NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund. Videotape collection of the NOW Legal Defense
& Education Fund, 1984-1990: 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
Call No.: Vt-67
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund
Title: Videotape collection of the NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund, 1984-1990
Quantity: 48 videotapes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Coverage of women's issues through television talk shows and news programs, interviews,
public service announcements, and footage of conferences relating to women
Accession number: 93-M65
These videotapes were given to the Schlesinger Library in 1993 by the National Organization
for Women Legal Defense & Education Fund.
Processed: March 1996
By: Katherine Herrlich
Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual
Copyright. Copyright in the videotapes created by the NOW Legal Defense & Education
Fund is held by the NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund. Copyright in other videotapes
in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Videotapes may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund videotape collection, 1984-1990; item description,
dates. Vt-67, reel #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University,
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see NOW Legal Defense & Education
Fund Records, 1968-2008 (MC 623
); the Project on Equal Education Rights Records, 1966-1991 (MC 607
); Legal Momentum Records, 1978-2011 (MC 727
); and the Lynn Hecht Schafran Papers, 1957-2013 (MC 825).
NOW LDEF was established in 1970 as "a public service organization dedicated to achieving
equality for women and girls." It functions as the education and litigation arm of
the National Organization for Women, providing legal assistance to women and educating
the public on gender discrimination and other equal rights issues. Its purpose is
to combat, by legal action and educational and community-based projects, discrimination
based on race, sex, religion, or national origin. NOW LDEF has sponsored the Women's
Media Project, the Project on Equal Education Rights (PEER), the National Judicial
Education Program to Promote Equality for Women and Men in the Courts, the Women's
Economic Rights Project, and the Family Law Project.
These videotapes include news coverage of women's issues, television talk shows and
programs, interviews, public service announcements, and footage of conferences relating
Tapes are listed in chronological order by the date on which the material was aired
or produced, with the following exceptions: 1) News reports of different dates compiled
on one tape are arranged by the date of the earliest item. (Compilations were made
by the donor, not the processor.) 2) A tape for which the date of production is unknown
or approximate is listed chronologically but after those with more specific dates
(e.g., a tape produced "some time in 1988" is listed after one produced on December
31, 1988, although the material on the former tape was probably produced before December
Television program titles appear in quotation marks. Quotation marks also indicate
a title given by the donor on the tape label.
All are 1/2" videotapes, with sound and color. Some information about dates and networks
is the processor's best estimate.
- 1vt. Compilation tape, 1984.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 1.
- "The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck" (drama). 51 minutes. (Starts after 36 minutes.)
- Unrelated material. 69 minutes.
- Separate interviews with Judy Goldsmith and Phyllis Schlafly. CNN, January 25. 15
- News report on wage gap between men and women, with Althea Simmons (NAACP), Cindia
Cameron (9 to 5), and Juanita Bryant (General Federation of Women's Clubs). NBC, January
24. 19 minutes.
- 2vt. Compilation tape, January 1984.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 2.
- "Donahue" with Ginny Foat re: wife battering. (Show is incomplete.) 9 minutes. (Starts
after 52 minutes.)
- Unrelated material. 22 minutes.
- Interview with Lee Grant re: "A Matter of Sex," television drama based on sex discrimination
case. 8 minutes.
- Unrelated material. 49 minutes.
- Debate on pay equity, with Donna Lenhoff (Women's Legal Defense Fund) and Noreen Barr
(Eagle Forum). 16 minutes.
- 3vt. Compilation tape, 1984.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 3.
- Coverage of New Bedford, Mass., barroom rape trial. CNN, February 27. 27 minutes.
See also 4vt.
- Unrelated material. 10 minutes.
- News report re: Grove City court decision, Title IX. February 28. 3 minutes.
- Unrelated material. 63 minutes.
- News report re: Reagan's record on women's issues. April 6. 3 minutes.
- 4vt. "Barroom Rape Trial," 1984. CNN, March 21-26. 5 hours, 46 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 4.
See also 3vt.
- Interview/discussion about gang rape with Susan Brownmiller, Lee Salk, Martha Burt
and Joyce Brothers
- Discussion of trial outcome
- Repeat of gang rape discussion
- 5vt. Compilation tape, 1984.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 5.
