TheValley Women's Movement

A Herstorical Chronology 1968-1988

1968-1978 Compiled and Edited by Kaymarion Raymond and Elizabeth Letalien
1978-1984 Compiled and Edited by Amy Silverstein
1984-1988 Compiled and Edited by Lisa Renzi
©Valley Women's History Collaborative 1998

 

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1974-1977   1978-1983  1984-1988

Date
Event
Location
1968
An undergraduate invites the Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell (WITCH), actually from New York City, to visit her house.
Smith College
1969
November. Four Amherst women find each other and find four more to form Amherst Women's Liberation (AWL). They meet Sunday nights and organize support groups. Amherst
 1970
AWL grows to one hundred members, meeting weekly in support groups and a large monthly forum in a church. Study groups on abortion and birth control, archves, continuing education, and welfare are formed. Amherst
  Summer. AWL writes a statement of purpose based on studies of literature from Berkeley, California Women's Center. Amherst
  August 26th. Celebration: "Fifty Years of Women's Suffrage." Amherst Common
  September. Women's Health Counseling Project. Springfield
  September. Women of Venceramos Brigade. Springfield
  December. AWL opens the Valley Women's Center (VWC) with action groups basd on their study groups, a newsletter, speaker's bureau, staff group, free personal counseling, and welfare advocacy and counseling.  Northampton
  December. Springfeld Women's Collective forms support groups and publishes Small Arms.  Springfield
 1971 January. Listing of "Courses On or About Women Offered in the Five Colleges" by VWC.  Northampton
  March 13th. Five College meeting of women teachers at Mouth Holyoke College South Hadley  
  March 20th. Proposal is made to Five College inc for Five College Committee on Women's Studies.  
  March. First issue of The Woman's Journal is published by the writers' support group of the VWC  Northampton
  March. Women's Liberation Teach-In at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  April. School of Education Women's Caucus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  April. Dance in the Hatch with Steel sponsored by the Student Homophile League (SHL), Gay Liberation Front (GLF), and Women's Liberation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  June. Gloria Steinem speack at Smith College's graduation and visits the Valley Women's Center Northampton 
  July. Student Homophile League Lesbians present Gay-Straight Teach-In at AWL monthly forum Northampton 
  August. SHL and AWl share an information booth at the Tri-County Fair Northampton 
  August. AWL and SHL send delgated to the New England Lesbian Femnist Conference Kent, CT  
  Fall. The Women's Institute of the VWC writes a million dollar proposal for a residential women's community Northampton 
  Fall. The Five College Women's Studies Seminar begins   
  September. Leverett Road Women's Collective Amherst 
  September. Project SELF workshops offered by the Women's Advisory Center of the Conitnuing Education Department at the University of Massachusetts  Amherst
  October. Leverett Road Women's Collective starts newspaper project Amherst 
  November. Southwest Women's Center get a janitor's closet for space at the University of Massachusetts  Amherst
  November. Women's Advisory Board. Continuing Education Department at the University of Massachusetts  Amherst
  November. Women's issues are raised at Student Conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  December 8th. Robin Morgan speaks as part of the Distinguished Visitors Program at the University of Massachusetts  Amherst
  December 15th. SHL Gay Women's Caucus formed at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  December 17-19. Regional Women's Conference for Western New England (Leverett Road Women's Collective). University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  December. Article on women's issues appears in Poor Richard, and alternative student paper Amherst 
  Child Care Center at University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Women at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  MauMau Society formed. English Department at the University of Massachusetts  Amherst
  Bi-weekly Women's Page appears in the Holyoke Transcript  Holyoke
  Undergraduate Student Senate Women's Committee at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 
 1972 January. Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus meets at Smith College Northampton 
  February 15th . Women's Institute incorporates  
  March 6-11. Five College Women's Cultural Week. Deadly Nightshade emerges from retirement  
  March 8th. International Women's Day at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  April 25th. Shirley Chisholm is on Massachusetts primary ballot for US president  
  April. Women take over the ROTC building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  April. Women Against War Group. VWC.  Northampton
  Spring. First issue of Full Moon newspaper is published. Leverett Road Women's Collective Amherst 
  Spring. University of Massachusetts Ad Hoc Feminist Studies Committee meets to write a fifty page proposal for a feminist studies department. Committee has three "arms." The political group becomes the Radical Women;s Caucus and a board.  Amherst
