Women Work! records, 1975-2009
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- Women Work! The National Network for Women's Employment
- 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.
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Accession (2009-0163) (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.
Accession (2015-0112) (0.6 lin. ft.; dated 1975-1990) is an addition that includes board materials, training guides and reports, program materials, administrative records, correspondance, and copies of the Network News, the publication for the Displaced Homemakers Network.
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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.
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- The Women Work! Archives were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift in 2009.
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Accessioned by Meghan Lyon, June 2009
Encoded by Meghan Lyon, June 2009
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- Occupational training for women
Unemployed women workers
Women -- Employment
Equal pay for equal work
Homemakers -- Employment
- Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
Women Work! The National Network for Women's Employment
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