- "Take Two" re: women lawyers. CNN, May 3, 1984. 10 minutes.
- "Donahue" re: women's socialization as victims, with guest Natalie Shainess, author
of Sweet Suffering: Woman as Victim. May 4, 1984. 58 minutes.
- 6vt. "Babies Having Babies." NBC News, June 25, 1984. 30 minutes. (Starts after 2 hours,
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 6.
- 7vt. Compilation of news footage, July, 1984.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 7.
- Mondale announces Ferraro as running mate. NBC News, July 12. 23 minutes. (Starts
after 7 minutes.)
- Unrelated material. 37 minutes.
- Mondale announces Ferraro as running mate, followed by report on women in politics
and interview with George Will and Tom Braden. ABC News, July 12. 19 minutes.
- Unrelated material. 13 minutes.
- Report on Mondale and Ferraro. WJLA-TV, July 12. 7 minutes.
- "Nightline" interviews/poll on choice of Ferraro. Includes Gloria Steinem, Phyllis
Schlafly, Jesse Jackson, Dianne Feinstein, Patrick Buchanan. ABC News, July 13. 27
- 8vt. "Women in Politics Compilation," 1984. Various stations.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 8.
- Geraldine Ferraro on "Today" show. 6 minutes. (Starts after 3 minutes.)
- Unrelated material. 13 minutes.
- Geraldine Ferraro on "This Week with David Brinkley." ABC News, August 18. 45 minutes.
- Margaret Lansing, political scientist, on "Late Night America" re: gender gap. 28
- Re: Christine Craft and women news anchors on "Inside Story." 25 minutes.
- Announcement of Ferraro as Mondale's running mate. WJLA-TV, WRC-TV, July 11. 20 minutes.
- Unrelated material. 11 minutes.
- "Good Morning America" with women candidates who lost election. November 8. 6 minutes.
- "The Lawmakers," re: a woman vice-president. June 28. 8 minutes.
- Judy Goldsmith on "Good Morning America." June 29. 3 minutes.
- 9vt. Abortion news coverage, various stations, and debate between Jean Doyle (National
Right to Life) and Frances Kissling (Catholics for a Free Choice), 1984. 22 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 9.
- 10vt. Compilation tape, 1984.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 10.
- Child Support Enforcement Act public service announcements. 5 minutes.
- "The Child Support Enforcement Amendments of 1984." Informational presentation produced
for the Office of Child Support Enforcement, Rockville, Maryland by the Office of
Training, Social Security Administration, Baltimore. 25 minutes.
- 11vt. Compilation tape, 1984.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 11.
- "Women in Politics Compilation," 1984. Various stations (same as 8vt)
- "Victims," CBS "Sunday Morning" segment re: women and children living in poverty due
to lack of support from husband/father. September 2. 13 minutes.
- 12vt. "Would You Let Someone Do This To Your Sister?" Includes interviews with women re:
sexual harassment. 34 minutes. Copyright: International Union UAW (United Automobile,
Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America).
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 12.
- 13vt. Compilation of news footage, various stations covering anti-abortion protests (Jean
Doyle, Erma Craven), Democratic presidential candidates, pro-choice advocates (Nanette
Falkenberg, Judy Goldsmith), Mary Rose Oakar on pay equity and child care bills, Dannemyer
bill on low-income housing, and call-in with Mary Crisp.  2 hours, 45 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 13.
- 14vt. "Women, Work & Babies: Can America Cope?" Narrated presentation re: pressure on women
to be "supermoms." NBC, March 16, 1985. 58 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 14.
- 15vt. Compilation tape, 1985.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 15.
- Report on international women's conference in Kenya. ABC News, July 16. 2 minutes.
(Starts after 51 minutes.)
- Unrelated news. 36 minutes.
- Report on child support. ABC News, July 18. 2 minutes.
- 16vt. Compilation tape, 1985.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 16.
- News report and interview with Christine Craft on "Nightwatch." CBS, July 18. 7 minutes.
(Starts after 3 hours, 6 minutes.)
- Unrelated material. 40 minutes.
- News report on Eleanor Smeal winning NOW election. ABC News, July 21. 2 minutes.
- 17vt. "Smeal." Compilation tape, 1985.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 17.
- Eleanor Smeal speaking at National Press Club. C-SPAN, September 5. 26 minutes.
