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New York Times Women's Caucus. Papers, 1969-1986: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America


Radcliffe College
August 1980

© 1980 Radcliffe College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: 80-M169
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: New York Times Women's Caucus
Title: Papers, 1969-1980
Quantity: 2 cartons, 1 file box, 2 oversize items
Abstract: Legal documents, memos, depositions, etc., of New York Times Women's Caucus, created in 1972 to fight discrimination against women at the newspaper.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: August 1980
By: Fred Wegener

Acquisition Information:

Accession number: 80-M169
The records of the NYT WC's successful suit against the Times were given to the Schlesinger Library in July 1980 by the New York Times Women's Caucus.

Preferred citation for publication:

The New York Times Women's Caucus Records, 1969-1986; item description, dates. 80-M169, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


In 1972, 80 women employees of The New York Times petitioned publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger concerning the status of women at the newspaper. A year later they filed charges of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York City Commission on Human Rights. As there were no results, six New York Times women--Elizabeth Wade Boylan, Louise Carini, Joan Cook, Nancy Davis, Grace Glueck, and Andrea Skinner--sued the paper in 1974 under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Five hundred and sixty other Times women joined in the suit when, in February 1977, a Federal judge ruled in favor of class action. The women were represented by the Federally funded Employment Rights Project at Columbia University, with Model Cities funds going to Columbia via the City government. Attorneys on the Project were Harriet Rabb, George Cooper, and Howard Rubin. Although it denied charges of systematic discrimination, the New York Times agreed in November 1978 to an out-of-court settlement that amended goals for promoting women to influential editorial and managerial positions, created an annuities fund of $232,000 to compensate New York Times women for the cost of past discrimination, and awarded the plaintiffs $100,000 to cover legal fees.



Additional catalog entries

Rabb, Harriet Rachel (Schaffer), c. 1942-
Discrimination in employment
Sex discrimination


The following items have been removed from the collection and deposited in the Schlesinger Library book and periodical collections, August 1980: