Summary Information
Title: Pennsylvania Commission for Women Records
Collection Number: AIS.2006.10
Creator: Pennsylvania. Commission for Women.

Collection Dates: Bulk, 1983-1987
Collection Dates: 1979-1988
Extent: 2.25 linear feet (3 boxes)

Language: English

Abstract:
The Pennsylvania Commission for Women (PACW) was established in 1975 by Executive Order 1975-3 to insure that women had full and equal opportunities as citizens of the Commonwealth and to be a strong advocate for the rights of women in the state. Their records highlight efforts to eradicate sex discrimination, raise awareness and educate the public on issues concerning women in Pennsylvania.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

2009
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Wendy Pflug
History

The Pennsylvania Commission for Women (PACW) was created by Executive Order 1975-3 and signed by Governor Milton J. Shapp on February 27, 1975. The Commission's objective was to develop and carry out policies "to help insure that women had full and equal opportunities as citizens of the Commonwealth and to increase State government's effort to eradicate sex discrimination against women in Pennsylvania." The Commission was also tasked with being a strong advocate for the rights of women, to raise awareness, and to educate the public on issues concerning women.

The PACW was comprised of "at least fifteen but not more than twenty-one members appointed by the Governor and shall function in an advisory capacity to the Director." Members served one or two year terms and served without salary. The commission director was appointed by the Governor and reported directly to him, advising on matters affecting women.

To raise awareness for and to educate the public on issues concerning women, the Commission would regularly give speeches to groups such as the League of Women Voters, local chambers of commerce, and college audiences in Pennsylvania. Members of the Commission also made media appearances and contributed opinion editorials to newspapers, prepared news releases and provided background information to the media. The Commission compiled complete research data on women by collecting statistics on women in the family, labor force, education, and other categories. The PACW published a quarterly newsletter Women's News, which provided information on legislation and other data and events of particular concern to women. They also published pamphlets and brochures on topics such as sexual harassment, day care options, and divorce. Each brochure and pamphlet advised women of their legal rights and provided a list of state services, programs, and agencies to assist them.

The Commission participated in and worked closely with associations and coalitions of women's groups throughout Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region. In this capacity, they provided information and training for local organizations in a statewide conference for local commissions for women.

The PACW also founded More Women Candidates, a non-partisan organization which developed educational programs to increase the number of women candidates for public office. In this capacity, the Commission also committed to a ten-year project from 1981 to 1991 in order to track the number of women in elected office. The project collected, reported, and publicized the number of women elected to public office at all levels of government.

The Pennsylvania Commission for Women continues its mission as an agent of change and empowerment for the Commonwealth's women. It has also expanded its scope and is an ardent advocate for health care, business, and human rights legislation concerning women. Governor Edward G. Rendell signed the most recent Executive Order to continue the PACW's work on June 22, 2003. Governor Rendell appointed twenty-six members to the Commission and named Leslie Stiles as Executive Director.

Cited: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor's Office, Executive Order 1975-3. Establishment of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, February 27, 1975.

Pennsylvania Commission for Women Web site


Collection Scope and Content Notes

The Pennsylvania Commission for Women Records date from 1979 to 1988 and document the activities of the organization to help insure women had full and equal rights as citizens of Pennsylvania and to advocate for the rights of women in the Commonwealth. Most of the documents in this collection were created during the tenure of PACW Director, Christine Myers Crist (1983-1987). Included in the records are meeting minutes, budget information, activities reports, publications, and workshop materials that illustrate the ways the PACW sought to accomplish their objective.


Arrangement

Series I. Administrative, 1980-1988

Series II. Education and Outreach, 1980-1987

Series III. Commission Publications, 1979-1987


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Divorce -- Pennsylvania
  • Insurance -- Pennsylvania
  • Sex discrimination against women -- Pennsylvania
  • Sexual harassment of women -- Pennsylvania
  • Women -- Pennsylvania
  • Women's rights -- Pennsylvania

Corporate Names
  • Pennsylvania. Commission for Women.

Personal Names
  • Crist, Christine Myers

Occupations
  • Credit -- Pennsylvania

Category
  • Government
  • Social action
  • Women

Access and Use
Preferred Citation:

Pennsylvania Commission for Women Records, 1979-1988, AIS.2006.06, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Wendy Pflug in December 2009.

Copyright:

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.


