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Creator: Women's Action Coalition (Boston, Mass.).
Title:Women's Action Coalition (Boston, Mass.) records
Call Number:M60
Location: 65/2; FF5/D4; FF5/D9; RS10/51
Volume: 1.25 cubic ft. (3 boxes, 2 flat files)
Scope and Content Note:The Boston Women's Action Coalition records document the group's direct actions, membership, and positions on women's issues, such as abortion, welfare, equal pay, breast cancer, sexuality, and domestic violence. Most documentation concerns the group's protests and other acts of resistance. Records concerning the direct actions show Boston WAC women participating in marches and rallies, protests, counter-presences, and theatrical performances. Records include summaries of each direct action, clippings, stickers, publicity, posters, and photographs. Meeting agendas (1992-1996) and minutes (1994-1996) provide evidence of members' discussions, the motivations and preparations for the direct actions, and other social and fund-raising activities. Promotional materials include new member packets, publications, brochures, and stickers, and reveal how the Boston Women's Action Coalition articulated its mission and positions on issues for both its members and general public. Clippings describe the Boston Women's Action Coalition's more visible actions and show varied public perspectives and reactions to the group's methods. Documentation concerning the group's founding is sparse. Photographs and other visual media are arranged according to the direct action they document.
Historical Abstract:The Women's Action Coalition was a national organization of women committed to taking direct action on issues related to the rights of women. Members saw visible, public resistance as a means to achieve economic parity and representation for women; an end to sexism, homophobia, racism, religious prejudice, and violence against women; and recognition of women's rights to health care, child care, housing, and reproductive freedom. The Women's Action Coalition chapter in Boston held its first meeting on August 26, 1992. Throughout the four active years of the group's existence, the Boston Women's Action Coalition participated in marches, rallies, and demonstrations supporting abortion rights, breast cancer awareness, lesbian and gay rights, and welfare rights. Members also placed artwork, stickers, and posters in public places to raise awareness about domestic violence, unequal pay for women, significant female historical figures, welfare reform measures, and political issues. The last meeting of the Boston Women's Action Coalition was on September 28, 1996.
Arrangement: Organized into 2 series: 1. Action Files; and 2. Subject Files.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Women's Action Coalition (Boston, Mass.)

  • Feminism -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Pro-choice movement -- Massachusetts
  • Public welfare -- Law and legislation -- Massachusetts
  • Women -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Societies and clubs
  • Women -- Crimes against
  • Women's rights -- Massachusetts -- Boston

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Michelle Light, September 2001