Supporting women's history through research, writing, publication, preservation, interpretation, teaching and public education.
Documenting Women's Activism and Leadership
in Chicago, 1945 - 2000

The Chicago Area Women's History Council kicked off its new project, "Documenting the Women's Movement in Chicago, 1960s-1980s," with an inaugural program and a standing-room only crowd at the Chicago History Museum on Sunday, March 16, 2008.  For more photos of the event. For information about the program and speakers.

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.

The Project
"Documenting the Women's Movement in Chicago, 1960s to 1980s" 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 movement in the Chicago area
- Conduct a survey of existing archival resources and encourage private individuals to donate                 historical papers to permanent repositories 
- Support oral history interviews with significant movement personalities and those influenced by it

We Need Your Help!
The project embraces 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 feminist 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 the women's movement 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.

Photos by: R.Edde and Karen Kring
Sara M. Evans
Mary Jean Collins

McCarthy, Evans, Collins and Myers
Kathryn Tecza paricipates  in discussion
Audience responds to speakers
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