The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

National Organization For Women

Toledo, Ohio, & National Chapter Records, 1972-2004

MSS-035

Size: Approximately 3.5 linear ft

Provenance: The Toledo chapter of the National Organization for Women donated its records to the Ward M. Canaday Center in 1986, 1989, 1995, and 2010.
           
Access: open

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Collection Summary: Collection contains records of the local, state, and national chapters and includes meeting minutes; newsletters and other publications; bylaws; and annual conference programs. Subjects include job discrimination; affirmative action; ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment; Title IX compliance; and the Toledo group's association with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Local 544.

Subjects: Labor, Politics and Government, Women

Copyright: As copies of Federal records, copyright probably does not apply to entries in this volume. The original application files are part of Record Group 15, Records of the Veterans Administration, in the National Archives.  Researchers bear full legal responsiblity for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by:  Denise D. Green, February 1987. Additions by Barbara A. Shirk, August 1989 and July 1995. Addition by Zachary Dehm, March and April 2010. Revised by Tamara Jones, February 2013; last updated: June, 2014

Introduction

Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest women's rights organization in the U.S.  NOW reported 260,000 members in nine regional chapters, 50 state chapters and over 800 local chapters in 1986.  (Encyclopedia of Associations 1987, v.1, p. 1456).  NOW seeks full equality for women in all areas of American society; especially in politics, education and business. 

The Greater Toledo Chapter of NOW has been a vocal, effective force in Northwest Ohio politics, industry and culture since 1972.  The Toledo NOW records provide extensive evidence of chapter achievements, interests and activities.

There are no restrictions on the use of, or access to, this collection.

Organizational History

1972, July

 

Toledo, Ohio, Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) founded

1973

 

Toledo NOW Participated in campaign for Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratification in Ohio

1974

 

Continued campaigning for National ERA ratification; hosted Ohio NOW annual convention in Toledo, Ohio

1976

 

Participated in Southwyck Charity Bazaar and Old West End Festival; continued campaigning for ERA and reproductive rights of women

1977

 

Sponsored Toledo ERA "walkathon" and abortion "speakout;" participated in Toledo Public Schools Title IX Advisory Committee

1978

 

Joined with other NOW chapters at rally against Akron, Ohio ordinance regulating abortion clinics and in ERA rallies and ratification extension campaign.  Toledo NOW hosted Ohio NOW annual convention

1979

 

Led campaign against Toledo city Maternal Health ordinance; sponsored ERA "walkathon" and series of consciousness-raising groups

1980

 

Labor Task Force formed to coordinate Toledo NOW helping with job discrimination complaints; continued anti-Maternal Health Ordinance and pro-ERA campaigns

1981

 

Joined nationwide "Stop Human Life Amendment Campaign;" held final Toledo ERA rally and walkathon; continued consciousness-raising groups

1982

 

Supported candidacies of Marcy Kaptur and Richard Celeste

1983

 

Supported Linda Furney's campaign for city council

 

Scope and Content Note

The collection is arranged in three series.  Series one is Toledo NOW records of monthly meetings, rallies, task forces, a University of Toledo student NOW group, social events, annual political activities, the chapter newsletter and relations with Toledo area women's organizations. A substantial part of the records document Toledo NOW campaigns for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA); for Title IX compliance; and Toledo NOW's association with American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees,  Local 544.

Series two consists of Ohio and regional NOW materials, including minutes, annual conference programs, newsletters, legislative lobbying, pro-choice and pro-ERA materials. Series three is national NOW materials, including nationwide bylaws; national conference programs; task force activities; boycotts; lobbying and extensive abortion rights; job discrimination; affirmative action; and ERA campaign literature.

The Toledo NOW records primarily date from 1972 to 2004, with some older and/or undated material.  These records should prove to be a valuable resource for research into women's rights and politics in Northwestern Ohio.