- News reports re: pay equity and "comparable worth," with Eleanor Smeal. NBC News.
- Commercials and unrelated news. 10 minutes.
- News report re: federal appeals court decision on 'comparable worth," followed by
debate between George Will and Eleanor Smeal. ABC News. 5 minutes.
- 18vt. "NOW LDEF Promotional Video." Produced by the Solov Group, December, 1985. 12 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 18.
- 19vt. "That's Fair." Educational program on sex discrimination in schools, intended for
child audience, 1985. Affinity Films. 11 minutes. 1/2 in. Copyright: NEA-Alaska.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 19.
- 20vt. "Baby Leave." News report (5 minutes) followed by interview and call-in show with
Representative Mary Rose Oakar (54 minutes) re: maternity leave. April 10, 1986.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 20.
- 21vt. "Divorce is Changing America." Documentary-style presentation with Jane Pauley. NBC
News, June 3, 1986. 57 minutes. Copyright: National Broadcasting Corporation, Inc.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 21.
- 22vt. "The Carol Randolph Show." Two different shows: 1) Teen pregnancy and school reproductive
clinics, with reference to a Johns Hopkins study. 25 minutes. 2) Single parents by
choice. 16 minutes. July 21, 1986.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 22.
- 23vt. News report re: surrogate mothers. NBC, November 12, 1986. 4 minutes. (Starts after
49 minutes of unrelated material.)
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 23.
- 24vt. Donahue show re: marriage. 58 minutes. (Starts after 4 hours, 59 minutes.)
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 24.
- 25vt. Various news stories, 1986.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 25.
- Affirmative action for women. MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour. 15 minutes. (Starts after
- Drug abuse during pregnancy. CBS News. 2 minutes. (Starts after 70 minutes.)
- Girls in gangs. Today Show. 7 minutes. (Starts after 3 hours, 14 minutes.)
- 26vt. "CBS: Marriage study promoted by NOW LDEF," 1986. 3 minutes. (Starts after 50 minutes
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 26.
- 27vt. "TV News--Birth Control." MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour report on high school health clinics
followed by debate between Mildred Jefferson (National Right-to-Life) and Judith Senderowitz
(Center for Population Options) on whether contraceptives should be dispensed. 18
minutes. (Starts after 38 minutes.) Copyright: 1986, Educational Broadcasting Corporation
REQUEST AS Vt-71, reel 27.
- 28vt. News reports re: California federal court ruling on maternity leave and Lillian Garland
case, 1986: 1) ABC News. 2 minutes. (Starts after 5 minutes.) 2) NBC News. 2 minutes.
(Starts after 40 minutes.)
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 28.
- 29vt. Interview with Sharon Gless and Lea Thompson of "Cagney and Lacey" re: women and alcoholism
on the show. April 28, 1987. 7 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 29.
- 30vt. "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour," part of series on working women, 1987. 18 minutes. (Starts
after 34 minutes, picture is grainy) Copyright: Educational Broadcasting Corporation
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 30.
- 31vt. "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour," segment re: Lillian Garland court decision on maternity
leave, followed by analysis by Virginia Lamp (United States Chamber of Commerce) and
Patricia Schroeder, 1987. 25 minutes. (Starts after 8 minutes.) Copyright: Educational
Broadcasting Corporation & GWETA.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 31.
- 32vt. Debate between Patricia Schroeder and Robert Novak on "Crossfire," 1987. CNN. 25 minutes.
(Starts after 77 minutes.)
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 32.
- 33vt. 1) News report and debate with Lynn Schafran, director of the National Judicial Education
Program of NOW LDEF re: Supreme Court decision on men(s) clubs having to admit women.
MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, February 23, 1988. 14 minutes. (Starts after 79 minutes.)
2) Unrelated material. 3 hours, 19 minutes. 3) Abortion debate between James Bopp
(National Right-to-Life) and Lynn Paltrow (ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project). 20
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 33.
- 34vt. "Women on the Masthead." American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) Convention.
Panel of editors of major newspapers re: women in journalism, affirmative action for
women; interview with Ellen Goodman; speech by President Reagan. 4 hours. April 13,
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 34.
