Guide to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women Records, 1979-1988 AIS.2006.10

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Pennsylvania Commission for Women Records
Creator
Pennsylvania. Commission for Women.
Collection Number
AIS.2006.10
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1983-1987
Date [inclusive]
1979-1988
Extent
2.25 linear feet (3 boxes)
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.

Preferred Citation

Pennsylvania Commission for Women Records, 1979-1988, AIS.2006.06, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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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

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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.

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Arrangement

Series I. Administrative, 1980-1988

Series II. Education and Outreach, 1980-1987

Series III. Commission Publications, 1979-1987

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, 2009

University of Pittsburgh Library System
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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.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Wendy Pflug in December 2009.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania. Commission for Women.

Occupation(s)

  • Credit -- Pennsylvania

Personal Name(s)

  • Crist, Christine Myers

Subject(s)

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

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Previous Citation

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

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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.

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

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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
PACW Events Newspaper clippings, 1980-1982, 1984-1985 43
  Folder
Region III Conference of Commission for Women, November 19, 1982 44
  Folder
Families and Work Panel, 1982 45
  Folder
More Women Candidates Caucus, January 1983 46
  Folder
Women, Poverty, and Public Policy Conference, October 28-29, 1983 47
  Folder
Region III Conference of Commission for Women November 11-12, 1983 48
  Folder
"Equality of the Sexes Still Evolving." Op-Ed by Christine Myers Crist for The Patriot (Harrisburg), June 5, 1984 49
  Folder
Pay Equity Newspaper clippings, 1984 50
  Folder
Women's Mental Health Steering Committee Report, 1984-1985 51
  Folder
Christine Myers Crist's Pittsburgh Speaking Engagements, March 1985 52
  Folder
Women's History Week Speaker and Brownbag Lunch, March 5, 1985 53
  Folder
Christine Myers Crist's Johnstown Speaking Engagements March 20, 1985 54
  Folder
Project Impact Workshop, March 27, 1985 55
  Folder
Daycare Interview and talking points, April 23, 1985 56
  Folder
Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals in Business Conference, April 28- May 1, 1985 57
  Folder
Region III Conference of Commissions for Women, may 10-11, 1985 58
  Folder
We The Women 200 Women for Greater Philadelphia speaking engagement, May 28, 1985 59
  Folder
National Association of Commissions for Women Conference, June 18-22, 1985 60
  Folder
Future of Women in the Workplace Workshop, 1985 61
  Folder
Symposium on Women's Issues, February 15-19, 1986 62
  Folder
Women's History Month Billboard Art Contest, March 1986 63
  Folder
Women's History Month materials and remarks by Christine Myers Crist, March 26, 1986 64
  Drawer
Women's History Month Poster, March 26, 1986 64
  Folder
Region III Conference of Commissions for Women, May 30-31, 1986 65
  Folder
Annual National Association of Commissions for Women Conference, June 18-21, 1986 66
  Folder
Partners for Pennsylvania Workshop June 28, 1986 67
  Folder
PACW Meeting with Ginny Thornburgh, August 26, 1986 68
  Folder
"State Women Still Equality." Op-Ed by Christine Myers Crist for The Evening News (Harrisburg), August 26, 1986 69
  BoxFolder
League of Women Voters of the New Castle Area Speaking Engagement, September 1986 21
  Folder
Tri-County Women's Conference, October 11, 1986 2
  Folder
Almech Luncheon Speaking Engagement, October 27, 1986 3
  Folder
Pennsylvania Conference of Local Commissions for Women, November 15, 1986 4
  Folder
Women's Legislative Exchange Conference, March 10, 1987 5
  Folder
Sexual Harassment in Housing and the Workplace, April 23, 1987 6
  Folder
Region III Conference of Commissions for Women, May 1-2, 1987 7
  Folder
Future of Women in the Workplace Conference Panel, 1987 8
  Folder
PACW Issues Fact Sheets, 1987 9

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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
The Women's Report: A Commentary, 1979-1983 10
  Folder
Women's News, September- October, 1979 11
  Folder
Women's News, May-August, November-December, 1980 12
  Folder
Women's News, January-February, May-June, November-December, 1981 13
  Folder
Women's News, January-December, 1982 14
  Folder
Women's News, January-December, 1983 15
  Folder
Women's News, January-December, 1984 16
  Folder
Women's News, January-October, 1985 17
  BoxFolder
Women's News, January-December, 1986 31
  Folder
Women's News, Spring, Summer, 1987 2
  Folder
PACW Annual Reports, 1980-1981, 1983 3
  Folder
CETA Services to Women: A Program of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, 1980 4
  Folder
How it Works: The Pennsylvania Commission for Women, 1983 5
  Folder
Miscellaneous PACW Pamphlets, 1982-1983 6
  Folder
Citizen's Guide to Block Grants, 1984 7
  Folder
A Day Care Checklist, 1985 8
  Folder
Pennsylvania Divorce Law, 1986 9
  Folder
Sexual Harassment on the Job, 1986 10
  Folder
Pennsylvania Commission for Women: Keeping Equality Alive, undated 11
  Folder
PACW Letterhead Folder and Christine Myers Crist Business Card, undated 12

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