ERA Illinois records
MSERAI96

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
ERA Illinois.
Title
ERA Illinois records
ID
MSERAI96
Date [inclusive]
1971-1990
Extent
15.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
The ERA Illinois was founded during the early 1970s in the wake of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. The Records of ERA Illinois contain the administrative records of the organization, literature about women's rights and brochures, clippings and other literature promoting and opposing the Equal Rights Amendment.

Preferred Citation

ERA Illinois records, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Administrative History

The ERA Illinois was founded during the early 1970s in the wake of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Second-wave feminists renewed the effort at passing the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which was written in 1923 by Alice Paul, suffragist leader and founder of the National Women's Party. After passage of the 19th Amendment (Women's Suffrage), guaranteeing "equal justice under the law" to all citizens, regardless of sex, became the next step in the campaign for women's rights. The ERA was introduced into every session of Congress since 1923. Congress passed the ERA in 1972, and the proposed twenty-seventh amendment to the Constitution was then sent to the states for ratification. To date, however, only thirty-five of the needed thirty-eight states have ratified this amendment. As a result, the ERA has been reintroduced into every session of Congress since 1982. ERA Illinois was a chapter in the national ERA organization and acted as an umbrella association of more than forty organizations, including the AFL-CIO, the Illinois Bar Association, and the League of Women Voters, seeking ratification of the ERA.

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Scope and Contents

The Records of ERA Illinois contain the administrative records of the organization, literature about women's rights and brochures, clippings and other literature promoting and opposing the Equal Rights Amendment. The collection also contains material on the legislative record of the Illinois Legislature and its members. Records for the ERA Illinois span from the early 1970s to 1990.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2006-11-14

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  07/23/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • ERA Illinois. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Midwest Women's History.
  • Women's rights -- United States.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: ERA Illinois Records 

Box Folder

Anti-ERA literature, 1977-1982 

1 1

Anti-ERA literature, 1977-1982 

1 2

Alton - ERA Ratification Center, 1979-1981 

1 3

Extension boycott, 1978-1981 

1 4

Cocktail party, 1978 

1 5

Boycott - shopping trip, 1979 

1 6

Bibliography - women's topics, undated 

1 7

Better Homes and Gardens - article, 1978 

1 8

Business Council sign-up sheet, undated 

1 9

Background and positions, 1975 

1 10

Background and positions, 1975 

1 11

Business targets, undated 

1 12

National Business Council for the Equal Rights Amendment, 1980 

1 13

Board Report - League of Women Voters, 1978 

1 14

Bruce - ERA, 1978-1980 

2 15

Citizens Advisory Committee - legislative history, 1974 

2 16

Judiciary hearings, 1980 

2 17

Business Council - kits, 1980 

2 18

Senate Count, 1981 

2 19

Meeting notes, 1980-1981 

2 20

Correspondence and reports, 1980 

2 21

Correspondence and reports, 1980 

2 22

Countdown rally, 1981 

2 23

Committee Guide material, 1977 

2 24

ERA Legislative Update, 1980 

2 25

ERA Bibliography, undated 

2 26

League of Women Voters of the U.S. newsletter, 1981 

2 27

Families and ERA, 1979-1980 

2 28

Farm - ERA, 1978-1980 

2 29

Fundraiser, 1982 

2 30

"In Pursuit of Equal Rights: Women in the Seventies" - League of Women Voters pamphlet, 1976 

