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Preliminary Guide to the Women Work! Archives, 1979-2009

Abstract

Women Work! improved women's economic security through job training, education, lobbying policymakers, and partnering with other national organizations. It was originally known as the Displaced Homemakers Network, and operated from 1978 until 2009.

Accession (2009-0163) (12,375 items; 16.5 lin. ft.; dated 1979-2009) includes board materials, training guides and reports, program materials, conference files, newsletters and publications, news clippings and photocopies, photographs, slides, electronic files and images, and videos. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Women Work! The National Network for Women's Employment
Title
Women Work! Archives 1979-2009
Language of Material
English
Extent
16.5 Linear Feet, 12,375 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Accession (2009-0163) (12,375 items; 16.5 lin. ft.; dated 1979-2009) includes board materials, training guides and reports, program materials, conference files, newsletters and publications, news clippings and photocopies, photographs, slides, electronic files and images, and videos. CDs and other electronic data files have been removed and transferred to Duke's ERM server. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

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Contents of the Collection

Accession (2009-0163) (12,375 items; 16.5 lin. ft.; dated 1979-2009) includes board materials, training guides and reports, program materials, conference files, newsletters and publications, news clippings and photocopies, photographs, slides, electronic files and images, and videos. Women Work! has been abbreviated to WW! when possible.

DVDs of Women Triumph and Women Work! movies
Box 1
Audio cassettes, including tapes from conferences and luncheons, audio conferences, Displaced Homemakers Focus Group, board meetings, an oral history of Women Work!, and 3 miniature audio cassettes
Box 1
5 Betacam tapes, including Women Work! 20th Anniversary and the Transitions to Triumph video
Box 1
19 VHS tapes, including the 20th Anniversary Gala, political coverage, and news segments
Box 1
Annual reports (2 folders)
Box 2
We Work! magazine (volumes 1-3, 11 issues)
Box 2
WW! conference programs, 1995-2008 (11 folders)
Box 2
Publications, 1990s-2001 (2 folders)
Box 2
Network News newsletters, 1980s-2005 (3)
Box 2
Advocates Guides
Box 2
Economic Equity Insider, 1990s-2004 (2 folders)
Box 2
Transition Times, 1987-1992
Box 2
Transitions and Triumphs, 2001-2005
Box 2
Board files, 1980s (18 folders)

Includes budgets, mailing lists, committee materials, memoranda, and meeting minutes.

Box 2
Press, 1985, 1988-1989 (3 folders)
Box 3
Press (2 folders)
Box 3
Media Evaluations Status Reports, 1987 (10 folders, according to Region)
Box 3
Press clippings from news conference, 1990
Box 3
Press (9)
Box 3
Overcoming Obstacles, Winning Jobs
Box 3
Displaced Homemakers Network subscription service
Box 3
Reports and guides, 1980s-1990s (4 folders)
Box 3
Reports and guides, 1980s-1990s
Box 4
Grants contracts/Women's Bureau Quarterly Reports, 1997-1998 (8 folders)
Box 4
Insurance (6 folders)
Box 4
Spokesperson Project
Box 4
Displaced Homemakers Network Board, 1980s (11 folders)

Includes funds, committees, mailings, and meeting files.

Box 4
Tax seminar
Box 4
State program training
Box 4
Pittsburgh Junior League, 1982
Box 4
White House briefings, 1980s
Box 4
Displaced Homemakers Network grant proposals, 1979-1982
Box 4
Grant proposals
Box 5
Subscription service (2 folders)
Box 5
Bulk mailing
Box 5
Finances and miscellaneous information, 1990s
Box 5
Newsletter hot tips, 1986
Box 5
Network Know-How (Displaced Homemakers Network) (binder)
Box 5
All in a Day's Work: Organizing for Women's Economic Power, Nov. 8-10, 1987 (binder)
Box 5
Jobs That Pay! Non-traditional Occupations, April 2000 (binder)
Box 5
Guide to Non-traditional Occupations for Mid-Life and Older Women, March 1993 (binder)
Box 5
Getting IT Across! Recruiting women to IT careers, 2002 (binder)
Box 5
On the Right Track: empowerment and workplace rights, Sept. 1996 (binder)
Box 5
Superstores, Schools, and Sewers: Understanding local economy, Dec. 1996 (binder)
Box 5
Newsletters and printed guides, 2009
Box 5
Program directories, 1998-2000 (2 folders)
Box 5
Printed guides and reports, 1980s-1990s (4 folders)
Box 5
Publications: newsletters, guides, announcements, 1980s-2000s
Box 6
Financial report, 2002
Box 6
Assessment reports, 2002-2007 (2 folders)
Box 6
E-News, 2007 (binder)
Box 6
Economic Equity Insider newsletters, 2005-2006
Box 6
News clippings, 1975-2007 (14 folders)

These clippings are in clear plastic sleeves and are organized by year. In many cases, a donor-created index of the articles is available at the front of each folder.

