Skip to main content

Janet Cukor papers

 Collection
Identifier: W064

Scope and Content of the Papers

The papers document Cukor's involvement in efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in the state of Georgia, and her participation in the National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas in November 1977, as well as her interest in other women-centered issues such as displaced homemakers, marriage and divorce legislation, and women in the workforce. A large part of the collection consists of newspaper and magazine clippings concerning the state of women's rights in the United States. There is also a substantial amount of correspondence, ranging from "letters to the editor," notes to state and federal politicians, and memorandums sent to fellow activists.

Dates

  • 1965-1996

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

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. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Biography of Janet Cukor

Jeannette (Janet) Cukor, nee Glavac, was born in 1924 in Detroit, Michigan. She attended Wayne State University, earning a Bachelor's of Science degree in education, with majors in elementary education and social studies, and minors in math, English, and science. She also did graduate work in the fields of guidence and counseling at Wayne State University and the University of Colorado. She would eventually complete a J.D. from Woodrow Wilson College of Law.

Cukor married in 1953, and had two daughters, Pamela (1954) and Patricia (1956). Upon moving to Atlanta in 1965, she become active in local politics, joining the Democratic Party of DeKalb County, and serving on its Committee from 1975 to 1992. She also served two terms on the State Committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia.

Cukor's involvement in the Equal Rights Amendment began when she became the administrative assistant for Eleanor Richardson who, in 1974, successfully ran for a seat in Georgia's House of Representatives. Representing ERA Georgia Inc., she served as an observer at the 1977 National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas. She also advocated on behalf of displaced homemakers (i.e., divorced or widowed housewives with little to no work experience), and called attention to property laws that unfairly discriminated against married women.

After the Equal Rights Amendment failed to pass, Cukor continued to serve in a number of positions in local government, including the Advisory Committee on Aging (1988-), the Partnership for Community Action (1979-2004), and the DeKalb County Cable Access Television Citizen's Advisory Board (1980-1983).

Extent

3 Linear Feet (in 6 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The papers document women's rights activist Janet Cukor's involvement in efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in the state of Georgia, and her participation in the National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas in November 1977, as well as her interest in other women-centered issues such as displaced homemakers, marriage and divorce legislation, and women in the workforce.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Janet Cukor, June 2004 and July 2005.

Online Availability:

Several items have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Janet Cukor oral history interview, May 3, 2004. Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project (W008)

Separated Materials Note

During processing, printed material was separated to Women's Printed Collections. For periodicals, see the Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals finding aid or the library catalog for access. For pamphlets, see the Women's Printed collection: Pamphlets finding aid.

Separated to Women's Printed Collection -- Women's Pamphlets (See finding aid for access)

