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Collection Overview
Title: Sondra Gayle Stein papers
Dates: 1977-1990
Location: 64/4
Call Number: M93
Volume: .65 cubic ft. (4 boxes)
Scope and Content Note: The collection contains the papers of Sondra Gayle Stein, which include records from the Abortion Action Coalition, the Coalition for Women's Safety, a socialist feminist group in Cambridge, and a workshop at New Hampshire College on surviving as a woman in the 1980s. The records span 1977 to 1981 and include correspondence, flyers, position statements, clippings, and informational files about women's issues and organizations in Boston in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Historical Note: Sondra Gayle Stein was a member of several organizations in Boston, Massachusetts that addressed women's rights and concerns, including the Abortion Action Coalition and the Coalition for Women's Safety. The Abortion Action Coalition began in 1977 to oppose the Doyle-Flynn anti-abortion amendment, which would have cut state funding for abortions. The Abortion Action Coalition also focused on issues of birth control, maternity leave, teen pregnancy, and child care. The Abortion Action Coalition disbanded in 1980. The Coalition for Women's Safety was established in April 1979 by several community organizations in response a growing number of female murders, mostly African American, in the Dorchester/Roxbury area of Boston. The Coalition for Women's Safety worked to raise awareness about violence against women in Boston, supported the families of victims, organized street and neighborhood safety networks, encouraged media coverage on violence against women, and informed government officials about safety issues for women. Stein was also a member of a socialist feminist group in Cambridge, Massachusetts that focused on rights for gay women and transsexuals.
Arrangement: Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Stein, Sondra Gayle

  • Abortion Action Coalition
  • Coalition for Women's Safety

  • Pro-choice movement -- Massachusetts
  • Women's rights -- Massachusetts
  • Feminism -- United States.

Restrictions: The collection is unrestricted.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Kate Geiszler, August 2003
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Abortion Action Coalition
3Correspondence 1977-1978
1Internal Education Workshop1977
1Minutes and Agendas 1977-1978
1Morality Committee: Pro-choice Pamphlet 1977
1The National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL) Political Action Committee 1980
1Proposed Principles, Structures and Strategies 1977-1979
3Propaganda /Flyers for Demonstrations 1977-1979
1The Second Sex - 30 Years Later: Conference 1979
New Hampshire College
1Correspondence 1980
2Survival, Ourselves and our Community in the 1980s 1980
Socialist Feminist Group (Boston, Mass.)
1Contacts n.d.
1Discussions 1979-1980
1Literature and Research Notes 1978-1981
1, 3Minutes (2 folders)1977-1980
1 Sojourner Newspaper n.d., 1990
Women's Safety Coalition
1Boston Bail Project/ Bail Funds 1980
4Boston Wages for Housework Committee ca. 1979
1Casa Myrna Vazquez 1979
1Campaign for Anti-Racist Education 1979
1Coalition Statements 1979
1Combahee River Collective 1979
1Correspondence 1979-1980
1Crisis 1979
1Domestic Violence and Technical Assistance Project 1979
1Emerge 1980
4Freedom Stride Fundraiser 1979
1Media Contacts 1979
2Membership List 1979
1Minutes (3 folders)1979-1981
2Mujeres Latino Americanas de New Haven ca. 1977-1979
1National Black Student Association at Northeastern University 1979
1News Clippings: Racism 1977
2Press Release 1979
2Rape Action Project 1979
4Roxbury Murders Clipping File 1979
2 Roxbury Women Murders Press Packet 1979
2Safe House 1979
2The Second Wave Interview 1980
2Statement to Black Caucus and Mayor 1979
2Struggling Toward Sisterhood: Images of Women in Black and White 1980
2Support Group for Women's Safety 1979
2Take Back the Night 1979
4Taxi Assault Questionnaire 1979
2Women Defending Women 1979
4Women's Safety Month 1979
2Willie Sanders Defense Committee 1980