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Background on the National Women's Conference and the IWY Commission
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National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year. Background on the National Women's Conference and the IWY Commission - File 001. October 1977. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 23, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1996_007/item/488/show/486.

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National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year. (October 1977). Background on the National Women's Conference and the IWY Commission - File 001. Selections from the Marjorie Randal National Women’s Conference Collection. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1996_007/item/488/show/486

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National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, Background on the National Women's Conference and the IWY Commission - File 001, October 1977, Selections from the Marjorie Randal National Women’s Conference Collection, University of Houston Libraries, accessed October 23, 2017, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1996_007/item/488/show/486.

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Title Background on the National Women's Conference and the IWY Commission
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  • National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year
Date October 1977
Language eng
Subject
  • Feminism
  • Women's rights
  • National Women's Conference
Place
  • Washington, D. C.
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  • documents
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  • Text
Identifier ID 1996-007, Box 1, Folder 8
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Carey C. Shuart Women’s Research Collection
  • Marjorie Randal National Women's Conference Collection
Donor Randal, Marjorie
Rights No Copyright - United States: This item is in the public domain in the United States and may be used freely in the United States. The item may not be in the public domain under the copyright laws of other countries.
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Title File 001
Transcript 1 n-n'3 :*-r> National Commission on the Observance of ft ^ MAiUNG AOGRSSS: O/IWY U.S. OEPASTMeNT OF STATE WASHINGTON. O.C. 2C520 GENERAL; ,202)632-2823 PUBLIC INFORMATION: 632-3973 OFFICE LOCATION: C0UJM8IA PLAZA OFFICE BLMLOlNG 2401 £ STSEET N.W. ROOM 3100 WASHINGTON. O.C international Women's Year ^ore perie BACKGROUND ON THE NATIONAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE AND THE IWY COMMISSION The largest convocation of women in this country — and certainly the first such meeting ever to be funded by the U.S. government'— is scheduled for November 18-21, 1977, in Houston, Texas. "•« •# . As a prelude to this historic event, 56 diverse and dramatic women's meetings, one in each State and Territory, were held: American women from Maine to Alaska, Hawaii to Guam, voted on resolutions and delegates to send to the National WomenTs Conference in Houston. These meetings also draw up State Plans of Action to improve the status of women, through action at the State level. First time conference-goers, women who had never stayed in hotels before, migrant workers, coal miners' widows, handicapped workers, even prison inmates, women from a wide sweep of ages, incomes, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds boarded buses, snow plows (Vermont's meeting in February drew over 1000 participants), and car pools to get to their State Meetings. • Each State followed similar guidelines, provided by the National Commission on the Observance of Internacional Women's Year, but each meeting refleced the special ethnic and racial flavor of the State. Rhode Island translated their materials into Portuguese as well as Spanish, and Maine provided French language translation for their French-Canadian Community. Alaska's meeting attracted 780 people who elected a 12-member delegation including Tlingit, Eskimo, Athabascan, Black, Japanese, and Caucasian women. Attendance topped 4500 in Minnesota; 5000 in California; 11,COO in New York; 13,000 in Utah. At least 130,000 have participated across the country. • Resolutions came from a wide range of workshops on the issues that most affect women: Homemaker Rights, Child Care, Employment, Education, Teenage Pregnancy, International Interdependence, Media, the Equal Rights Amendment, Credit, Physical and Mental Health, Female Offenders, Older women, Women in Elective and Appointive Office, Racial and Ethnic Women, the Arts and Humanities, and Strategies for Change. Public Law 94-16 7 named the National Commission cn the Observance of International Women's Year (IWY) as sponsor for the State Meetings and the National Conference. Each state shares in the $5 million funding provided by Congress for the meeting series. Recommendations and a final report cn the Conference will be submitted to the President and Congress in March, 1978. (over)
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