3 31

Correspondence - League of Women Voters of the U.S., 1978 

3 32

ERA America - literature, 1979-1980 

3 33

ERA Report - Newsletter of the League of Women Voters of the U.S., 1979-1980 

3 34

ERA pamphlets, 1979-1980 

3 35

National Reproduction March, 1980 

3 36

National Business Council for ERA, 1979-1980 

3 37

Mormons for ERA, 1979-1980 

3 38

Military, 1972-1980 

3 39

National Business Council Media Campaign, 1982 

3 40

Legislative history, 1977 

3 41

Midwest Women's Center, 1977-1980 

4 42

National Organization for Women - articles, newsletters, 1977-1980 

4 43

National Organization for Women - correspondence, statements, 1977-1979 

4 44

American Civil Liberties Union material, 1978-1979 

4 45

Washington Equal Rights Amendment Coalition material, 1979-1981 

4 46

Wisconsin Education Association Council Women's Caucus, 1979 

4 47

Catholics and ERA, 19, 1978-1982 

4 48

Priests for ERA, 1975 

4 49

Catholics and ERA, 1976 

4 50

Catholic Women for the ERA, 1973-1981 

4 51

Contact lists, undated 

5 52

National Women's History Project, undated 

5 53

American Association of University Women, 1978-1980 

5 54

American Association of University Women, 1978-1980 

5 55

ERA Illinois membership, 1985-1986 

5 56

ERA PAC, 1981-1987 

5 57

ERA Illinois - minutes and reports, 1984 

5 58

ERA Network, 1986 

5 59

ERA Illinois Committee Network, 1984 

5 60

ERA Illinois Budget, 1985 

5 61

ERA Illinois membership, 1985-1986 

5 62

S.J. Res 10, undated 

6 63

ERA Illinois Board of Directors Meeting, 1984 

6 64

ERA Illinois Board of Directors Meeting, 1984 

6 65

ERA Illinois Board of Directors Meeting, 1984 

6 66

ERA Illinois Board of Directors Meeting, 1985 

6 67

ERA Illinois Board of Directors Meeting, 1985 

6 68

ERA Illinois Board of Directors Meeting, 1985 

6 69

ERA Illinois Board of Directors Meeting, 1985 

6 70

ERA Illinois Board of Directors Meeting, 1986 

6 71

ERA Illinois Board of Directors Meeting, 1986 

6 72

ERA Illinois Annual Meeting, 1986 

6 73

Fundraising - California, 1977 

6 74

Florida, 1981 

6 75

Kentucky, 1978-1980 

6 76

Louisiana, 1979 

6 77

Michigan, 1978 

6 78

Utah, 1979-1980 

6 79

Unratified states - Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia, 1979-1981 

