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Beth S. Schapiro papers

Identifier: W002

Scope and Content or the Papers

Series I, Organizations and Issues, documents Schapiro's work with the Feminist Action Alliance (including director of the Survey of Women Candidates, 1975, and director of the Rape Task Force, 1975-1976), her activities for the passage of rape-related legislation, and particularly her lobbying efforts for passage of the ERA in Georgia, 1973-1981. Minutes from the meetings of ERA Georgia, Inc., 1978-1980, documentation of Schapiro's membership in the National Women's Political Caucus and the Atlanta Women's Network and material reflecting Schapiro's later activities with Women Business Owners, Inc., including meeting minutes, 1990-1995, are found here as well. Series II, Appointments, Boards, and Panels, documents Schapiro's various state and local appointments including her 1976-1977 participation in the International Women's Year (IWY). The Subject Files, Series III, covers women's political issues, rape, education, and legal issues, and the Carter administration's involvement with women's issues. Information (primarily printed material) on many Georgia women who have run for political office may be found in Series IV, Women Political Candidates, as well as some information on women in politics in other Southern states. General Correspondence, Series V, reflects media coverage of women's activities, including queries and thank you notes, as well as Georgia political activity; correspondents include local and state political candidates and elected officials including Sam Nunn. Miscellaneous Personal Materials, Series VI, includes speech notes and a clipping of a 1978 Emory Wheel interview with Schapiro. Series VII, Artifacts, includes ERA and other jewelry, "campaign" (pinback) buttons, a sash worn at the 1978 national march for the ERA, and bumper stickers.


  • Creation: circa 1970-1995


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of Beth S. Schapiro

Beth Susan Schapiro (1949-), political consultant, feminist and social activist, obtained degrees from the University of Maryland (1971, B.S. in education) and Emory University (M.A., Ph.D., 1977; 1979, in political science). From 1971-1979, she taught in both public and private schools and colleges. Schapiro has been active and held offices with several Georgia and national organizations including the Feminist Action Alliance, Inc., ERA Georgia, Inc. (formerly Georgia Council for the ERA), the Women's Political Caucus, and Women Business Owners, Inc. She was campaign manager for a 1974 candidate for Georgia House of Representatives, Kathryn Burke, was an intern for Georgia Representative Eleanor Richardson (1977), and was an aide to Georgia Representative John Hawkins (1978). In 1983, Schapiro managed Linda Hallenborg's Georgia campaign for vice chair of the National Women's Political Caucus. In addition to holding several appointed positions on both the local and state levels, Schapiro was Executive Director of Research Atlanta, 1981-1984, and has since run Beth Schapiro and Associates, a polling and strategic consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to other awards and honors, Beth Schapiro was inducted into the YWCA's Academy of Women Achievers in 1994.


3.5 Linear Feet (in 10 boxes)

Language of Materials



Beth Schapiro has been active and held offices with several Georgia and national organizations including the Feminist Action Alliance, Inc., ERA Georgia, Inc. (formerly Georgia Council for the ERA), the Women's Political Caucus, and Women Business Owners, Inc. The Schapiro Papers are organized into seven series: (I) Organizations and issues; (II) Appointments, boards, and panels; (III) Subject files; (IV)Women political candidates; (V) General correspondence; (VI) Miscellaneous personal material; and (VII) Artifacts.

Organization of the Papers

The Schapiro Papers are organized into seven series:

  • Series I. Organizations and issues
  • Series II. Appointments, boards, and panels
  • Series III. Subject files
  • Series IV.Women political candidates
  • Series V. General correspondence
  • Series VI. Miscellaneous personal material
  • Series VII. Artifacts

Acquisitin Information

Donated by Beth Schapiro, July 5, 1995; September 15, 1995.

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. Beth Shapiro oral history interview, October 11, 1995. Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project (W008)

Separated Materials

The following newsletters have been filed in the Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals (W-Periodicals): The New ERA, ERA Georgia Newsletter, Inter-Action, W.B.O., Inc. Flash, W.B.O., Inc. News, Women Mean Business, On Campus with Women. See finding aid or online catalog for access.

Processing Information

Processed by E. Lee Elzroth at the file level, October 1995. Revised by E. Lee Elzroth, September 1996, May 1997; Bill Hardesty, 28 October 2021.

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