    

Folder List

1

Toledo Chapter

75th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

1

Correspondence, printed material, statements

2

Photographs

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (A.F.S.C.M.E.), Local 544

3

Annual Reports, 1976-1977

4

Constitution

Correspondence, 1976-1977

5

Incoming

6

Outgoing

7

Executive Board minutes, 1973-1978

8

Membership meeting and Steward's Council minutes, 1973-1977

9

Newsletter, 1976-1977

10

A.F.S.C.M.E., A.F.L.-C.I.O., Ohio P.E.O.P.L.E. Convention, 1975

11

Awards and Proclamations

12

Bylaws

Campaign in support of ERA

General

13

1972-1977

14

1978-1980

15

ERA Awareness Week, Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 1981

Marches and rallies

16

Countdown rally for ERA ratification, June 30, 1981

17

National ERA march, July 9, 1978

18

National March for Women's Equality/Women's Lives, March 9, 1986; April 9, 1989

19

National NOW-ERA walk, Aug. 23, 1980

20

Toledo Walkathon for ERA, Sept. 24, 1977

21

Toledo Walkathon for ERA, Sept. 26, 1981

22

Petition campaign

23

Statement on failure of ERA, June 30, 1982

Candidates Night

24

1973

25

1974

26

1975

27

1977

28

City Council candidates survey, 1983

Clippings

29

1980s

30

1990s

31

2000s

32

Undated

Correspondence

33

1973

34

1974

35

1975

36

1976-1977

37

1978

38

1979

39

1982-1989

40

1987-1989, 1992, 1995

41

1993-1995

42

Divorce Equity, Inc., Cleveland Heights, Ohio

43

Essay Contest, 1990-1993

44

How to run a meeting or conference

45

League of Women Voters of Toledo-Lucas County

46

Lists of Suffragists, Suffragettes, Voters, and Others

47

Lysistrata Project, 3/3/03

48

Magazines

49

Male Chauvinist Pig Award

50

Membership survey, 1980

2

Minutes (both general and board meeting minutes)

1

1973

2

1974

3

1975

4

1976

5

1978-1979

6

1980

7

1981-1982

8

1983-1984

9

1995

Miscellaneous artifacts

10

Bumper stickers, buttons, pins

11

Cartoon strip, post card, ribbon, "A Call to Action" (VHS)

12

Scrapbook (folder also contains notes)

13

National and local press releases, 1974-1984

14

New members and membership lists, 1975-1983

15

New members meeting, 1978-86 (includes overview of Toledo NOW history)

Newsletters

16

1974

17

1975

18

1976

19

1977

20

1978

21

1979

22

1980

23

1981

24

1982

25

1983

26

1984

27

1985-1989

28

Miscellaneous

29

n.d.

30

N.O.W. history

31

Ohio Women's Hall of Fame

32

Old membership lists, 1972-1982

33

Organization for Rehabilitation through Training

34

Organizational charts

35

Pamphlets

36

Pattern for NOW letters and logo

Photographs

37

Anti-Iraq War Protest, Jovenes Campaigns, STWW PIX (on CD; some photos inaccessible)

38

Pro-choice March, 4/25/04 (Washington, D.C.)

39

Pro-choice - Miscellaneous (autographed, undated)

40

Rallies and miscellaneous historic photos

41

Press releases, 1980s-1990s

42

Pro-choice activities, 1975-1986

43

Protest against violence against women, 1975-1994

44

Rallies

45

Sex discrimination in the workplace, 1975-1983

46

Sex discrimination lawsuits and motions

47

Sexual harassment - suits, clippings, announcements, 1980-1994

48

Speaker's Bureau

49

Survey results

Task forces

50

Employment Compliance

51

Media

52

Rape

3

Sexuality, Lesbianism and Gay Rights

1

General

2

1975 controversy

3

Toledo Area Battered Women

4

Women and Religion

5

Tenth anniversary celebration, 1972-1982

Title IX

6

Complaints, how to file

7

Dayton, Ohio, schools

8

Explanatory materials, clippings, background papers, 1971-1976

9

National NOW Task Force on Title IX

10

Ohio NOW Title IX materials, 1975-1976

11

Sexism and Education

12

Title IX Update 1984, 1979

13

Toledo City Advisory Committee on Sex Equality in Education

14

Toledo Public Schools Compliance

15

Toledo Area Coalition for Affirmative Action

16

Toledo Area Coalition for a More Effective Ohio Civil Rights Commission

17

Toledo Area Women's Organizational Network (W.O.N.), 1982

18

Toledo Area Women's Organizations Coalition, 1978

19

Toledo Coalition against Government Interference; chapter pro-choice activities, 1981-1984