6 80

American Dental Hygienists, 1978 

7 81

AFL-CIO, 1981 

7 82

Alton IL ERA, 1977-1980 

7 83

Illinois election, 1986 

7 84

New ERA, 1987 

7 85

New Feminists, 1985-1987 

7 86

ERA Illinois Networking Directory, 1988 

7 87

Correspondence, 1987 

7 88

Christmas greetings to legislators, 1987 

7 89

State Board of Elections, 1988 

7 90

Abortion and ERA, 1975 

8 91

Athletic programs, Title IX and women, undated 

8 92

Biblical support for women's equality, undated 

8 93

Boycott - misc. groups, 1980 

8 94

Boycott, 1978-1980 

8 95

Boycott - articles, 1978-1980 

8 96

Boycott - correspondence and statements, 1978-1980 

8 97

Business recruits, 1975 

8 98

Common Cause "Briefs", undated 

8 99

Comprehensive Pro-Era articles, statements, 1974-1980 

8 100

Conservative swing - 1980-1981 

8 101

Legal opinions, 1975-1981 

9 102

Legal opinions, 1975-1981 

9 103

Education, 1981 

9 104

Elderly and ERA, 1981 

9 105

Employment and ERA, 1980-1982 

9 106

ERA extension, 1977-1978 

9 107

ERA extension - report, statements, 1977-1978 

9 108

Homemakers Rights, 1975-1980 

9 109

Homosexual marriage, 1971-1974 

9 110

Lobbying information, 1980-1981 

9 111

Military, 1972-1982 

9 112

Politics - Women's gains in elections, 1983 

9 113

Legislative history, 1972 

10 114

Public opinion polls, 1978-1981 

10 115

Regan, Ronald - women's issues, 1980-1982 

10 116

Rescission, 1975-1978 

10 117

Referendum, 1979 

10 118

Religious contacts, undated 

10 119

Republican women leaders, undated 

10 120

Social security, 1981 

10 121

Speech - American Society of Women Accountants, 1982 

10 122

Strategy reports, 1977-1978 

10 123

State ERA provisions, 1976-1977 

10 124

State fair arrangement, 1978-1981 

10 125

Statistics re: women, 1975-1977 

11 126

Strategy, 1981-1982 

11 127

Women's History Week, 1982 

11 128

Legal opinions - 3/5th rule, 1979 

11 129

U.S. Supreme Court, 1981-1982 

11 130

3/5th rule - articles, report, 1975-1977 

11 131

3/5th rule -- memoranda, 1975-1981 

11 132

Mormons for ERA, 1979-1980 

11 133

National Women's Political Caucus, 1978-1982 

11 134

National Women's Political Caucus, 1978-1982 

11 135

ERA Political Action Committee, 1979 

12 136

Labor, 1979-1981 

12 137

League of Women Voters, 1977-1981 

12 138

Men for ERA, 1978-1981 

12 139

Women and ERA, 1986-1988 

12 140

Correspondence sent, 1986 

12 141

By-laws, 1984 

12 142

Anti-ERA literature, undated 

12 143

The Woman Activist - newsletter, 1985-1986 

12 144

Clippings, 1985-1987 

12 145

Clippings - women and politics, 1986 

13 146

Correspondence received, 1986-1987 

13 147

ERA Illinois minutes, 1985-1986 

13 148

ERA Illinois minutes, 1982-1985 

13 149

Minutes, 1982-1985 

13 150

Stationary, undated 

13 151

ERA Political Action Committee, 1984-1986 

13 152

Pathfinder Awards, 1988 

13 153

Pay Equity Coalition, undated 

13 154

Publications, 1982-1987 

14 155

Candidates and address for ERA questionnaire, 1988 

14 156

 

