-2010. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 614063415 Fro...
Founded in 1973 as the National Gay Task Force, NGLTF is the nation's oldest lesbian and gay civil rights lobby. In 1993, it served 26,000 members. Affiliated components of the Task Force include the Gay Media Task Force, founded to lobby the major television networks to improve their coverage of lesbian and gay issues; the Privacy Project; the Military Freedom Project; the Anti-Violence Project; the Creating Change conference (started in 1988); the Lesbian and Gay Families Project; and the Nati...
Common Cause is a non-profit advocacy organization committed to honest, open and accountable government and participation in the democratic process. The group was founded in 1970 by John Gardner, who served as the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Lyndon B. Johnson and later as chairman of the National Urban Coalition. Originally created with the intention of representing citizens’ interests in Washington, the group soon became a vehicle for protesting the Vietnam War. ...
Roberta Margaret Young was born November 9, 1936 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Mary and Theodore Young of Ames' Iowa. She was the oldest of four children and got her first job at a supermarket after her parents divorced in 1951. These early years were influential on Roberta, particularly an incident when her mother was passed up for a promotion in favor of a younger and less-experienced employee because he was male. In 1953, Roberta received a scholarship to attend Iowa State Teachers College in Ce...
Capital Area Affiliate of the International Alliance of Executive and Professional Women (Baton Rouge, La.)
Sylvia Roberts, a native of Texas, graduated from Tulane University law school in 1956 and did post-graduate work at the Institute of Comparative Law, Paris, France. Since 1959, Roberts has worked as an attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She served as member and secretary of the Louisiana Commission on the Status of Women, established by the Louisiana Legislature in 1968. From the description of Sylvia Roberts papers, 1968-1973 (bulk 1970-1973). (Louisiana State University). WorldCa...
The National Organization for Women (NOW) was formed in Washington D.C. in 1966, and incorporated in 1967. The organization was formed to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of society, assuming all privileges and responsibilities in fully equal partnership with men. Local chapters were formed throughout the country and task forces were set up to deal with problems of women in areas such as employment, education, religion, poverty, law, politics, and image in the media....
WEAL was founded in 1968 by a group of professional women, mostly lawyers, in Cleveland, Ohio, who originally hoped to begin a NOW (National Organization for Women) chapter. Realizing NOW's agenda would not garner widespread support in Cleveland, they began their own group and limited their concerns to education, legislation, and the economic rights of women. WEAL challenged sex discrimination on college campuses, in the military, and in the work place. The WEAL Fund was established in 1972 as t...
The Women's Action Alliance (WAA) was founded in 1971 to coordinate resources for organizations and individuals involved in the women's movement on the grass-roots level. Founders included Gloria Steinem (see also the Gloria Steinem Papers ), Brenda Feigen, and Catherine Samuels. The organization's original mission was "to stimulate and assist women at the local level to organize around specific action projects aimed at eliminating concrete manifestations of economic and social disc...
In 1921 Margaret Sanger founded the national lobbying organization, American Birth Control League (ABCL) which in 1942 became Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). Between 1921 and 1942 the organization underwent two transformations. In 1923 Sanger opened the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau (BCCRB) for the purposes of dispensing contraceptives under the supervision of licensed physicians and studying their effectiveness. The ABCL provided institutional backing for ...