Bonk, Kathy, 1953- . Papers of NOW officer Kathy Bonk, 1975-1988: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
These papers were processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Call No.: MC 492
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Kathy Bonk, 1953-
Title: Papers of NOW officer Kathy Bonk, 1975-1988
Quantity: 1.46 linear feet (3+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 photograph folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of National Organization for Women officer Kathy Bonk, coordinator of NOW's
Women's Media Task Force.
Accession number: 91-M30
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Kathy Bonk in February 1991.
Processed: November 2002
By: Johanna Carll
As of November 2015, written permission of the National Organization for Women (NOW)
is no longer required for access to folders #1.5-2.3.
Copyright. Copyright in papers created by Kathy Bonk while an officer of the National
Organization for Women (NOW) is held by NOW. Copyright in other papers in the collection
may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Kathy Bonk. Papers of NOW officer Kathy Bonk, 1975-1988; item description, dates.
MC 492, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
Kathy Bonk, coordinator of the National Organization for Women's Media Task Force,
was born in 1953. In 1988, she established the Communications Consortium Media Center
(CCMC), a nonprofit organization that helps other organizations use communications
strategies for policy change. In 1989, Bonk was awarded a Kellogg Foundation National
Leadership Fellowship, which resulted in the establishment of some of the first family
planning clinics in Moscow.
Bonk is currently the President and Executive Director of the Communications Consortium
Media Center. In 1999, she coauthored The Jossey-Bass Guide to Strategic Communications for Nonprofits.
The collection is arranged in four series:
- Series I. Personal (#1.1-1.4)
- Series II. National Organization for Women (NOW) (#1.5-2.3)
- Series III. NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund (NOW LDEF) (#2.4-2.13)
- Series IV. Linda Anguiano Papers (2.14-3.6)
This collection contains mostly correspondence, with some printed material, reports,
legal briefs, clippings, and Bonk's notes. The collection is arranged into four series.
Series I, Personal (#1.1-1.4), contains correspondence, reports, and clippings. Most
of the materials are related to Bonk's involvement in the feminist movement as an
individual, not as part of an organization. Of particular interest is a folder of
correspondence concerning speeches given by Bonk, as well as various panels on which
Series II, National Organization for Women (NOW) (#1.5-2.3), contains correspondence,
reports, printed material, photographs, clippings, etc., concerning media coverage
of NOW's activities, particularly the Equal Rights Amendment campaign. There are correspondence,
invoices, and photographs concerning the print and television advertisements produced
by NOW for the ERA campaign.
Series III, NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund (NOW LDEF) (#2.4-2.13), contains correspondence,
legal briefs, reports, printed material, and notes by Bonk about NOW LDEF's efforts
to obtain equal pay for women. There is also a folder concerning Christine Kraft v.
Metromedia, Inc. , a sexual discrimination case against a Kansas City media group.
Series IV, Linda Anguiano Papers (2.14-3.6), contains correspondence, agendas, attendance
lists, and Anguiano's notes. Anguiano was the contact person for the Women's PR Group,
of which Bonk was also a member. Most of the records in this series relate to the
Women's PR Group's meetings.
Folder headings are those of Bonk unless otherwise noted; archivist's headings and
notes are in square brackets. All printed material by or about Bonk, as well as all
printed material with annotations, has been kept in the collection. Other NOW publications
and reports, except those created by Bonk, were transferred to the NOW records in
the Schlesinger Library. Non-NOW printed material produced by mainstream organizations
and publications was discarded; leaflets and other ephemera of small, transient organizations
- Series I. PERSONAL
- 1.1. Correspondence, 1974-1987 (scattered); contains uncataloged photographs.
- 1.2. [Letter from Lucy Komisar and copy of her "How to Challenge Sexism in Broadcasting"],
- 1.3. [Correspondence and report on the media: Laurence S. Hall], 1982
- 1.4. [Speaking] engagements [correspondence, agendas, speakers lists], 1985-1988
- Series II. NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN (NOW)
- 1.5. [NOW publications on the media by Bonk], 1974-1976
- 1.6. Politics: conventions [correspondence, minutes, reports], 1976, 1980-1984
- 1.7. [Correspondence forwarded to Bonk, reports, printed material], 1980-1984
- 1.8-1.9. [NOW ERA press activities: correspondence, lists of activities], 1981
- 1.10-1.12. [NOW ERA press campaign: correspondence, advertisements, invoices, etc.], 1982.
Folder #1.10 includes reference copy of photographs; originals in #1.13.
- 1.13. Photographs removed from #1.10.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 1.14. Washington Post ERA coverage [memos, clippings], 1982
- 1.15. Women and the military [correspondence, clippings, notes], 1982
- 1.16. Press office projects [outlines of projects], 1983
- 1.17. Cecily Coleman v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. [press releases, correspondence,
notes, etc.], 1984
- 2.1. Clippings [re: NOW reunion], 1986
- 2.2. Flight attendants' strike [correspondence, clippings, notes], 1986
- 2.3. [Reports on women and the media, annotated by Bonk], n.d.
- Series III. NOW LEGAL DEFENSE & EDUCATION FUND (NOW LDEF)
- 2.4. Equal Pay Act [correspondence, notes], 1983
- 2.5. Pay equity [correspondence, notes, etc.], 1984-1985
- 2.6. Pay equity: notes from calls to states, 1984-1985
- 2.7. Pay equity [correspondence, notes], 1985-1987
- 2.8. Christine Kraft v. Metromedia, Inc. [reports, printed material, etc.], 1984
- 2.9. NOW LDEF [correspondence], 1986
- 2.10. [NOW LDEF correspondence], 1986-1987
- 2.11. NOW LDEF internal memos, 1986
- 2.12. Education [correspondence, reports], 1987
- 2.13. Sexual harassment [correspondence, clippings, notes], 1987
- Series IV. LINDA ANGUIANO PAPERS
- 2.14. The Gender Gap Movie [correspondence, notes, etc.], 1984
- 2.15. Media Team handouts, 1984
- 3.1. Voter registration: "Register and Vote" media campaign [outline], n.d.
- 3.2. Women's PR Group meeting [agenda, attendance list, notes, etc.], April 13, 1984
- 3.3. Women's PR Group meeting [attendance list, notes], May 11, 1984
- 3.4. Women's PR Group [agenda, attendance list, notes, etc.], June 22, 1984
- 3.5. Women's PR Group [meeting announcement, attendance list, notes], July 11, 1984
- 3.6. Women's PR Group [meeting announcement, attendance list, notes, etc.], August 2, 1984
Equal pay for equal work--United States
Equal rights amendments--United States
Pay equity--United States
Press and politics--United States
Sex discrimination against women--United States
Sex discrimination in employment--United States
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Women's rights--United States
Komisar, Lucy, 1942-
National Organization for Women
National Organization for Women. Media Task Force
National Organization for Women--Employees
NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund