International Women’s Year in the Georgia Archives

The United Nations proclaimed that 1975 was International Women’s Year. In the spirit of the United Nations’ proclamation, on January 9, 1975, U.S. President Gerald Ford issued Executive Order 11832 creating a National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year “to promote equality between men and women.”
President Ford selected 1977 as the International Women’s Year in the United States and budgeted $5 million to pay for state and territory meetings and one national meeting to discuss the status of American Women.
Atlanta held its workshops on May 6 and 7, 1977.  A variety of events were scheduled from May 1-7.
Georgia Archives’ holdings include several collections on the 1977 International Women’s Year. The National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year Records collection gives a detailed overview of the event.  Included in the collection is a great deal of information on attendees’ differing opinions on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year Records, 1978-0074M
National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year Records, Georgia Women’s Meeting Posters, 1977
Georgia Archives, International Women’s Year Records, F-7289, Poster, 1977

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