Grassroots Feminist Organizations: Part 1 - Boston Area Second Wave Organizations, 1968-1998

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Part 1: Boston Area Second Wave Organizations, 1968-1998, consists of eight of the most active of the Second Wave grassroots organizations:

  • Boston Female Liberation, 1968-1974
    This collection consists of many of the earliest programmatic documents for the movement, including newsletters, position papers, statements, correspondence, legal documents, fliers, and press releases.
  • The Boston Area Feminist Coalition
    This collection documents the effort to organize women and feminist groups during the period 1981-1983, and especially to organize against the New Right.
  • Boston Women’s Union, Records, 1973-1976
    This collection includes notes, minutes, position papers, project analyses, and newsletters for this Boston Area Socialist-Feminist Organization, related to the Bread and Roses organization.
  • Women’s Educational Center
    The collection documents the growth of the Feminist women’s empowerment movement, in the Boston area and across the country.
  • Women’s School (Cambridge, MA) Records
    The school, founded in 1971, was as an alternative source of feminist education, and its ideologies were based on socialist feminism
  • Abortion Action Coalition 1970-1982
    Documents the founding and development of the Coalition and provides insight into the challenges women faced as federal and state legislators tried to curtail abortion rights.
  • Women Against Violence Against Women Records, 1972-1985
    The Boston chapter of Women Against Violence Against Women was founded in 1977 in response to a billboard advertisement for "Black and Blue" by the Rolling Stones.
  • Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women Service Groups, Records, 1979-1981
    This collection documents the Boston area efforts to provide shelter, counseling, and referrals to women and children victimized by domestic violence.

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