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Interview #466: Clarenbach, Kathryn F.

UW-Madison TEI edition, September, 2009


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First Interview, Interviewed: 1987-1988; Interviewer: Margaret Andreasen

Family background; Early education; Experiences at UW; Reactions to WWII; Work at War Production Board in Washington, D.C.; Graduate school; Marriage; Teaching at Purdue; Work on Henry Wallace's 1948 political campaign; Teaching and daily life at Olivet College in Michigan; Work at Encampment for Citizenship; Experiences at Edgewood College and on Board of Trustees at Alverno College; Work with Martha Peterson's continuing education program for women; Formation of Wisconsin's Governor’s Commission on Status of Women and important accomplishments during tenure as chair; Foundation of National Organization for Women (NOW); Early conflicts and problems in NOW, including issue of lesbians and her working relationship with Betty Friedan; Importance of state commissions on status of women for development of women's organizations like NOW; Changes in NOW; Tenure as executive director of 1977 International Women's Year Conference in Houston; International travels, including Cuba and Virgin Islands; Advances and setba

Second Interview, Interviewed: 1989; Interviewer: Margaret Andreasen

Nomination to chair of NOW Board in 1966; Role of family and children in her life; Involvement with Wisconsin Governor’s Commission on Status of Women; Impact of Wisconsin and other state commissions on NOW; Determining direction of NOW; Educational efforts of Wisconsin Governor’s Commission; Creation of National Association of Commissions on Status of Women; Details of job as executive director of International Women's Year Conference; Controversial issues and important figures at Conference; Views on future directions of feminist movement; Her major contributions to women's movement.

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