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America in the 1960s and 1970s: Women's Liberation

NOW: The National Organization for Women

NOW Statement of Purpose. Adopted October 29, 1966.

The Feminist Chronicles, 1953-1993. Uses NOW documents as the organizing focal point of the movement in these years.

FBI Files on the National Organization for Women. Beginning with a file on a planned demonstration in front of the White House on 5/7/69.

Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade. Supreme Court opinions and arguements on the question: Does the Constitution embrace a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy by abortion?


Half the People, 1970. Alexandria, Va., PBS Video, 1999. Available?

Not for Sale: Feminism and Art in the USA During the 1970s. New York, Hawkeye Production, 1998. "Presents the art, artists, and activities of the feminist art movement of the 1970s. Includes interviews, slides, and archival footage." Available?

Women's Liberation Movement

The Feminine Mystique.
Betty Friedan. New York, Norton, 1963.
The book often credited with kick-starting the 2d wave of the women's movement. Available?
American Women: Report of the President's Commission on the Status of Women
Washington, DC, Government Printing Office, 1963.
Document's From the Women's Liberation Movement
"The materials in this on-line archival collection document various aspects of the Women's Liberation Movement in the United States, and focus specifically on the radical origins of this movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Items range from radical theoretical writings to humourous plays to the minutes of an actual grassroots group."
Miss America Protests, 1968 and 1969
Photographs, articles, flyers, planning documents, and responses to the 1968 and 1969 Miss America pageant protests. From the Duke University Libraries Digital Collections.
Chronology of the Women's Movement in the U.S., 1961-1975
Washington, National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, 1975. Available?
Disco Divas: Women and Popular Culture in the 1970s.
Sherrie A. Inness, editor. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003. Available?
Wooster, OH, Bell & Howell, 1972. 89 microfilm reels.
Several hundred newspapers, journals, and newsletters, primarily from the late 1960s and early 1970s, associated with the Women's Liberation Movement. Available?
Guide to the Microfilm Edition of Herstory: Including Guides to Supplementary Sets I and II.
Wilmington, Del., Scholarly Resources, 1990.
Guide to the above collection. Available?
Women's Rights in the United States of America: A Report Prepared by the Women's Rights Task Force of the U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C., U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1979.

The Equal Rights Amendment

Chronology of the Equal Rights Amendment, 1923-1996
The Equal Rights Amendment: A Bibliographic Study.
Compiled by the Equal Rights Amendment Project. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 1976. Available?
In Pursuit of Equal Rights: Women in the Seventies.
Washington, D.C., National League of Women Voters, 1977.
The Equal Rights Amendment and the status of women in the seventies.
Public Hearing Before Assembly Judiciary Committee on Assembly Concurrent Resolution no. 67: Proposing Constitutional Amendment to Provide Equality of Rights of Women
Trenton, May 2, 1974. Rutgers-restricted Resource
ERAmerica Records, 1974-1982.
62,300 items collections at the Library of Congress. ERAmerica was a nationwide alliance of civic, labor, church, and women's organizations founded in 1976 to promote ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Finding Aid
Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman's Crusade.
Donald T. Critchlow. Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2005. Available?

1975: International Women's Year

The Spirit of Houston: The First National Women's Conference: An Official Report to the President, the Congress and the People of the United States
Washington, D.C., National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, March, 1978.
"...To Form a More Perfect Union...": Justice for American Women
Report of the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year. 1976.

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