March 2006


Editors : Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin
Published by Alexander Street Press and the
Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender, SUNY Binghamton


In This Issue

In "How Do Contemporary Newspaper Accounts of the 1850 Worcester Woman’s Rights Convention Enhance our Understanding of the Issues Debated at That Meeting?" John McClymer explores the conflicting perspectives that emerge on the first national woman's rights convention held in Worcester, Massachusetts from the official published proceedings of the meeting and contemporary newspaper accounts. He shows how the meeting's chair and chronicler, Paulina Wright Davis, attempted to sanitize the official account of the event and how contemporary accounts permit one to see the more complex and interesting debate on issues of women's rights that took place at the meeting.

Sylvie Murray offers another revisionist perspective in her document project, "How Did Suburban Development and Domesticity Shape Women's Activism in Queens, New York, 1945-1968?" Murray explores the ways that women's activism developed in the borough of Queens in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. The account is particularly interesting because the feminist pioneer, Betty Friedan, lived in Queens at this time and Murray shows how much more active women were in neighborhood politics in the period than one comes to understand from Friedan's classic, . Murray offers a more complex view of the emergence of second-wave feminism than Friedan initially offered. The project includes four documents by Friedan which she gave WASM permission to reprint just before her death.

News from the Archives has become a regular feature of the Women and Social Movements website. This section provides news about collections and projects of interest from archives and repositories. If you are affiliated with an archive or repository and would like to submit an announcement that you feel would be of interest to our readers, please contact the editor of the new section, Tanya Zanish-Belcher , Associate Professor and Head of the Special Collections Department and University Archives at Iowa State University.

With this quarterly issue of the database, we continue to publish full-text sources related to the history of the women's organizations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The titles in this issue focus on state-level organizations. Chronologically, the first is Massachusetts Woman's Relief Corps, Auxiliary, an organization that supported the work of the Civil War veterans group, the Grand Army of the Republic. The second volume traces the history of the New York state branch of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Finally, we offer histories of the state federations of women's clubs in Michigan and Maryland. These works bring our total pages of full-text sources in the database to more than 25,000. With our next issue, we will begin publishing a quarter century of the Minutes of the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union for the period 1874-1898. If you are interested in recommending similar sources that we might publish online in the future, please feel free to write to us and let us know of some possibilities.



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