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President's Advisory Committee on Women, 1976-1980

Identifier: Subseries A.

Scope and Contents of the Sub-series

Sub-series A., President's Advisory Committee on Women, spans from 1976-1980. This sub-series demonstrates the process in which the Committee operated, through Dewald’s correspondence, notes, minutes from those meetings, press releases, testimonies, and supporting articles gathered and analyzed by the Committee and Dewald. The sub-series includes material related to hearings in Raleigh (September 1979), Tampa (February 1980), Denver (May 1980), and other parts of the country, held to learn firsthand what barriers women were encountering as individuals in their own communities. The sub-series also comprises widely distributed newsletters, brochures, and other publications produced by the committee.


  • 1976-1980

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Historical Note about the President’s Advisory Committee on Women

The National Advisory Committee for Women (NACW) was established by President Carter as a response to the National Women’s Conference in Houston in November 1977. The delegates from this conference approved a plan of action that called for federal involvement in 26 areas, including the Equal Rights Amendment, which at that time was only three states short of ratification. In March 1978, the plan was submitted to Congress and President Jimmy Carter, who in response established the NACW. The senate also provided a three-year extension for the ratification of the ERA.

Originally chaired by Bella Abzug, the NACW was to be the voice for American women to Carter's administration and to seek solutions for the inequities women face. The committee consisted of 28 women and men from every part of the country, from many ethnic and racial backgrounds. As Chair of the Women's Division of the Democratic National Committee, Gretta Dewald was appointed to the NACW. In 1979, Carter named Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, the daughter of former President Johnson, chair of the committee, which was renamed the President’s Advisory Committee on Women. The committee's final report to the President, outlining the status of women in America in 1980, recommend what was still needed to be done to assure women a full and equal place in American life.


From the Collection: 34.8 Linear Feet (in 50 manuscript boxes; 12 textile boxes and 4 artifact boxes; 1 oversized)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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