United Church of Christ Women's Movement Collection
Scope and Contents
A large part of this collection is concerned with the campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the 1970s and 1980s. The materials include not only the UCC’s efforts to support ERA ratification, but also the controversy surrounding it, and efforts to defeat it. Examples of materials produced by organizations that were against the ERA are included. In addition, the collection addresses issues of social justice and women’s equality such as abortion, child support, marriage, divorce, daycare, abuse of women, rape, and women’s status in the workplace. There are also materials relating to women’s role in the ministry. The collection consists of newsletters, church service programs, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, brochures, study aids, bibliographies, essays, poems, reports, information packets, and calendars.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Biographical / Historical
The Equal Right Amendment was first proposed as an amendment to the United States Constitution in 1921. It was reintroduced in 1971 and passed both houses of Congress in 1972. Despite wide support, conservative opposition over the next ten years stymied its passage, until a deadline in 1982 passed with not enough states having ratified the amendment. Thus, the ERA was never added to the Constitution.
1 Linear Feet (2 Archival Boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection of materials documents the United Church of Christ’s efforts to address inequalities for women in American society in the 1970s and 1980s. A large part of this collection is concerned with the campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), as well as opposition to it. In addition, the collection addresses issues of social justice and women’s equality such as abortion, child support, marriage, divorce, daycare, abuse of women, rape, and women’s status in the workplace. There are also materials relating to women’s role in the ministry.
Some of the materials were in folders; these folders are in box 2. The folders are labeled as follows: Statements Policy National UCC Task Force on Women in Church and Society Bibliographies and Resources No label; folder has handwritten speeches and notes Minutes of Task Force on Women, 1975-1979 Correspondence Women’s Task Force Southern Conf. Correspondence for Southern Conference Task Force on Women Correspondence to the SOC Women’s Task Force Worship-Theology The Common Lot So. Con. News Women – SNLL, etc. ERA, Criminal Justice, Abortion Language Sexism
The collection is in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Processed by Randall Bowman
- Church and social problems--United States. Subject Source: Local sources
- Equal rights amendments--United States. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United Church of Christ
- United Church of Christ--History.
- Women in Christianity--United States--History--20th century. Subject Source: Local sources
- Randall Bowman
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