Box 6
IDA Case
Box 7
RITA
Box 7
Value of Homemaking
Box 7
Women Vote
Box 7
Op Ed materials
Box 7
Media coverage
Box 7
Work Your Image
Box 7
CTFA (2 folders)
Box 7
Logos/letterhead
Box 7
Press conferences, 1990s (3 folders)
Box 7
Long range planning
Box 7
Developing a state network training
Box 7
LEAD Manuals, 1995-1996 (6 bound manuals)

Manuals are for individual states: Missouri, Michigan, Oregon, and Alabama.

Box 7
NCWO-Survey (2 folders)
Box 7
Bank of America
Box 7
Barbara Lee Foundation: GOTV
Box 7
CREW
Box 7
Fashion Takes Action (2 folders)
Box 7
Impact statement
Box 7
Constituent letters
Box 7
Appropriations, 1993-1995 (4 folders)
Box 7
Senate
Box 7
House
Box 7
WIA
Box 7
Vocational Education (4 folders)
Box 7
U.S. Dept. of Labor: Women's Bureau, 1990s-2001 (6 folders)
Box 7
State conferences, 2004-2005 ( 10 folders)
Box 8
History of Displaced Homemakers Network (3 folders)
Box 8
Strategic Philanthropy Investments report
Box 8
Speeches
Box 8
NEFE
Box 8
Work Your Image!
Box 8
CWJT
Box 8
Recruiting Women for NTO
Box 8
Approp. RITA, 2007
Box 8
Newspaper printouts and clippings, 2008-2009 (3 folders)
Box 8
Magazines, 2000s (2 folders)
Box 8
Displaced Homemakers Network pilot project legislation, 1970s-1980s
Box 8
Personnel and participant policies, 2002-2005
Box 8
Publications, mail, handouts, 1990s-2000s
Box 8
Frito Lay/WW! partnership, 2007
Box 8
Reports and miscellaneous materials, 1990-2008
Box 8
Strategic planning, 2008 (5 folders)
Box 8
Balanced scorecard
Box 8
Recruiting for the IT Age, 2002
Box 8
Network News, 1979-2005 (5 folders)
Box 9
Publications, 1990s-2000s
Box 9
GITA final report
Box 9
CREW retention final report
Box 9
WANTO 2002 (2 folders)
Box 9
Dislocated Worker Earmark, 2002
Box 9
Organization restructuring: Board Report Card
Box 9
Women's Bureau, 2000-2009 (6 folders)
Box 9
WW! Resources, tip sheets
Box 9
Manuscript and copyright agreements, 2004-2006 (2 folders)
Box 9
Public Policy Summit, 1998 (binder)
Box 9
Photo album pages (3 folders)
Box 10
1 photo album
Box 10
Historical photographs
Box 10
Network News and Success Story photographs, 1991
Box 10
Photographs and negatives
Box 10
Congressional pact briefing negatives (2 envelopes)
Box 10
Miscellaneous color photographs (17 envelopes)

Photographs from events, conferences, speaking engagements, and other programs. There are 6 large envelopes of miscellaneous or ungrouped photographs, and there are 11 smaller envelopes where photographs were labelled or bound together.

Box 10
6 photo albums
Box 11
Slides (3 boxes)
Box 11
Color photographs
Box 11
Photographs, rolls 1-13
Box 11
3 WW! tote bags
Box 11
Poster: Behind Many Successful Men and Women in America is a Displaced Homemaker, 1980s
Oversize Folder 1

Historical Note

Women Work! began in the early 1970s as the Alliance for Displaced Homemakers, which sought to assist newly divorced, widowed, or abandoned women in re-entering the workforce after working as homemakers. It quickly grew thanks to the grassroots efforts of founders Tish Sommers, Laurie Shields, Milo Smith, and Barbara Dudley. In 1978, a national conference was held and the Displaced Homemakers Network was formed, providing a permanent presence for the group in Washington, DC. In 1993, the organization became Women Work! The National Network for Women's Employment, and expanded its scope to address the economic concerns that women face throughout their lives. Women Work! focused its efforts on job training for women; educating Congress and policy makers about women's economic and employment issues; and networking with other organizations to enhance women's economic security. Women Work! ceased operations in 2009.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Women Work! Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Women Work! Archives were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2009.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Meghan Lyon, June 2009

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, June 2009

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.