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MC 492

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

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These papers were processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Descriptive Summary

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
Date(s): 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 91-M30
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Kathy Bonk in February 1991.

Processing Information:

Processed: November 2002
By: Johanna Carll


Access. Unrestricted.
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.

Conditions Governing Use:

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.

Preferred Citation:

Kathy Bonk. Papers of NOW officer Kathy Bonk, 1975-1988; item description, dates. MC 492, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


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:


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 she served.
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 were retained.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Equal pay for equal work--United States
Equal rights amendments--United States
Feminism--United States
Feminists--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
Anguiano, Linda
Komisar, Lucy, 1942-
National Organization for Women
National Organization for Women. Media Task Force
National Organization for Women--Employees
NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund