Documenting the Midwestern Origins of the Twentieth-Century Women's Movement, 1987-1992

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Title: Documenting the Midwestern Origins of the Twentieth-Century Women's Movement
Inclusive Dates: 1987-1992

Call Number: Mss 823; Tape 1231A

Quantity: 0.6 c.f. (2 archives boxes) and 172 tape recordings

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Tape-recorded interviews with summary abstracts and one transcript generated by an oral history project undertaken by graduate students in the University of Wisconsin Women's History Program under the direction of faculty member Gerda Lerner. The interviews document 22 of the outstanding midwestern leaders in the twentieth-century feminist movement and explore the connections between the women's movements of the 1920s and the 1960s. Listed below, these women have been leaders in labor, education, politics, religion, and business at local, state, national, and international levels for as many as fifty years. The women interviewed are in many ways representative: seven are trade unionists and workers; eight are business women and professionals; six were full-time homemakers for more than a decade of their lives; four had political careers; two are Catholic women nuns. Three are African-Americans; many others are of immigrant families. What characterizes all of them is the broad range and long duration of their organizational commitment and activities.

Language: English

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