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Ms. Foundation For Women Records, 1973-2008
185 Boxes (222.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 583

Abstract:
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.]

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on use:

The material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

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.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

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).

[NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]


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

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on use:

The material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Ms. Foundation For Women Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The first installment of the Ms. Foundation For Women Records was donated by the organization in 2007.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Processing Information

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2007


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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

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Language
English


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Subjects
  • Carbine, Pat
  • Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Collaborative Fund for Women's Economic Development (U.S.)
  • Feminism -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Free To Be...You and Me
  • Girls -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Gould, Sara K.
  • Ms. Foundation for Women (U.S.) -- History -- Sources
  • Reproductive health -- United States -- History--Sources
  • Reproductive rights -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Sex discrimination against women -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Steinem, Gloria
  • Take Our Daughters to Work Day (24 Apr.)
  • Thomas, Marlo
  • Wilson, Marie (Marie C.)
  • Women -- Charities -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Women -- Economic conditions -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Women -- Employment -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Women in community development -- History -- Sources
  • Women in development -- International cooperation -- History -- Sources
  • Youth -- Services for -- United States -- History -- Sources


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