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Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH) Records, 2004-2010
2 boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 691

Abstract:
Prison reform organization. The records include correspondence, emails, conference materials, press releases, meeting agendas and minutes. Programs are fairly well-documented, including leadership and advocacy programs for women, anti-shackling campaigns, and community education. Major topics include reproductive justice, prison reform, incarcerated mothers and their children, legal advocacy for women, African American women and the U.S. prison-industrial complex, and women's community activism. [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 with the following caveats:

  • Researchers must sign an Access Agreement Form before using this collection, agreeing to protect the confidentiality of living persons.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works of WORTH within this collection. Copyright to materials authored 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.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

According to their Web site, "WORTH (Women On the Rise Telling HerStory) is an advocacy/consultant group comprised of currently and formerly incarcerated women, who have the expertise and understanding to engage, navigate and challenge policy and perceptions concerning incarcerated women." Co-founder and current chair, Tina Reynolds was in prison when she gave birth to her seventh child in 1994. Shackled for her labor and delivery, Reynolds used that most humiliating experience to inspire her work for formerly and currently incarcerated women after her release in 1995. WORTH, founded in 2004 and based in New York City, is made up of three components: 1) the Core Leadership group which oversees the day-to-day running of the organization; 2) The Sister Circle which provides training and support, both personally and professionally, for WORTH members; and 3) the Speakers' Bureau which represents WORTH at conferences, schools, religious institutions, prisons and other public venues. In 2009, WORTH achieved one of their first reform goals when New York became the sixth state to ban the shackling of women prisoners before, during or after birth. For more information, see the WORTH website.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records include correspondence, emails, conference materials, press releases, meeting agendas and minutes. Programs are fairly well-documented, including leadership and advocacy programs for women, anti-shackling campaigns, and community education. Major topics include reproductive justice, prison reform, incarcerated mothers and their children, legal advocacy for women, African American women and the U.S. prison-industrial complex, and women's community activism.

[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 with the following caveats:

  • Researchers must sign an Access Agreement Form before using this collection, agreeing to protect the confidentiality of living persons.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works of WORTH within this collection. Copyright to materials authored 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 on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH) Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The WORTH Records were donated to the SSC by Tina Reynolds and other members of the organization in 2012.

Accruals:

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

Processing Information

Accessioned by Kathleen Banks Nutter, 2012


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


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • African American women -- Political activity -- Sources
  • African American women -- Social conditions -- History -- Sources
  • Children of women prisoners -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Female offenders -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- History
  • Leadership in women -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Legal assistance to women
  • Minority women -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Social conditions
  • New York (N.Y.). Department of Correction -- History -- Sources
  • Peace Development Fund
  • Poor women -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Prison reformers -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Prison-industrial complex -- United States
  • Prisoners -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- History
  • Prisons -- History -- Sources
  • Reproductive health -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Reynolds, Tina
  • The Prison Birth Project
  • Women -- Health and hygiene -- United States
  • Women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States
  • Women -- Services for -- New York (State)
  • Women in community organization -- History -- Sources
  • Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH)
  • Women prisoners -- Abuse of -- United States
  • Women prisoners -- Family relationships -- United States
  • Women prisoners -- United States -- History -- Sources

Contributors
  • Reynolds, Tina


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