20

Toledo Issue 6: Maternal Health/Abortion Regulation Ordinance, 1979-1980

21

Treasurer's reports, chapter finances and insurance, 1973-1984

22

University of Toledo Chapter - membership lists, 1982 Chapter

23

Winkle Coalition, 1989

24

Women '74 conference

25

Women Against Violence - Take Back the Night Rally

Women's Equality Day

26

August 26, 1973

27

August 26, 1974

28

August 26, 1976

Ohio Chapter

Board minutes

29

1972-1973

30

1974

31

1975-1976

32

1982-1983

33

1984-1995

34

Bylaws, 1974-1984

35

Campaign to pass ERA, 1973-1974

36

Chapter directories, 1979, 1984, 1994

37

Child Support Bill, 1985

38

Columbus chapter action report, 1984

Conferences

39

Toledo, Ohio, June 24, 1972; Nov. 16-17, 1974

40

Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 19-21, 1976

41

Toledo, Ohio, Nov. 17-19, 1978

42

Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 16-18, 1979

43

Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 13, 1980

44

Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 12-13, 1981

45

Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 11-12, 1982; Oct. 23-24, 1993

46

Feminist readings - bibliography and catalog

47

Freedom of Choice, Ohio (coalition of pro-choice groups)

Great Lakes Regional NOW

48

Board Meeting minutes

49

Conference, Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 16-18, 1984

50

Legislative alerts, 1984

51

Midwest NOW chapters, regional conferences, newsletter, announcements, 1972-1977

52

Midwest Regional NOW Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 1-2, 1976

53

Newsletters, 1976-1977

54

Ohio AFL-CIO

55

Ohio Civil Rights Commission

56

Ohio Gay Rights Parade

57

Ohio General Assembly Bills 1983-1984 - squeal rule and pro-ERA

58

Ohio politics, 1982

59

Ohio State Labor and Employment Task Force

60

PAC state regulations and operating manual

61

President's newsletter, 1982-1984

62

Pro-choice, reproductive rights, human life amendment

63

Protest against Akron abortion ordinance, 1978

64

Sample newsletters of Ohio NOW chapters

65

Survey of Ohio banking industry and state bank action

66

Unfinished agenda of 1975 Governor's Task Force Report for the Implementation of the ERA

National NOW

67

1984 Presidential campaign

68

Abortion and clinic violence campaign, 1983-1989

69

Archives

Board Minutes

70

1973-1978

71

1982-1984

72

1993-1994

4

1

Bogus Abortion Clinics, 1985-1987

2

Bylaws, 1976

3

Proposed Bylaws changes, 1973-1978

4

Chapter convening/chartering guidelines and services to chapters, model bylaws

5

Civil Rights Act of 1984

6

Committee to Combat Racism

Conferences

7

Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 3-6, 1971

8

Houston, Texas, May 24-27, 1974

9

Philadelphia, A, Oct. 24-27, 1975

10

Detroit, MI, Apr. 22-24, 1977

11

Washington, DC, Oct. 6-9, 1978

12

Washington, DC, Oct. 10-12, 1981

13

Miami Beach, Florida, 1984

14

New Orleans, Louisiana, July 19-21, 1985

15

Denver, Colorado, June 13-15, 1986

Equal Rights Amendment

16

National campaigns, 1980-1983

17

National outreach campaign kit

18

Pro-ERA materials, 1972-1979

19

First Women's State of the Union Address - Jan. 13, 1977 (Karen DeCrow, President)

20

How to influence legislators and legislation

21

Insurance legislative action

22

J.P. Stevens boycott campaign, 1977-1980

23

Karen Silkwood case

24

Legal aid and labor law materials

25

Legal Defense and Education Fund

26

Lesbian/gay rights 1984 project

27

Lesbian rights resource kit, 1982

28

Membership recruitment forms, ads, pamphlets, press releases

29

National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year

30

National NOW chapter phone banks guidelines and chapter directory, 1980

31

National political activity and 1984 national political conventions

32

NOW materials order form and list

33

Pay equity cases

34

Political Action Committee, 1984

35

Pregnancy Disability Bill, 1978

36

Sears, Roebuck & Co. vs. NOW, 1974-1975

37

Stop Human Life Amendment campaign, 1982

Task forces

38

Labor Unions

39

Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations

40

Minority Women and Women's Rights

41

National Politics, 1975

42

Prostitution

43

Volunteerism

44

Women and the Arts

45

Women and Poverty

46

Women and Religion

Walkathons

47

Aug. 27, 1977

48

1983

49

Why women work

50

Women and business

51

Women and employment

52

Women and Social Security

53

“Women Can Make the Difference,” January 1982

54

Women's employment groups

55

Women's Truth Squad on Reagan, 1982-1984

Clippings

56

Toledo

57

Ohio

58

National

59

Miscellaneous, 1977-1994

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: 6/19/14