|Creator:||Mobilization for Survival: Feminist Task Force.
||Mobilization for Survival: Feminist Task Force records
|Volume:||0.15 cubic feet (one box)
||In 1977, a group of activists formed the Boston chapter of Mobilization
for Survival, an organization dedicated to nuclear disarmament and
peace. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mobilization for Survival
rallied against a variety of anti-military and anti-nuclear causes
such as the American presence in Central America and nuclear proliferation.
In 1985, a group of feminists in the Boston chapter met to create
a Feminist Task Force within the organization to address women's issues
within the anti-militarist and anti-nuclear movements, as well as
bring the those issues into feminist organizations in Boston. The
Task Force met monthly and sponsored forums ranging from the history
of women in the peace movement to challenges facing women in Central
America. The Task Force also mobilized against the Massachusetts Human
Services ban on gay and lesbian families fostering children in 1985,
culminating in a massive rally in May of that year. The group continued
to meet until 1987.
Scope and Content Abstract:
|This collection features the history and minutes of the Boston Mobilization
for Survival's Feminist Task Force. It also contains member lists
and contact information. Other highlights of this collection include
flyers and a press release of activities and forums sponsored between
1985 and 1987 outlining the Task Force's priorities and ideology.
This collection also provides some insight into the political debates
of the Boston Mobilization for Survival with copies of its organizational
evaluation, compiled by its evaluation task force in 1985 and coordinating
committee materials from the same period. This collection contextualizes
the organization of the Feminist Task Force and the politics of the
Boston chapter of Mobilization for Survival. Though the collection
is small in size and limited in scope, these papers capture the energy
invested by Task Force members and the causes they supported during
|Arrangement:||Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
|Subjects and Contributors:||
- Mobilization for Survival
- Women -- Societies and clubs
- Women's rights -- Massachusetts
- Feminism -- Boston -- Massachusetts
- Gay activists -- Massachusetts
- Gay rights -- Massachusetts
- Gays -- legal status, laws, etc. -- Massachusetts
- Lesbian activists -- Massachusetts
- Pro-choice movement -- Massachusetts
- Women political activists -- Central America
|Restrictions:||The collection is unrestricted.
Women's Educational Center (Cambridge, Mass) (M47), Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts
Ready Papers (M88), Boston
Area Feminist Coalition (M121)
||Finding aid prepared by Cynthia Rufo, 2007 Oct 26.