Welfare rights movement
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope Note: Collections that document advocacy for welfare rights and economic justice.
Found in 20 Collections and/or Records:
Overview A collection of life histories of women who have dedicated their lives to social and political activism. Fifteen interviews, conducted by Smith College students, document both the diversity and the persistence of women's activism, as organizers and as cultural workers, in a variety of social movements such as women's health, economic justice, LGBT liberation, peace, education, and environmental sustainability.
Dates: 2008 - 2009
Overview International women of color organization, Welfare rights activists, Reproductive rights and Women's health advocates. The Records are primarily related to the Bay Area Chapter of the Alliance and contain documents that articulate and demonstrate the challenges of developing a revolutionary mass organization through position and discussion papers, drafts, and publications produced by the Alliance. There is abundant documentation of the processes of coalition and social investigation that AAWO...
Overview Grassroots advocacy, low-income rights and social justice organization based in Springfield, Mass. The Records provide a detailed record of the activities, decision-making processes, and political foundation of the organization and its work in coalition with regional, state, national, and international groups. Major topics found in the records include criminal justice, economic justice, HIV/AIDS prevention, homelessness, housing, poverty, social justice, and welfare rights. In addition there...
Dates: 1956 - 2010
Overview The Consumers' League of Kentucky, includes histories and reports, printed materials, correspondence, and minutes. Child labor, compulsory education, working conditions, minimum wage, and social security were among the state legislative topics that the League addressed.
Dates: 1901-1951; Majority of material found within 1901-1941
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Overview The collection contains the papers for Russian American anarchist Emma Goldman, including typed letters and fragments to friends, printed speeches, and pamphlets on anarchism and prison experiences.
Dates: 1911 - 1936
Collection — Multiple Containers
Overview Activist; Educator. The papers of an activist who fought for peace, gay rights and an end to classism. include correspondence, research, lecture notes, published work, program files, organizational records, newspaper and magazine articles, email, photographs, films, and computer files. Especially well-documented is Yeskel's work to end homophobia and classism. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]
Dates: 1953 - 2010
Overview Professor, political science and political activist. The material in the Frances Fox Piven Papers, which includes correspondence, organization files, speeches, and writings, reflects her involvement as both an academic and activist concerned with community development, poverty, the welfare state and urban reform. Organizations documented include the American Civil Liberties Union, Mobilization for Youth, and the National Welfare Rights Organization. Correspondents include June Jordan, Michael...
Dates: 1950 - 2012
Overview Political sociologist; activist; author. The papers focus primarily on West's activism, research, professional activities, speeches, and writings related to welfare rights and economic justice. Her extensive working files document individuals and organizations working for civil rights, welfare rights, and related social movements from the 1960s to the early 2000s. Organizations represented include the Montclair Welfare Rights and Friends of Welfare Rights, National Welfare Rights Organization...
Dates: 1946 - 2006
Overview Author, Feminist. The Lisa Leghorn Papers consist of her research files, organized by subject. Types of material include articles, notes, correspondence, published and unpublished writings, and printed material. The files relate to her books on women and development; woman and hunger; women, economics and housework. There are also materials on battered women (including Laura X case); women's rights in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean and the U.S.; and the International Women's Year...
Dates: 1966 - 1989
Overview Labor organizer; Women's rights activist; Author; Activist; Poet. The papers include correspondence, organizing materials, conference materials, fliers, pamphlets, newsletters, and newspaper clippings. There is also Louie's course work as both student and instructor. Major topics include women and labor organizing, Asian American women's history, social justice activism, international women's rights, and issues surrounding race, class, immigration and poverty in the U.S. Especially impressive...
Dates: 1970 - 2016
Overview Advocacy group; Civil rights activists. Records include administrative files, correspondence, conference and retreat materials, reports, newsletters, articles, photos, videos, and research files. Major topics include women's rights, reproductive rights, women's health, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender rights, immigration reform, domestic violence, human trafficking, labor reform, economic justice, voter registration initiatives, and the history of NAPAWF activism.
Dates: 1995 - 2013
Overview The National Congress of Neighborhood Women (NCNW) is a feminist grassroots network. The primary goal of this organization was to empower poor and working-class women to become community leaders. The collection offers valuable source material for the study of working-class feminist organizing; urban studies; and women in community development. Also documented are the inner workings of grassroots organizing, with all of the personal and political dynamics that come with incorporating a feminist...
Dates: 1970 - 2013
Overview This collection consists of interviews conducted by Tamar Carroll for her dissertation on women's community activism in New York City, circa 1955-1995, including activists involved in Mobilization For Youth on New York City's Lower East Side and members of the National Congress of Neighborhood Women.
Dates: 1970 - 2010
Overview Economist, Founder First Nations Development Institute, Native American rights advocate. Papers are primarily related to her professional and public life, and focus on two organizations founded by Adamson, the First Nations Development Institute (FNDI) and First Peoples Worldwide (FPW). Major topics include American Indians, indigenous people, and economic development. Portions of the work of FNDI are particularly well chronicled through detailed staff reports and records on Field Operations...
Dates: 1941 - 2013
Overview Richard A. Cloward was a sociologist and social activist who was an architect of the welfare rights movement and the co-author of a groundbreaking critique of the welfare state as a tool for containing social unrest. Included are electronic mail, correspondence, memorandums and articles about Cloward's and Frances Piven’s social welfare activism; correspondence, clippings, and writings about Cloward's legal entanglements with Brandeis and Columbia Universities; Frances Piven's appointment...
Dates: 1944 - 2006
Overview The collection contains extensive documentation of Rosalind Petchesky's long involvement in reproductive rights and health, sexual rights, women's rights and gender equality, population control, global justice and economic justice, and women's studies and gender studies in academia.
Dates: 1959 - 2009
Overview Welfare rights activist organization. The records document the work of this welfare rights organization based in the Boston area, as well as work done by the grassroots organization Advocacy for Resources for Modern Survival (ARMS). Major topics include welfare reform, economic justice, poverty, homelessness, grassroots organizing, and cross-class and bi-racial women's organizations. Especially well-documented is co-founder Dottie Stevens' 1990 Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign. [NOTE: The...
Dates: 1973 - 2014; Majority of material found within 1990s
Overview Global women of color reproductive rights and social justice organization. TWWA broadened the scope of women's activism to address issues such as sterilization abuse, infant mortality, welfare rights, and low-wage work. The orientation of TWWA towards the "third world" brought the struggles, condition, and status of women in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to the forefront. The bulk of the records focus on the the West Coast and Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area Chapters of the...
Dates: 1971-1980; Majority of material found within 1971-1977
Overview Oral History Project documenting the persistence and diversity of organizing for women in the United States. Narrators include labor, peace, and anti-racism activists; artists and writers; lesbian rights advocates; grassroots anti-violence and anti-poverty organizers; and women of color reproductive justice leaders. Interviews cover childhood, personal life, and political work. Most oral histories consist of audiovisual recordings and transcripts, plus some background information.
Overview Women of color grassroots network; Welfare rights, reproductive rights, and women's health advocacy organization in Oakland, California The WCRC seeks to educate and empower women and girls of color, helping them to become effective leaders while at the same time advocating for public policies that help women of color, and bringing their concerns to the forefront of all social justice and women's rights movements. The WCRC has also sought to build transnational relationships with sister...