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Women and Life on Earth records, 1979-2009 (Bulk: 1980-82)
12 boxes (11.25 linear feet)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00132

Abstract:
The collection contains the papers of Women and Life on Earth, on peace, anti-nuclear, and ecofeminist network. Records include conference materials, correspondence, minutes by-laws, financial records, newsletters, writings, talks, clippings, subject files, notes, posters, photographs, memorabilia, and audio tapes.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: Collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use. Original AV and born-digital materials may not be used; research use copies must be made. Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice. Researchers must sign Access Agreement form agreeing to not identify living persons without their permission.

Restrictions on 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The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection.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.

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Biographical / Historical

Women and Life on Earth (WLOE) was founded in August 1979, after the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania by 12 women from the northeastern U.S. who were active in anti-nuclear, alternative energy, peace and women's organizations. They were concerned about the "proliferation of nuclear weapons and technologies, toxic wastes, urban decay, and ecologically destructive means of production," and the threats posed to the quality of life on earth. They formed WLOE to "bring these concerns into the political arena." The organization's kick-off event was a conference: "Women and Life on Earth: A Conference on Eco-Feminism in the '80s," held in March, 1980 (the spring equinox) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. It brought together 600 women from the northeastern U.S. WLOE took advantage of the momentum generated by the conference and organized the Women's Pentagon Action, an anti-nuclear protest. In November 1980, 2,000 women encircled the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, demanding "no more amazing inventions for death." Women and Life on Earth activities continued in the U.S. and Britain for several years. The original WLOE network's activities ended in 1982.

In 1999 WLOE launched the Women and Life on Earth Internet project "to connect women internationally, share information and support changes necessary to ensure life and peace with justice in the new millennium." In August 1999 an international board of advisors was formed at a meeting held in western Massachusetts. In 2001 the project moved to Berlin, Germany with coordinator Anna Gyorgy, and the 'war on terror' that followed the September 11, 2001 attacks in the U.S., and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq "gave further proof of the need for international communication and solidarity for peace with justice."

In January 2004 the German-based association (full name: "Women and Life on Earth: women for international cooperation for peace, ecology and social justice") was granted non-profit status. They currently have an active email mailing list and Web site, and publish an electronic newsletter in German and English, to report on "women and peace, globalization and ecology." It also organizes local programs and guest speakers. [Source: WLOE Web site: http://www.wloe.org]

Scope and Contents

Records include only to the original WLOE activities which ended in 1982 and include planning materials pertaining to "Women and Life on Earth: A Conference on Eco-Feminism in the '80s," held at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (March 1980); and the Women's Pentagon Action (Washington, DC, Nov. 1980), both organized by WLOE. Additional materials include correspondence, minutes by-laws, financial records, newsletters, writings, talks, clippings, subject files related to the environment and peace, notes, posters, photographs, memorabilia, and audio tapes.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: Collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use. Original AV and born-digital materials may not be used; research use copies must be made. Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice. Researchers must sign Access Agreement form agreeing to not identify living persons without their permission.

Restrictions on 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.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection: Women and Life on Earth Records, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC-MS-00132, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The collection was gifted by Anna Gyorgy in 2003, 2005, and 2009.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
2003-S-0017. Gyorgy, Anna, WLOE conferences on eco-feminism and Women's Pentagon Action
1979-2003
7 linear feet(7 boxes. Other materials: posters in flat file)

Search Terms
Gyorgy, Anna

Materials related to "Women and Life on Earth: A Conference on Eco-Feminism in the '80s," held at University of Massachusetts, Amherst
March, 1980-1983

Box 1
Transcriptions of speeches given at conference
1980

Box 5
Newsletter copy
No date

Box 5
Posters
1980-1981

Box 5
Photographs
No date

Box 6
Booklet: "As a Woman Thinketh"
No date

Box 6
Women's Pentagon Action fliers and brochures
1980

Box 6
Women's Pentagon Action correspondence
1981

Box 6
Women's Pentagon Action evaluations
1980-1981

Box 6
Women's Pentagon Action notes and memoranda about t-shirts
1981

Box 6
Women's Pentagon Action unity statement
1982

Box 6
Women's Pentagon Action raffle: fliers, memoranda and raffle tickets
1980

Box 6
Women's Pentagon Action bus lists
1980

Box 6
Women's Pentagon Action racism workshop transcription
1980

Box 6
Women's Pentagon Action clippings
1980

Box 6
Women's Pentagon Action poster
1980

Box 6
WLOE logo designs
No date

Box 6
WLOE regional planning meeting: agendas, brochures and fliers
1999

Box 6
WLOE newsletter, Tidings
1980-05

Box 6
Notebook
No date

Box 6
Button
2003

Box 6
Electronic newsletters
1999 1999, 2002-2003

Box 6
Audiotapes
(bulk 1980, No date)

Box 7
Forty-three unlabeled tapes regarding "Women and Life on Earth: A Conference on Eco-Feminism in the '80s"
1980

Box 7
"WISE," (9 tapes)
1980

Box 7
"Women and Nukes," (2 tapes)
No date

Box 7
"Feminism and ecology," (1 tape)
No date

Box 7
"Milagros workshop," (1 tape)
No date

Box 7
"Helen Moreschi: Women in Trade Unions," (1 tape)
No date

Box 7
"Kayla Bicker: Genetic Manipulation," (1 tape)
No date


"Confronting Racism," (1 tape)
No date

Box 7
"Urban community organizing," (2 tapes)
No date

Box 7
"Women and Wilderness," (1 tape)
No date

Box 7
2005-S-0059. WLOE 1980 conference and Pentagon Action materials
1980-1981
2 linear feet

Search Terms
Gyorgy, Anna

2005-S-0059. Women's Pentagon Action clippings
1980-1981

Box 1
Women's Pentagon Action fliers, memoranda, and press releases
1980

Box 1
Women's Pentagon Action photographs (contact sheets),
1980

Box 1
Address cards including WLOE conference, Amherst, MA
ca.1980 and no date

Box 1
Undelivered mail, including WLOE conference in Amherst, MA
1980

Box 1
2005-S-0059. Original artwork and clippings from Women's Pentagon Action
1980

Box 2
2005-S-0059. Audiotapes from WLOE conference in Amherst, MA
1980

Box 3
2009-S-0020a. Gyorgy, Anna, WLOE 1980 conference audio CDs
2008-2009
0.5 linear feet

Search Terms
Gyorgy, Anna

Accession 2009-S-0020a. Preservation masters of CDs, 1980 WLOE Conference, Amherst
1980-1986

Box 1
Accession 2009-S-0020a. Research use CD copies, 1980 WLOE conference, Amherst
1980

Box 2
Accession 2009-S-0020a. Audio CD, "Women, Militarism and the Arms Race."
No date

Box 2
Accession 2009-S-0020a. Audio CD, "Is There a Feminine Perspective?"
No date

Box 2
Accession 2009-S-0020a. Audio CD, "Communicating Environmental and Feminist Issues
No date

Box 2
Accession 2009-S-0020. Audio CD, "Women and the Anti-nuke Movement/Eco-feminist Organizing"
No date

Box 2

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Antinuclear movement--History--Sources
  • Ecofeminism--History--Sources
  • Environmental protection--Citizen participation--History--Sources
  • Gyorgy, Anna
  • Gyorgy, Anna
  • Nuclear disarmament--History--Sources
  • Nuclear power plants--Environmental aspects
  • Pacifists--History--20th century--Sources
  • Peace movements--History--20th century--Sources
  • Peace--Societies, etc.--History--Sources
  • Women and Life on Earth
  • Women and Life on Earth
  • Women and Life on Earth--History--Sources
  • Women and Life on Earth: A Conference on Eco-Feminism in the '80s," (1980: Amherst, Mass.)
  • Women and peace--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women environmentalists--History--Sources
  • Women's Pentagon Action (1980: Arlington, Va.)
  • Women--International cooperation--History--20th century--Sources

Genre terms
  • Audiotapes
  • Brochures
  • Bylaws
  • Computer media
  • Electronic mail
  • Financial records
  • Fliers
  • Forms (documents)
  • Fund raising
  • Invoices
  • Mailing lists
  • Membership lists
  • Memorandums
  • Minutes
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Notes
  • Pamphlets
  • Questionnaires
  • clippings
  • correspondence
  • notebooks
  • press releases


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