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 for 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. 

           Supporting Chicago Women's History through Research, Preservation and Public Education
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Welcome to CWHC!

The Chicago Women’s History Center 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"

CWHC’s current project, Documenting Women's Activism and Leadership in Chicago, 1945-2000,
is identifying 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.
Our new website is under construction. 
For current information about CWHC please see Programs above or our Facebook Page