- 35vt. "Heartbeat," episode of television drama with lesbian character. April 20, 1988. 59
minutes. (Starts after 1 minutes.) "Donahue" show re: men caring for children. April
21, 1988. 49 minutes. (Beginning of show is cut off.) Unrelated material. 4 minutes.
"Heartbeat," next episode with lesbian character. April 21, 1988. 1 hour, 26 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 35.
- 36vt. "Women and AIDS." Excerpts from news reports, Public Service Announcements, and interviews
with health professionals and community organizers, 1988. Produced by Gay Men's Health
Crisis. 28 minutes. Copyright: Gay Men's Health Crisis.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 36.
- 37vt. Compilation tape, 1988.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 37.
- ABC News coverage of Republican National Convention. 68 minutes. (Starts after 6 minutes.)
- Unrelated material. 97 minutes.
- "My Husband is Going to Kill Me," segment on "Frontline" re: domestic violence. 56
minutes. Copyright: WGBH Educational Foundation.
- Unrelated material. 6 minutes.
- "Of Macho and Men." Re: hardships faced by men. 37 minutes.
- 38vt. Tipper Gore, representing the Parents' Music Resource Center, as guest on "Crossfire"
discussing controversial rock-and-roll lyrics, 1988. CNN. 21 minutes. (Starts after
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 38.
- 39vt. Panel discussion on sexual harassment policies in law firms. CLE TV ("the lawyer's
video magazine"), ca. 1988. 49 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-71, reel 39.
- 40vt. "A Conference in Defense of Roe." Edited conference footage with short excerpts by
many speakers. ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, October 5, 1989. 36 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 40.
- 41vt. "Reproductive Rights I." Conference with panel of women legal professionals. December
13, 1989. 118 minutes. 1/2 in.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 41.
- 42vt. "Reproductive Rights II." December 13, 1989. 48 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 42.
- 43vt. "Reproductive Rights III." Panel of women legal professionals discussing strategy
and politics of litigation and how to shape public opinion. December 13, 1989. 85
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 43.
- 44vt. Two TV spots encouraging women who have been harmed by abortion to come forward. Mike
Conroy explaining use of Litigation Project as weapon against abortion. 1980s. 7 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-71, reel 44.
- 45vt. "Legal Defense." Informal interviews (not final edited version) of women about discrimination
in workplace, difficulties finding jobs and daycare, Title IX, 1980s. 67 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 45.
- 46vt. "NOW LDEF Conference including girls in math and science." Panels 1 and 2, 1980s.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 46.
- 47vt. "Keep Abortion Safe and Legal: testimonials by women about abortion experiences."
Women at podium read letters out loud, 1980s. 123 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 47.
- 48vt. "Women in Politics: A Lifetime Challenge." Twenty TV spots with women politicians,
community leaders, and celebrities encouraging women to get involved in politics.
 12 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-67, reel 48.
Abortion services--Employees--Crimes against--United States
Abused women--United States
AIDS (Disease)--United States
Child support--United States
Divorced women--Legal status, laws, etc.
Educational law and legislation--United States
Equal rights amendments--United States
Maternity leave--United States
Newspaper editors--United States
Pay equity--United States
Poor women--United States
Pro-choice movement--United States
Pro-life movement--United States
Sex discrimination against women--Law and legislation--United States
Sex discrimination in education--United States
Sex discrimination in employment--United States
Sexual harassment--United States
Surrogate motherhood--United States
Teenage mothers--United States
Women alcoholics--United States
Women broadcasters--United States
Women in community organization--United States
Women journalists--United States
Women lawyers--United States
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Women newspaper editors--United States
Women--Political activity--United States
World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the United Nations Decade
for Women (1985 : Nairobi, Kenya)
Bryant, Juanita M.
Buchanan, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph), 1938-
Burt, Martha R.
Craft, Christine, 1944-
Crisp, Mary Dent, 1923-2007
Feinstein, Dianne, 1933-
Gore, Tipper, 1948-
Grant, Lee, 1927-
Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
Kissling, Frances, 1943-
Mondale, Walter F., 1928-
National Organization for Women
Novak, Robert D.
Oakar, Mary Rose
Salk, Lee, 1926-1992
Schafran, Lynn Hecht
Scheidler, Joseph M., 1927-
Simmons, Althea T. L., 1924-1990
Thompson, Lea, 1961-
United States. Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX
Will, George F.