National Organization for Women. Milwaukee Chapter: Records, 1971-1983

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of board meeting minutes, chapter bylaws, newsletters and subject files. The subjects include much material concerning abortion, August 26th (19th Amendment) Celebrations, and the Equal Rights Amendment. The collection also includes records from the Scott Enk case. The Milwaukee Chapter requested revocation of Enk's membership. Enk responded by charging the chapter with sex discrimination. The case was resolved by the National NOW Board Grievance Committee in 1983. The collection also includes materials from the Media Reform Task Force, which sought to open more media-related jobs to women.

The majority of records in the collection date from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. Many relate to the Equal Rights Amendment and organizing local efforts to ratify it in Wisconsin and nationally. Because the time limit for ratification passed in 1982, there is little material dating past 1982.