  Spring. Hampshire College clerical staff attempts to unionize, but loses the first election. Amherst 
  Spring. Southwest Women's Center offers its first Sex Roles course. Amherst 
  May 1st. Thirty women of Women Against War, later called the lizzie Borden Brigade, are arrested at Westover Air Force Base. Two hundred and fifity women are arrested in other actions  
  May 29th. Lizzie Borden Brigade marches Pittsfield 
  May. New Haven Women's Film Coop turns their project over to the Women's Institute to form the Women's Film Coop. Northampton
  June. Leverett Road Women's Collective disbands  Amherst 
  July. An attempt to organize a Lesbian political study group. Northampton 
  August. Rainbow painted on VWC windows.  Northampton
  August. Lesbian drop-in, Tuesday nights. VWC. Northampton 
  August. Community Women's Center opens with support groups, counseling, chldcare exchange, newsletter and workshops.  Greenfield
  September 29th. "Escape from the Circle: Roles of Women in Education" Conference begins at Mount Holyoke College  South Hadley
  September. Everywoman's Center opens with personal counseling, staff women's program and Project SELF workshops, and newsletter at the University of Massachusetts   Amherst
  Fall. SWWC moves from closet to an apartment, expands course offerings Amherst 
  Fall. Feminist Studies Committee. Hampshire College  Amherst
  Fall. Virginia Woolf poster by Kaymarion published by EWC  Amherst
  Fall. Deadly Nightshade plays at Dickinson House. UMass Amherst 
  Fall. Women's Film Coop publishes first catalog.    
  October. Mini-marathon with workshops and Robin Morgan speech. (School of Education Women's Caucus). UMass. Amherst 
  November. Monies from Robin Morgan and Sisterhood is Powerful Fund is divided by women's groups.    
  November. Deadly Nightshade plays at dance. (SWWC). UMass. Amherst 
  December 14.  Kate Millett speaks. UMass. Amherst 
 1973 January. Meeting at the YWCA to discuss starting a women's center.   Springfield
  January. Poor Women's Task Force. (EWC).    
  March 17. Rape Conference; Rape Action Group forms. (EWC/VWC).   Northampton
  March. Southwest, Orchard Hill, Central, Northeast and Sylvan residential areas women's centers meet. UMass.   Amherst 
  March. Fight to get women's programming on WFCR.    
  April 2-7.  Women's Week. (SWWC/Project-10). UMass. Amherst 
  April 6-8. Women's Festival, with the Deadly Nightshade. Smith College Northampton 
  April 10. First Sophia Sisters meeting. Smith College  Northampton 
  April 28. Feminist Counseling Collective. (EWC/School of Education). UMass   Amherst
  April 30. Earth Onion Theatre. UMass  Amherst 
  April. Feminist Arts Center; later called Feminist Arts Program. (EWC). Amherst 
  April. Bill Baird, speaking on abortion at UM, is questioned by "the lunatic fringe of the women's movement." (SWWC).  Amherst
  Spring. Hundreds of women meet to form UM Coalition on Abortion and Day care. UMass.  Amherst
  Spring. Deadly Nightshade plays Dickinson House. UMass.  Amherst
  Spring. Springfield Women's Center opens on State Street with groups on health, welfare, childcare, rape, media, newsletter, and support groups.    Springfield
  Spring. Lucy B. Stoners (1818) Women's Softball team. (SWWC).  
  May 10. Alix Kates Schulman. (EWC). UMass Amherst 
  May. Women's Show. Old Farms Gallery. Petersham.  
  May. MCAD hearings on suit brought against Smith College by two faculty women.  Northampton
  May. Voices of New Women is published. (FAC).  
  Summer. Springfield Women's Center pickets Technicolor and Vincents; leaflets the Welfare Office. Springfield 
  July 14. Mother Jones press. Northampton 
  July. The Women's Guide to Northampton-Amherst is published by the Women's Information Project. (Jones Library).  Amherst
  August 3. Women's Poetry Reading. (FAC/CWC). Greenfield 
  August. Almy's Department store is picketed by women employees and friends.  
  August. Northampton women's coffee house project is discussed.   Northampton 
  Fall. A Valley Women's Union collective meets to organize principles for a union of VWC.  
  Fall. Whole Women's Center opens. Hampshire College. Amherst 
  Fall. UM Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Women forms a sub-committee on Women's Studies to write a proposal.    Amherst
  Fall. Task Force on Unemployment. (EWC).  
  September. Picketing at Joe's Cafe in support of waitresses.   Northampton 
  October. EWC moves to larger space in Goodell Hall. UM. Amherst 
  October. Women's Film Festival at Globe Theatre. (WFC).   Northampton 
  November 8. University Women's Caucus   
  November. WMUA comes up with one hour a week for women. UM.    Amherst
  November. Student Prince Bar is picketed for refusing to serve women.  Springfield
  November. Lilith plays. Smith and Mt. Holyoke Colleges.   Northampton, South Hadley 
  November. Institute for Teaching Politics begins. (EWC).    
  December. EWC given Governor's Commission on the Status of Women award for education.    
  December. UM Women and Career Options gets Carnegie Foundation grant.  Amherst
  December. UM women attend Women in Higher Education Conference. Salem State College.  
  December. Institute for Teaching Politics ends. (EWC).  
   Valley Women's Studies is published. MHC. South Hadley  

 

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