14 157

Telephone tree, 1984-1985 

14 158

Treasurer's reports, 1986-1987 

14 159

Used resource, 1988 

14 160

Voting records - candidates and representatives, 1986 

14 161

Voting records, 1986 

14 162

Gender Balance Act, 1988-1991 

15 163

Board of Directors, undated 

15 164

Letterhead, undated 

15 165

Board of Directors - annual meeting, 1987-1988 

15 166

Board of Directors - annual meeting, 1987-1988 

15 167

Candidate lists, 1988 

15 168

Board of Directors - annual meeting, 1987-1988 

15 169

Gender Balance Act, 1989-1990 

15 170

Board of Directors - annual meeting, 1990 

16 171

ERA Illinois mailing, 1991 

16 172

Board of Directors - annual meeting, 1990-1991 

16 173

Board of Directors - annual meeting, 1990-1991 

16 174

Board of Directors - annual meeting, 1990-1991 

16 175

Board of Directors - annual meeting, 1990-1991 

16 176

Board of Directors - annual meeting, 1989-1990 

16 177

Pro-ERA Alliance,, 1990 

16 178

ERA Illinois membership, 1989-1990 

16 179

Abortion, 1989 

17 180

Gender Balance bill, 1990 

17 181

ERA and politics, 1990 

17 182

Pathfinders Award, 1990 

17 183

Board of Directors - annual meeting, 1989 

17 184

ERA Illinois - correspondence and reports, 1989 

17 185

ERA Illinois - correspondence and reports, 1989 

17 186

Gender Balanced Appointments Act, 1990 

17 187

Pathfinders Award - nominations, 1990 

17 188

National Women's Conference Committee, 1988-1990 

17 189

ERA - National Action Committee, 1989 

17 190

Monthly calendar, 1988-1989 

18 191

ERA Illinois - notes and minutes, 1979-1980 

18 192

National Organization for Women, 1976 

18 193

National Organization for Women - activities, 1978-1983 

18 194

Illinois Nurses Association, 1978 

18 195

Illinois Education Association, 1978 

18 196

ERA American, 1976-1978 

19 197

Delta Kappa Gamma, 1979-1981 

19 198

Democratic National Committee, 1981 

19 199

ERA Ratification Project, 1979 

19 200

Evanston ERA Coalition, 1978-1980 

19 201

District 41 Coalition, 1975 

19 202

Federally Employed Women, 1976-1978 

19 203

Homemakers Equal Rights Association, 1978-1982 

19 204

Coalition of Jewish Organizations for Equal Rights Amendment, 1978-1979 

19 205

Illinois Women's Political Caucus, 1976 

19 206

Committee for the ERA, 1977-1978 

19 207

Common Cause, 1976 

19 208

Decalogue Society of Lawyers, 1978 

19 209

Coalition of Labor Union Women, 1978-1982 

19 210

Clearinghouse International newsletter, 1977-1981 

20 211

Civil Rights Committee, 1989-1982 

20 212

Alton ERA Center, 1979 

20 213

Annual reports, 1979-1980 

20 214

Expense reports, 1980 

20 215

Fundraising, 1981 

20 216

Fundraising, 1978-1981 

20 217

Fundraising, 1980-1981 

20 218

Fundraising appeals - other organizations, 1980-1981 

21 219

Media campaign, 1982 

21 220

ERA Illinois Board of Directors, 1978-1981 

21 221

ERA Illinois Board of Directors, 1980-1982 

21 222

Organizational memberships, 1978 

21 223

President's Report to the Board of Directors, 1982 

21 224

Press Coverage, 1982 

21 225

Cable Project, 1980 

21 226

ERA Illinois press releases, 1977-1980 

22 227

Shopping trip to ratified states, 1979-1980 

22 228

ERA Speakers Bureau, undated 

22 229

Steering Committee Project, 1981-1982 

22 230

National Education Association, 1971-1979 

22 231

ERA pamphlets - translations, undated 

22 232

Pamphlets for women, undated 

22 233

What ERA Can Do - statement, questionnaire, undated 

22 234

What ERA Can Do - press releases, pamphlets, undated 

22 235

Publication samples, undated 

23 236

Publications - catalogs, bibliographies, 1976 

23 237

District Coordinators and contacts, 1976-1998 

23 238

Organizational Contacts, 1978 

23 239

District Coordinators, 1973-1976 

23 240

Contact lists, 1978 

23 241

82nd General Assembly - directories, vote counts,, 1978 

23 242

ERA Illinois District Coordinators, 1976-1977 

24 237

ERA and Christianity - pamphlets, undated 

24 238

ERA History - summary, 1972-1977 

24 239

ERA History - news articles and correspondence, 1976-1977 

24 240

ERA History - progress, 1972-1977 

24 241

81st Assembly, 1980 

24 242

82nd General Assembly, 1982 

25 243

Roll Calls, 1972-1978 

25 244

ERA vote reports, 1978 

25 245

Money and legislative votes, 1980 

25 246

Gender gap, 1983 

25 247

Rules and Procedures for ERA PAC, 1981 

25 248

State Board of Elections, 1983-1984 

25 249

ERA Background material, 1974-1975 

26 250

ERA news releases and brochures, undated 

26 251

ERA Illinois Annual meeting, 1987-1989 

26 252

Women's rights - articles, brochures, 1980 

26 253

ERA Illinois reports, 1984 

26 254

ERA Networking Directory, 1988 

26 255

Republican Women for ERA, 1980 

26 256

16th District for ERA, 1979 

27 257

6th District for ERA, 1976 

27 258

Southern Illinois University Women's Caucus, 1980 

27 259

Student for ERA, 1980 

27 260

10th District Democratic Women, 1980 

27 261

United Methodist Support Project, 1978 

27 262

Will County for ERA, 1982 

27 263

Women in Communication, Inc., 1981 

27 264

Women Today newsletter, 1981 

27 265

YWCA, undated 

27 266

Religious Committee for ERA, 1977-1982 

27 267

National Organization for Women - National Times, 1980 

27 268

National Women's Party, 1980 

27 269

OHNET, 1980-1982 

28 270

Peer Perspective Newsletter, 1975-1980 

28 271

Pioneer Women, 1980 

28 272

PUSH, undated 

28 273

Illinois Board of Directors, 1981-1982 

28 274

ERA Newsletter and brochures, undated 

28 274

District Coordinator, 1981-1982 

28 275

Budget, 1976-1978 

28 276

ERA Central/ERA Coalition merger, 1976 

28 277

Legislative History, undated 

28 278

The Times of the 27th - newsletter, 1978-1982 

28 279

ERA Political Action Committee, 1982 

28 280

Treasurer's Report and correspondence, 1982 

28 281

ERA Illinois bylaws, 1978 

28 282

ERA Political Action Committee - statements, 1977-1981 

29 283

Roll Call - votes, 1982-1983 

29 284

Fundraising, 1981 

29 285

ERA Illinois Board Meetings, 1982 

29 286

ERA Illinois Board Meetings, 1983 

29 287

ERA Illinois Rational Process, 1980-1982 

29 288

Conference correspondence, 1982 

29 289

Conference - Spring, 1983 

29 290
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Slides and audio tapes 

30

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