Ms. Foundation For Women records
Scope and Contents
Records pertain to all aspects of the Foundation's work since its inception and include records of the Board and past presidents, financial records, correspondence, emails, minutes, agendas, reports, grant applications and proposals, programs, brochures, pamphlets, publications, membership and publicity materials, photographs, posters, audiovisuals, and memorabilia. Much of the collection consists of files documenting the Foundations' projects. These include Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day; Free To Be...You and Me; Collaborative Fund for Women's Economic Development; Institute for Women's Economic EmPOWERment; Reproductive Rights Coalition and Organizing Fund; Collaborative Fund for Healthy Girls/Healthy Women; Women and AIDS Fund; Women's Voices Project; Pro-Choice Public Education Project; Democracy Funding Circle; and the Gloria Awards: A National Salute to Women of Vision. The Take Our Daughters to Work Day and Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day initiatives are particularly well-represented, as is Free To Be...You and Me. There are also records relating to the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing).
Dates of Materials
- Ms. Foundation for Women (U.S.) (Organization)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Original AV and born-digital materials may not be used; research use copies must be made.
Conditions Governing Use
The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.
Biographical / Historical
The Ms. Foundation for Women (MFW) was founded by Patricia T. Carbine, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Gloria Steinem, and Marlo Thomas to redistribute profits from Ms. Magazine to the grassroots women's movement. In 1974, the Ms. Foundation establishes its first grant-making program with the proceeds from Free to Be…You and Me, a multimedia project created by Marlo Thomas, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, and others, and in 1976 the organization became the first to support efforts to combat domestic violence by funding creative, cutting-edge projects for women rarely funded by mainstream organizations. In 1984 Marie C. Wilson was appointed President of the Ms. Foundation; under her leadership, the Foundation moved from a budget of $400,000 to more than $10 million by 2004. Sara K. Gould joined the Foundation in 1986 as the founding director of the Economic Development Program; she was appointed president in 2004 following Wilson's resignation.
The organization expanded greatly over the next twenty-five years, creating and funding such programs as the Institute for Women's Economic EmPOWERment, the only national training ground for economic development and justice organizers working on women's issues (1988); the Reproductive Rights Coalition and Organizing Fund; support organizations working on women's health issues at the state level (1989); the Gloria Awards: A National Salute to Women of Vision (1989); the Collaborative Fund for Women's Economic Development, a pioneering form of grant making (1990); Take Our Daughters to Work Day, one of the most successful national public education campaigns ever launched (1993); the Collaborative Fund for Healthy Girls/Healthy Women, to assist community organizations working on cutting-edge programs to support girls' leadership (1996); the Women and AIDS Fund, to support organizations created by and for women affected by HIV and AIDS; the Democracy Funding Circle, to provide resources to organizations developing a progressive vision and organizing to prevent the rollback of democratic rights gained through the women's and other social justice movements (1996); the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day public education program (2003); Public Voices, Public Policy, an initiative aimed to actively support women of color who lead grassroots organizations, and get them involved in public-policy advocacy and action (2005); and the Katrina Women's Response Fund, to provide strategic support to meet the immediate needs of women of color and low-income women in the Gulf Coast, and ensure that their leadership and priorities were central to both short and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.
197.919 linear feet (180 containers)
Feminist advocacy organization. Records pertain to all aspects of the Foundation's work since its inception and include records of the Board, correspondence, emails, minutes, agendas, reports, grant applications and proposals, programs, brochures, pamphlets, publications, membership and publicity materials, photographs, posters, audiovisuals, and memorabilia. Much of the collection consists of files documenting the Foundations' projects such as Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day; Free To Be...You and Me; Collaborative Fund for Women's Economic Development; Reproductive Rights Coalition and Organizing Fund; Women and AIDS Fund; and the Gloria Awards: A National Salute to Women of Vision. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]
This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.
Other Finding Aids
One or more content listings to individual accessions in this collection are available for download. Links can be found in the description of the individual accessions.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The first installment of the Ms. Foundation For Women Records was donated by the organization in 2007. Office file accruals were donated in December 2022.
13 boxes of materials related to Free to Be... You and Me, receieved as part of accession 2007-S-0063, were returned at the donor's request (with the intention to sell) and formally deaccessioned in November 2020.
This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.
Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2007
Starting in September 2022, Smith College Special Collections will be renumbering many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.
- Carbine, Pat
- Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations -- United States
- Collaborative Fund for Healthy Girls Healthy Women
- Collaborative Fund for Women's Economic Development (U.S.)
- Computer media
- Democracy Funding Circle
- Electronic mail
- Financial records
- Free To Be...You and Me
- Girls -- United States
- Gloria Awards: A National Salute to Women of Vision
- Gould, Sara
- Grant proposals
- Institute for Women's Economic EmPOWERment
- Membership lists
- Ms. Foundation for Women (U.S.)
- Ms. Foundation for Women (U.S.)
- Organization files
- Reproductive Rights Coalition and Organizing Fund
- Reproductive and sexual health
- Reproductive rights
- Sex discrimination against women
- Steinem, Gloria
- Take Our Daughters to Work Day (24 Apr.)
- Thomas, Marlo
- Wilson, Marie (Marie C.)
- Women -- Charities -- United States
- Women -- Employment -- United States
- Women -- United States -- Economic conditions
- Women and AIDS Fund
- Women in community development
- Women in development -- International cooperation
- Women's liberation
- Works of art
- Youth -- Services for -- United States
- Ms. Foundation For Women records
- Finding Aid
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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