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Nancy N. Boothe papers

Identifier: W079

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Nancy N. Boothe papers, 1980-2009 [bulk 1990-1997], are composed of articles, notes, reports and a wide variety of feminist publications. Much of the material documents the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women, which Ms. Boothe attended as Executive Director of Atlanta's Feminist Women's Health Center. Artifacts, artwork and textiles relate to the conference and to other women's and health issues.


  • Creation: 1980-2009
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1990 - 1997


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 Nancy N. Boothe

Born in Battles Wharf, Alabama (1948), Nancy N. Boothe graduated from the University of South Alabama as a registered nurse (1971). She received a B.S. in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia (1976), and a master's degree in Counseling from Troy State University [Florida Region] (1981). Boothe served in the U.S. Nurse Corps in the U.S. and Korea (1970-1984), and worked as clinical director and consultant at a number of health facilities in Louisiana and Florida. She became Executive Director of the Atlanta Feminist Women's Health Center in 1994. In 1995, she attended the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, where she taught the workshop, "GYN Self-Help." Boothe has served on the boards of All Women's Health Services in Portland and Eugene, Oregon; the Sexual Assault Center, Atlanta, Georgia; and the Jeanette Rankin Foundation, Athens, Georgia. She is also a member of the Feminist Majority Foundation's "Women's Commission for Congressional Oversight" and A.P.D. Citizen Review Panel.

History of the Feminist Women's Health Center

Founded in California in 1971 by Carol Downer (1933-) and Lorraine Rothman (1932-2007), the Feminist Women's Health Center was established to empower women through self-knowledge, education and self-help groups. The Atlanta Feminist Women's Health Center was established in 1977. Its mission is to "provide accessible, comprehensive gynecological healthcare to all who need it without judgment. As innovative healthcare leaders, [they] work collaboratively within [their] community and nationally to promote reproductive health, rights and justice. [They] advocate for wellness, uncensored health information and fair public policies by educating the larger community and empowering [their] clients to make their own decisions."

History of the Fourth World Conference on Women: Action for Equality, Development and Peace, 1995

The United Nations convened the Fourth World Conference on Women, September 4-15, 1995, in Beijing, China, with a Platform for Action that aimed at achieving greater equality and opportunity for women. Three previous World Conferences were held in Mexico City (International Women's Year, 1975), Copenhagen (1980) and Nairobi (1985). 189 governments and more than 5,000 representatives from 2,100 non-governmental organizations participated in the Beijing Conference. The principal themes were the advancement and empowerment of women in relation to women's human rights, women and poverty, women and decision-making, the girl-child, violence against women and other areas of concern. The resulting documents of the Conference are The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women manifested a global women's movement for change and has been called "the Woodstock of the women's movement."

The World Conference on Women was also accompanied by an informal meeting (August 30-September 8) of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This NGO Forum on Women, Beijing '95, brought together thousands of women from around the world to exchange information and ideas, celebrate women's achievements and contributions and draw attention and develop solutions to discrimination facing women world-wide.


3 Linear Feet (in 6 boxes)

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Organization of the Papers

Organized into two series: I. Documents and Reference Materials, II. Art, Artifacts and Textiles.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Nancy N. Boothe, 2007 and 2008.

Online Availability:

The entirety of the Nancy N. Boothe papers have been digitized and are available online at the Georgia State University Library Digital Collections, Nancy N. Boothe Papers page.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in Other Repositories

  1. Feminist Women's Health Center records, 1973-2003; undated (RL.00427). Duke University Rubenstein Library.

Separated Materials Note

During processing, periodicals and books were separated to the Women's Printed Collection. See the Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals for access and issue specifics for periodicals and the University Library Catalog for access to the books.

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals

  1. AHIP News: The Newsletter of Adolescent Health and Information Project (AHIP), July-September 1996
  2. The Body Politic: Monthly Pro-choice News Report, February 1996
  3. Computer Newsnote, 1993
  4. Dhwani: News Notes from Voices, 1997
  5. The Examiner, September 1995
  6. Harvard Women's Health Watch, February 1997
  7. The Human Rights Educator, March-April 1997
  8. Links: A Newsletter on Gender for Oxfam Staff and Partners, 1995
  9. Lola Press: International Feminist Magazine, September 1995
  10. Atlanta News (National Organization for Women. Atlanta Chapter), April/May 1997
  11. Newsletter / Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights = Red Mundial de Mujeres para los Derechos Reproductivos (Amsterdam : Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights), 1994-1996
  12. Opening Doors, Winter 1994
  13. People and Development Challenges, May 1995
  14. People's Rights: Women's Rights: A Quarterly Women's Human Rights Journal, 1996-1997
  15. Political Environments: A Publication of the Committee on Women, Population, and the Environment, Summer/Fall 1996
  16. ProChoice Idea, Spring/Summer 1995
  17. Reproductive Freedom News, 1996-1997
  18. Research Report / The Wellesley College Center for Women, Fall 1995
  19. SRC/AWP Quarterly Review, December 1995
  20. The Woman Rebel, 1995
  21. Women and Health in Japan, Spring 1996
  22. Women of China, 1995
  23. Women's Health Weekly, January 27, 1997

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Books

  1. Amnesty International. Women in China: Imprisoned and Abused for Dissent (New York, NY.: Amnesty International USA, 1995)
  2. Boland, Reed. Promoting Reproductive Rights: A Global Mandate (New York : CRLP, Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, 1997)
  3. Women's Reproductive Rights in Muslim Communities and Countries: Issues and Resources (Grabels: International solidarity, 1994)
  4. Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, Inc. Church or State?: The Holy See at the United Nations (New York: Center for Reproductive Law & Policy, International Program 1994)
  5. Center for Reproductive Law and Policy. International Program. Rape and Forced Pregnancy in War and Conflict Situations: Stark Violations of Women's Reproductive and Sexual Self-determination (New York: Center for Reproductive Law & Policy, International Program, 1996)
  6. Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, Inc. Violations of Women's Reproductive Rights: A Selection of Testimonials from Around the World (New York: Center for Reproductive Law & Policy, International Program, 1996)
  7. Center for Reproductive Law and Policy. International Program. Women's Reproductive Rights: The International Legal Foundations (New York: Center for Reproductive Law & Policy, International Program, 1996)
  8. United Nations Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs. Violence Against Women in the Family (New York, N.Y.: United Nations, 1989)
  9. Gender, Science and Development Program. Success Stories: Women Making a Difference in Science and Technology: A Sampler (Gender, Science and Development Program and the Women in Global Science and Technology Network, 1995)
  10. Tax, Meredith and Marjorie Agosin et al. The Power of the Word: Culture, Censorship and Voice (New York (Box 2006, Cathedral Station, New York 10025): Women's WORLD, 1995)
  11. NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. Stop Violence Against Women: Strategies for Ending Violence Against Women: Building Solutions--Forging a Strategy for Change (New York, N.Y.: NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, 1994)
  12. Shakrah, Jan Abu. Building Movements, Shattering Myths: Arab & U.S. Women Confront Violence ( Philadelphia, PA : American Friends Service Committee, 1996)
  13. United States. Agency for International Development. Family Health International. AIDS Control and Prevention Project.; AIDS Control and Prevention Project.; AIDSCAP.; Family Health International. Cairo and Beijing: Defining the Women and AIDS Agenda (Arlington : Usaid, 1997)

Processing Information

Processed by Hilary Morrish at the file level, 2010.

Nancy N. Boothe:
A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
Hilary Morrish
June 2010
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