Collection Inventory

Series I. Administrative 1980-1988

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains documents relating to the administration of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women (PACW) from 1980 to 1988. The majority of these files are meeting minutes, agendas, notes, and related information. These meetings set the tone for goals the commission sought to achieve. Information on such issues as child care and credit equality can be found in the files related to meetings. Most meetings were held quarterly in Harrisburg, unless noted. Included in this series are bi-weekly activities reports, research files on various women's issues, and budget reports submitted to the legislature, which provide a detailed summary of activities, progress made, and goals achieved. The Administrative series also contains files from More Women Candidates, a non-partisan organization founded by the commission to create educational programs to increase the number of women candidates for public office. This series is arranged chronologically.


Box 1
Folder 1 PACW Meeting, December 17, 1980
Folder 2 PACW Meeting, April 29, 1981
Folder 3 PACW Director, Helen Seager Correspondence, 1982
Folder 4 More Women Candidates Project, March 1982
Folder 5 PACW Joint Meeting with Local Commissions for Women in Philadelphia, May 6, 1982
Folder 6 PACW Meeting, December 9, 1982
Folder 7 Correspondence received by Christine Myers Crist, 1982-1987
Folder 8 PACW Bi-Weekly Reports, 1983
Folder 9 Women in Government Research Files, 1983-1985
Folder 10 PACW Bi-Weekly Reports, January-June, 1984
Folder 11 PACW Bi-Weekly Reports, July-December, 1984
Folder 12 PACW Executive Board Meeting, September 11, 1984
Folder 13 PACW Meeting, October 3, 1984
Folder 14 PACW Meeting on Day Care Needs in Pennsylvania, October 19, 1984
Folder 15 More Women Candidates, Project History and Meeting, 1984
Folder 16 PACW with Governor Dick Thornburgh Photograph, January 1985
Folder 17 PACW Meeting in Allentown, January 29, 1985
Folder 18 PACW Meeting, March 25, 1985
Folder 19 PACW Meeting in State College, June 5, 1985
Folder 20 PACW Meeting, October 28, 1985
Folder 21 Senate Appropriation Committee regarding PACW Budget, 1985
Folder 22 Auto Insurance Rates for Women Research, 1985
Folder 23 Correspondence and Memos sent by Christine Myers Crist, 1985-1987
Folder 24 National Women's Political Caucus ranking of Pennsylvania Appointed Cabinet Officers, 1986
Folder 25 State Government Transition Document regarding PACW, 1986
Folder 26 Budget Review Meeting and Remarks given by Christine Myers Crist, January 10, 1986
Folder 27 PACW Meeting, January 29, 1986
Folder 28 PACW Meeting in Pittsburgh, June 11, 1986
Folder 29 PACW Meeting, September 10, 1986
Folder 30 PACW Meeting, November 14, 1986
Folder 31 PACW Orientation Meeting, November 14-15, 1986
Folder 32 First Pennsylvania Conference of Local Commissions for Women, November 15, 1986
Folder 33 Correspondence Regarding New PACW Design, 1986
Folder 34 More Women Candidate Executive Board Meeting, December 5, 1986, January 7, 1987
Folder 35 More Women Candidates Meeting, March 10, 1987
Folder 36 More Women Candidates Meeting, March 10, 1987
Folder 37 More Women Candidates Information 1987
Folder 39 Budget Appropriation Justification, 1987-1988
Folder 38 PACW Fact Sheet, Meeting Agenda, and Legislation of Interest, 1987
Folder 40 PACW Director, Christine Myers Crist Photographs undated
Folder 41 Christine Myers Crist Biography undated
Folder 42 Credit Rights of Women Research, undated

Series II. Education and Outreach 1980-1987

Scope and Content Notes:

The Education and Outreach series chronicles efforts to raise awareness and educate the public on various issues concerning women. The PACW was active in arranging programs, conferences, and workshops that dealt with a variety of issues relevant to women such as, re-entering the workforce, sexual discrimination and harassment, mental health, divorce, women in the workplace, and day care. Included in this series are files that were maintained by commission Director Christine Myers Crist on speaking engagements, and opinion-editorial pieces (Op-Eds) she wrote and newspaper clippings that cite PACW and the topics they worked to address. The material in the Education and Outreach series dates from 1980 to 1987 and is arranged chronologically.

