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Call No.: 77-M104--77-M196
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts State Equal Rights Amendment
Title: Records of the Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts State Equal Rights Amendment, 1975-1976
Quantity: 3 linear feet (3 cartons)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches, minutes, etc., of the Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts State Equal Rights Amendment, formed to replace the Massachusetts State ERA Coalition and to raise money for the ratification campaign in November 1976.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts State Equal Rights Amendment Additional records, 1976-1982 (84-M145).
The Massachusetts state ERA Coalition (consisting of representatives of 40 civic, religious, business and professional groups), was formed to lobby for the passage of the state ERA through the legislature. In May, 1974 the ERA was endorsed and in the summer of 1975 the Coalition was phased out and the Committee to Ratify the Massachusetts State ERA was created to campaign for ratification in the November 1976 referendum. The Committee replaced the Coalition so that funds could be raised or expended. According to the state's campaign finance laws, non-profit groups (represented in the Coalition) could not render assistance of supplies, facilities or money without endangering their preferred tax status. Thus the Committee was composed of members who assumed responsibility as individuals and not as representatives of particular groups. Although all the finance for the campaign was raised independently, organizations continued to work for ratification through their outreach and educational task forces. The campaign was successfully concluded by ratification in November 1976.
The papers consist of campaign files: correspondence, speeches, lists of events and speakers; also clippings about the campaign. National and non-Mass. clippings about ERA have been weeded out and placed in the vertical file.For early history of the Coalition see folders 1-4; for structure and organization of the Committee see folder 73.
- Carton 1: 1-67
- Carton 2: 68-94
- Carton 3: 96-108