Supporting women's history through research, writing, publication, preservation, interpretation, teaching and public education.
CAWHC  kicked off its new project with an inaugural program and a standing-room only crowd at the
Chicago History Museum. Over 160 attendees including historians, archivists, movement leaders, organizers,
activists, media professionals, oral interviewers, and many others, participate in a lively discussion about
the new project and unique aspects of Chicago's women's movement. Sara M. Evans, historian, and
Mary Jean Collins, activist, were featured speakers along with Elizabeth Myers, archivist, and Erin McCarthy,
oral historian. A reception, cosponsored by the Veteran Feminists of America, honored movement activists
included in Feminists Who Changed America 1963 - 1965.  If you were there, we'd like to know what you thought.
Give us your feedback. For photos of the event. For information about the program and speakers.

The Project
"Documenting Women's Activism and Leadership in the Chicago Area, 1945-2000" will provide the first comprehensive survey of significant Chicago area personalities, issues, organizations, actions, institutions, legislative initiatives and cultural innovations that contributed to change during this exciting period in the city's history. CAWHC will serve as a central registry for information about resources and as a catalyst for projects undertaken by the community. For more
information about the project

Basic Elements of the Project
The project will:
- Provide a fully-accessible, online database that will identify information and archival resources for the study of the women's activism in the Chicago area
- Conduct a survey of existing archival resources and encourage private individuals to donate historical papers to permanent repositories 
- Conduct oral history interviews with significant movement personalities and those influenced by it

We Need Your Help!
The project embraces women's activism and feminism in all of its diversity and contradictions including advocates of equal rights, equal opportunity, women's liberation, social, radical, lesbian and liberal feminism, and it will take a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-racial approach to movement issues. It will also consider the work of women artists, theologians, and other cultural leaders who created a revolution in many areas of American life.

As a result we need your help identifying resources and gathering information. If you have materials to share, please fill out and submit one of the forms listed below.

- If you participated in women's movements fpr change and have experiences, information, contacts and/or archival materials that you would like to share please fill out and submit this form.

- If you are an archivist and have relevant resources in your repository, please fill out and
submit this form.

- If you are interested in helping with the project and have experience or skills that you think would be useful, please fill out and submit this form.


Welcome to CAWHC!

The Chicago Area Women’s History Council is non-profit, volunteer organization founded in 1971 to support women’s history in the Chicago area.  We are a dynamic network of historians, archivists, teachers, public historians, media professionals, writers, artists, activists, and scholars from many disciplines.

If you are interested in Chicago women’s history, please join us!
"Documenting Women’s Activism and Leadership
in Chicago, 1945-2000"

CAWHC’s current project, Documenting Women's Activism and Leadership in Chicago, 1945-2000,
is identifing and preserving resources to document women’s contributions during this period, with
a particular emphasis on the Chicago women’s movement of the 1960s - 1980s. This grassroots
effort brings together scholars, archivists, activists and community leaders to uncover hidden material that will be used to update the research we undertook in producing Women Building Chicago, A Biographical Dictionary, 1970-1990.  
Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you!  Let us know if you have questions or information to share. For membership information follow the link above.