Folder 43 PACW Events Newspaper clippings, 1980-1982, 1984-1985
Folder 44 Region III Conference of Commission for Women, November 19, 1982
Folder 45 Families and Work Panel, 1982
Folder 46 More Women Candidates Caucus, January 1983
Folder 47 Women, Poverty, and Public Policy Conference, October 28-29, 1983
Folder 48 Region III Conference of Commission for Women November 11-12, 1983
Folder 49 "Equality of the Sexes Still Evolving." Op-Ed by Christine Myers Crist for The Patriot (Harrisburg), June 5, 1984
Folder 50 Pay Equity Newspaper clippings, 1984
Folder 51 Women's Mental Health Steering Committee Report, 1984-1985
Folder 52 Christine Myers Crist's Pittsburgh Speaking Engagements, March 1985
Folder 53 Women's History Week Speaker and Brownbag Lunch, March 5, 1985
Folder 54 Christine Myers Crist's Johnstown Speaking Engagements March 20, 1985
Folder 55 Project Impact Workshop, March 27, 1985
Folder 56 Daycare Interview and talking points, April 23, 1985
Folder 57 Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals in Business Conference, April 28- May 1, 1985
Folder 58 Region III Conference of Commissions for Women, may 10-11, 1985
Folder 59 We The Women 200 Women for Greater Philadelphia speaking engagement, May 28, 1985
Folder 60 National Association of Commissions for Women Conference, June 18-22, 1985
Folder 61 Future of Women in the Workplace Workshop, 1985
Folder 62 Symposium on Women's Issues, February 15-19, 1986
Folder 63 Women's History Month Billboard Art Contest, March 1986
Folder 64 Women's History Month materials and remarks by Christine Myers Crist, March 26, 1986
Drawer 64 Women's History Month Poster, March 26, 1986
Folder 65 Region III Conference of Commissions for Women, May 30-31, 1986
Folder 66 Annual National Association of Commissions for Women Conference, June 18-21, 1986
Folder 67 Partners for Pennsylvania Workshop June 28, 1986
Folder 68 PACW Meeting with Ginny Thornburgh, August 26, 1986
Folder 69 "State Women Still Equality." Op-Ed by Christine Myers Crist for The Evening News (Harrisburg), August 26, 1986

Box 2
Folder 1 League of Women Voters of the New Castle Area Speaking Engagement, September 1986
Folder 2 Tri-County Women's Conference, October 11, 1986
Folder 3 Almech Luncheon Speaking Engagement, October 27, 1986
Folder 4 Pennsylvania Conference of Local Commissions for Women, November 15, 1986
Folder 5 Women's Legislative Exchange Conference, March 10, 1987
Folder 6 Sexual Harassment in Housing and the Workplace, April 23, 1987
Folder 7 Region III Conference of Commissions for Women, May 1-2, 1987
Folder 8 Future of Women in the Workplace Conference Panel, 1987
Folder 9 PACW Issues Fact Sheets, 1987

Series III. Commission Publications 1979-1987

Scope and Content Notes:

The Commission Publications series dates from 1979 to 1987 and is arranged chronologically by publication title. This series contains the Women's News, a statewide quarterly publication created by the PACW with information on topics that affected opportunities for women. The commission also created brochures and pamphlets detailing state services and programs available to women.

Folder 10 The Women's Report: A Commentary, 1979-1983
Folder 11 Women's News, September- October, 1979
Folder 12 Women's News, May-August, November-December, 1980
Folder 13 Women's News, January-February, May-June, November-December, 1981
Folder 14 Women's News, January-December, 1982
Folder 15 Women's News, January-December, 1983
Folder 16 Women's News, January-December, 1984
Folder 17 Women's News, January-October, 1985

Box 3
Folder 1 Women's News, January-December, 1986
Folder 2 Women's News, Spring, Summer, 1987
Folder 3 PACW Annual Reports, 1980-1981, 1983
Folder 4 CETA Services to Women: A Program of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, 1980
Folder 5 How it Works: The Pennsylvania Commission for Women, 1983
Folder 6 Miscellaneous PACW Pamphlets, 1982-1983
Folder 7 Citizen's Guide to Block Grants, 1984
Folder 8 A Day Care Checklist, 1985
Folder 9 Pennsylvania Divorce Law, 1986
Folder 10 Sexual Harassment on the Job, 1986
Folder 11 Pennsylvania Commission for Women: Keeping Equality Alive, undated
Folder 12 PACW Letterhead Folder and Christine Myers Crist Business Card, undated