  1. The American Association of University Women Atlanta Branch Announces a Women's Education Fund Scholarship for Undergraduate Women in Metropolitan Atlanta (American Association of University Women) [Equal rights amendments--American Association of University Women]
  2. The American Woman: Who Will She Be? (The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education, August 2-4, 1973) [Conferences and exhibits]
  3. Get Ready, Get Set, Go to Work (Young Women's Christian Association Vocational Counseling Center) [Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Atlanta]
  4. Catholics and the Equal Rights Amendment (NETWORK) [Equal rights amendments and religion]
  5. Comparable Worth: Washington Women Have an Idea for You... (Thomson, Kathleen and Diane Robertson) [Equal pay for equal work--Washington (State)]
  6. Equal Credit Opportunity Act (Federal Trade Commission, April 1977) [Sex discrimination in consumer credit]
  7. Equal Rights Amendment (Women Organized to Meet Existing Needs) [Equal rights amendments--Women Organized to Meet Existing Needs]
  8. The Equal Rights Amendment: A Message from Glenn E. Watts, President, Communications Workers of America (Communications Workers of America) [Equal rights amendments and labor unions]
  9. The Equal Rights Amendment: Boon for Women? or Boondoogle! Facts vs. Claims (Stop ERA) [Equal rights amendments--Stop ERA]
  10. Equal Rights Amendment: Ratification and the Seven-Year Provision (National Organization for Women Legal Defense Fund) [Equal rights amendments--National Organization for Women]
  11. The Equal Rights Amendment: What Does it Mean to You? (Nationonal Organization for Women) [Equal rights amendments--National Organization for Women]
  12. The Equal Rights Amendment: What It Is and What It Isn't (Georgia Council for the Equal Rights Amendment, 1978) [Equal rights amendments--Georgia Council for the Equal Rights Amendment]
  13. The Equal Rights Amendment: What it Really Is (ERA Georgia, Inc.) [Equal rights amendments--ERA Georgia, Inc.]
  14. The Equal Rights Amendment: What's in it for Black Women? (United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1973) [Equal rights amendments--U.S. Commission on Civil Rights]
  15. ERA: A Bread and Butter Issue (American Association of University Women, September 1977) [Equal rights amendments--American Association of University Women]
  16. ERA, Equality, and You (The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.) [Equal rights amendments--National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.]
  17. ERA: Focus on Illinois (Equal Rights Amendment Political Action Committee) [Equal rights amendments--Illinois]
  18. ERA: Hot Potato for the Legislature (article in Georgia State Bar Journal, Vol.14, No.2, October 1977) [Equal rights amendments--Law and legislation--Georgia]
  19. The ERA is Just Good Business for Missouri (People for Constitutional Progress) [Equal rights amendments--Missouri]
  20. ERA Resources (Citizen's Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 1976) [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  21. The ERA: What it Means to Men and Women (League of Women Voters, September 1974) [Equal rights amendments--League of Women Voters of the United States]
  22. ERAmerica Benefit, November 18, 1977, Houston, Texas (ERAmerica) [ERAmerica]
  23. EVE '74: A Program For and About Women (Columbus College, Fall 1974) [Conferences and exhibits]
  24. For Full and Permanent Equality...The Equal Rights Amendment (ERAmerica) [Equal rights amendments--ERAmerica]
  25. Georgia Women's Meeting for the Observance of International Women's Year (The Georgia Federation of Democratic Women, May 6-7, 1977) [International Women's Year]
  26. Homemakers Need the Equal Rights Amendment (Housewives for the ERA) [Housewives for the ERA]
  27. How to Join in the NOW Economic Boycott Campaign (National Organization for Women, 1977) [Equal rights amendments--National Organization for Women]
  28. Is a Woman a Person? (Women United, 1971) [Equal rights amendments--United States]
  29. Leslie Friedman: Attitudes Toward Women (Friedman, Leslie) [Women in mass media]
  30. Michigan Yes: Equal Rights Amendment (Michigan ERA) [Equal rights amendments--Michigan]
  31. NOW Goals (National Organization for Women) [Equal rights amendments--National Organization for Women]
  32. The Place of Women in God's Plan (Board of Church and Society) [Equal rights amendments and religion]
  33. Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights: 24 Christian, Jewish and Other Religious Bodies Committed to Safeguarding the Option of Legal Abortion (Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights) [Abortion--Religious aspects]
  34. Spirit of '76: Equality (California Commission on the Status of Women, 1976) [Equal rights amendments--California]
  35. Statement on the Equal Rights Amendment (United States Commission on the Equal Rights Amendment, 1978) [Equal rights amendments--U.S. Commission on Civil Rights]
  36. Successful Advocacy: A Practical Handbook (Equal Rights Amendment Project, California Commission on the Status of Women, 1975) [Equal rights amendments--California Commission on the Status of Women]
  37. That Old American Dream and the Reality, or Why We Need Marital Property Reform (Wisconsin Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, 1977) [Equal rights amendments--Wisconsin]
  38. What Can You Do to Ratify the ERA in Another State? Plenty (Michigan ERA) [Equal rights amendments--Michigan]
  39. What Happens if This Man Leaves the Picture? (ERAmerica) [Equal rights amendments--ERAmerica]
  40. What the Equal Rights Amendment Means (National Association of Women Lawyers) [Equal rights amendments--National Association of Women Lawyers]
  41. Who Will Defend America? (The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.) [Equal rights amendments--National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.]
  42. Why Labor Supports ERA (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)) [Equal rights amendments and labor unions]
  43. Winning With Choice: A Campaign Strategy Guide (Voters for Choice) [Abortion]
  44. Woman, 1977: The Status of American Women (National Women's Conference, November 18-21, 1977, Houston, Texas) [National Women's Conference (Houston, TX, 1977)]
  45. Women in American Society: A Radical America Pamphlet (Radical America, 1971) [Working class women--United States]
  46. Women on Campus: Georgia's Students, Administrators, Faculty (American Association of University Women, 1972) [Education]
  47. Work With Us: The Governor's Commission on the Status of Women (Governor's Commission on the Status of Women) [Equal rights amendments and labor unions]
  48. Working Women in Georgia: Facts You Need to Know (Georgia Commission on the Status of Women) [Employment--Georgia]
  49. "You may as well try to kindle a fire in the ocean waves or sweep back the tides with a broom, as to stop this great tide of discontented humanity" (Lucy Parsons Women's Coalition) [Lucy Parsons Women's Coalition]
  50. Your General Assembly (The League of Women Voters of Georgia) [League of Women Voters]
  51. YWCA Vocational Counseling Center June Workshops (Young Women's Christian Association) [Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Atlanta]

Separated to the Women's Printed Collection -- Women's Periodicals Collection (see finding aid or catalog for access)

  1. AAUW Journal, January 1978; April 1978
  2. Atlanta Women's ERA, May 1978
  3. Coyote Howls: The Intermittent Journal of COYOTE, the Loose Woman's Organization, Autumn 1977
  4. Daily Breakthrough, November 20, 1977
  5. Dispatch, Fall 1977
  6. Do It Now, April/May 1973
  7. Enterprising Women, April 1977
  8. Equal Rights Monitor, 1976-1977
  9. ERA Monitor, 1975-1976
  10. Graduate Woman: the Journal of the American Association of University Women, May 1978; September 1978
  11. Legislative Lookout: American Association of University Women, September 1978
  12. New ERA, March 1978; May/June 1978
  13. News / Council on Battered Women, Inc., December 1977?
  14. On and Off the Record, May 1973
  15. Presbyterian Women, January 1975
  16. This Week Magazine / The Detroit News, February 9, 1964
  17. YWCAction, Winter 1975

Processing Information

Processed by Jiling Yang, Leah Mickens and Morna Gerrard at the file level, 2005.
Title
Janet Cukor:
Subtitle
A Guide to Her Papers at the Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2007: EAD edited by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2880
404-413-2881 (Fax)