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Women's Action Coalition : Records, 1992-1994
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Sandy Schaeffer Ung donated these records to the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston in July of 2000.
The first WAC chapter was established by a small group of women in New York City in 1991. These women were upset with increasing violence against women, steady deterioration of women's rights, and the national and international backlash against decades of progress by the feminist movement. Two events in particular, the Clarence Thomas hearings and the William Kennedy Smith rape trial galvanized feminist activists to organize visible public actions against those institutions and people who attempt to keep women oppressed and powerless in our society. In addition to Boston and New York, there existed chapters in Western Massachusetts, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles.
Scope and Content
The records span the time period of 1992-1994 and have been organized into four series. The first series, Meetings, contain notes and agendas for the current meetings and they are organized chronologically. The second series, Judgewatch, details actions, survey mailings, and correspondence of WAC, as it sought to bring awareness change to violations of women's rights within the legal system. The third series consists of informational handouts and reference materials, and the last series is subject files consisting of: WAC mission statement, organization history, phone trees, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (anti-nuclear race/first strike material), and an extensive list of women missing from history.
- Meetings, 1992-1994 (13 folders)
- Judgewatch, 1992-1994 (14 folders)
- Materials Handouts/Reference, 1992-1994 (2 folders)
- Subject Files, 1992-1994 (4 folders)