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9to5 Atlanta Working Women records

 Collection
Identifier: L2005-08

Scope and Content of the Records

The records, 1972-2009 (bulk 1984-2006), of non-profit organization 9to5 Atlanta Working Women consist primarily of correspondence, grant and funding proposals, meeting minutes and agendas, surveys and reports, membership records, campaign and project materials, photographs, reference files, and audio-visual material. The collection documents the major campaigns and activities of 9to5 while also detailing the day-to-day functioning of a major non-profit organization. Correspondence is located throughout the collection, the majority between the national executive board and Atlanta staff director Cindia Cameron, chapter staff members, volunteers, and members of affiliated organizations. The collection contains an assortment of reference/statistics files, including news clippings, reports and surveys, factsheets, pamphlets, booklets, legislative documents, and organizational resources related to non-profits and social organizing as well as major campaigns and legislation. Although the collection documents primarily the work of and interactions between the national board and Atlanta 9to5, the collection also includes administrative and campaign files from other state chapters.

Dates

  • 1972-2009
  • Majority of material found within 1984 - 2006

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Access to materials with personal or sensitive information has been restricted. Consult Special Collections for more information about accessing the records in boxes 125-127.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

History of 9to5 Atlanta Working Women

In 1973, a group of office workers in Boston got together to talk about issues which had no name: sexual harassment, work/family challenges, and pay equity. From this beginning, 9to5 emerged as the national organization dedicated to putting working women's issues on the public agenda. Now in its fourth decade, 9to5 continues to build a movement to achieve economic justice by engaging directly affected women to improve working conditions. 9to5 envisions an economically just world where poverty and discrimination have been eliminated, the contributions of women are recognized, and women and their families thrive.

The work of 9to5 focuses predominately on creating and implementing family-friendly policies to help working people balance responsibilities at home and on the job, making nonstandard jobs voluntary and equitable so that those working part-time or temporary positions receive fair pay and benefits, eliminating workplace discrimination through education about legal rights on the job, monitoring enforcement agencies and expanding anti-discrimination laws, and opposing punitive welfare policies and backing those that allow women supporting their families to be self-sufficient. In addition to policy work, the 9to5 National Job Hotline provides council and resources to women and families on job-related questions and concerns. 9to5 also hosts conferences annually, participates in other organization-led conferences and provides training to women, organizations and businesses on a variety of work-related issues.

The Atlanta chapter was founded in the fall of 1980, providing resources to Atlanta's working women and building coalitions with these women and other activists to create social change. 9to5 Atlanta helps lead coalition efforts to win state legislative reform, including the Parent Protection Act, which would require all employers in Georgia to provide 24 hrs/year leave for parents to attend school-related activities of their children or routine medical appointments for themselves or a family member. They also aim to raise the GA minimum wage, index it to keep up with inflation, and cover groups of workers who are left out of the federal minimum wage law. Atlanta 9to5 also works closely with the executive board, striving for policy change on the national level. National campaigns include the Family Medical Leave Act [FMLA], Living Wage, Privacy for Workers and Consumers Act, Civil Rights Act, pay equity, welfare reform, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families [TANF].

Extent

54.25 Linear Feet (in 130 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

Established in 1973, 9to5 Working Women focuses on creating and implementing family-friendly policies to help working people balance responsibilities at home and on the job, making nonstandard jobs voluntary and equitable so that those working part-time or temporary positions receive fair pay and benefits, eliminating workplace discrimination through education about legal rights on the job, monitoring enforcement agencies and expanding anti-discrimination laws, and opposing punitive welfare policies and backing those that allow women supporting their families to be self-sufficient. The Atlanta chapter was founded in 1983, providing resources to Atlanta's working women and building coalitions with these women and other activists to create social change on the state and national levels.

Acquisition Information

Donated by 9to5 Atlanta Working Women, courtesy of Cindia Cameron, 2005 and 2010 [L2005-08, L2005-22, and L2010-18].

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Working Women in Atlanta Oral History project, November 1987 (L1989-24)

Separated Materials

During processing, printed material was separated to other Southern Labor Archives collections.

Processing Information

Processed by Crystal Rodgers at the file level, October 2011.
Title
9to5 Atlanta Working Women:
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
October 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • September 2011: EAD created by Crystal Rodgers.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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