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

Jump to:  1974  1975  1976  1977    

1970-1973   1978-1983  1984-1988

Date
Event
Location
 1974 January 14-25. Everywoman's University. (EWC). Amherst 
  January 24-25. Working Conference on the Women's Movement. (Orchard Hill/VWU/EWC).   Amherst
  January. The Women's Hour/Show is organized on WMUA, Tuesday from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm, by the Women and Media course. (SWWC).  Amherst
  January. Valley Women's Center changes to a Union of: Mother Jones Press, Women’s Film Coop, Education, Employment, Staffing, Newsletter, Child Care, and Study and Research work groups.  
  January. Bi-weekly Women's Column starts in the Valley Advocate.    
  January. Issue of men as VWU members.  
  February 6. Waitresses at Joe's Cafe are fired; picketing increases. (VWU).  
  February 17. Benefit dance for Chomo-Uri with Lilith and Deadly Nightshade.  
  February. Off-campus Lesbian discussion group. (EWC/Southwest Resource Center).  Amherst
  February. UM Society of Women Engineers. (EWC) Amherst 
  February. Picketing at Joe’s Cafe ends.  
  March 8. International Women's Day. Nineteen hours of programming on WFCR.  
  March 8. Springfield Rape Crisis Hotline.  Springfield
  March 11-16. National Women's Poetry Festival. (FAP).  
  March 22. Picketing in support of women employed by Ramada Inn. (VWU).  Chicopee
  March. Women's Weekly Happenings. (EWC).  
  March. Hampshire College clerical staff again attempts to unionize, through October. Staff Reunion is published. Second election lost by three votes.  
  March. First issue of Chomo-Uri is published. (FAP).  
  Spring. Springfield Women's Center moves to smaller space on Worthington Street. Sojourner Truth School for Women.    
  Spring. Lesbians join VWU Coordinating Board.    
  May 10-12. Women's Weekend. (SWWC).  
  May. Experimental Women's Studies program approved by UM Faculty Senate   Amherst 
  June 10. Waitresses Conference. (VWU).  
  June. New edition of the Women's Film Coop catalogue.  
  Summer. VWU convenes four workshops    
  July. Springfield Women's Center becomes a union Springfield 
  August. Community Women's Center in Greenfield closes    Greenfield
  August. Franklin County Women's Coalition publishes a Journal.  
  September 27-28.  New Careers for Women: conference for high school guidance counselors. (EWC).  
  September. Job Action Center for Waitresses; Tip-Off Newsletter. (VWU).    
  September. Forty-nine women enroll in two year pilot Women's Studies Program. UM. Amherst 
  September. Non-sexist Parents Coop finds church space. (SWU).  
  September. Students put together Women's Weekends. MHC South Hadley  
  October. Weekends for Everywoman. (EWC).  
  October.  CLIT papers studied at VWU.  
  November 4. Benefit dance with Lilith and Deadly Nightshade.   
  November. Lesbian Gardens space; Friday night discussion groups. (VWU).  
  November. Dance with Lilith. Unitarian Church. Springfield 
 1975 January 21-25. Eight hundred women attend University Women's Conference. (EWC/SWWC/Women's Studies).  Amherst
  January. New Year's bash with Lilith. Emerson House, UM. Amherst 
  January. First karate-self defense course taught at MHC. South Hadley  
  February. Women's Cultural Week. (FAP). UM.  Amherst
  February. "The Girl of Our Dreams" premieres and Amherst Feminist Repertory Company forms Amherst 
  March. Non-sexist Parents Coop rents space to open the Mudpie Childcare Coop. (SWU).  Springfield
  April 30. Barbara Ehrenreich: "Medicine and the Social Control of Women, sponsored by Carnegie Project on Women's Career Options. Hampshire College   
  April. Two women arrested at the protest of rape lecture at Baypath Junior College. (SWU/Rape Crisis Center).  
  Spring. Chapter of NOW.  Springfield
  Spring. New women's center at YWCA opens. Springfield 
  Spring. Emma Goldman Brigade forms out of a Project SELF workshop on Anarchism and Feminism    
  Spring. Old Maid Lesbian newspaper based in Northampton is published. Northampton 
  Spring. Saturday night coffee house. (Lesbian Gardens).  
  Spring.  Arrests of prostitutes protested. (SWU). Springfield 
  May 6-11. Bimillenial Lesbian Week.   
  May. Daycare sit-in of Chancellor's Office. UM.    Amherst
  May. Grand Jury Information Project begins. (Northampton Women's Law Center/SWU).  
  May. Artandryl forms.  
  June. Women's Wednesday Nights at Zelda's.   Northampton 
  July. Santi's bar invaded for discrimination. (SWU/Western Mass. Legal Services).    Springfield
  July. Eighty or more local women attend the Socialist Feminist Conference. Yellow Springs, Ohio.    
  July. Lesbian Community Education and Self Defense/Dyke Patrol forms.    Northampton
  July. Joanne Little demonstration. (SWU). Springfield 
  August.  Miss World USA Pageant is picketed. (SWU/VWU).  
  August. Women attacked at Gala Cafe. Northampton 
  August. Women's Health Care Collective forms; branches out of the Community Health Care Collective.  Florence
  August. Grand Jury Information Project ends.  
  September. Green Street Tenants' Coop.  Northampton
  September. Article in MHC student paper prompts formation of Lesbian support group and CR workshops in dormitories.  South Hadley
  September. Spread the Word Distribution and People's Newstand. UM.  
  September. Rape Crisis Center protests lack of police cooperation to Mayor. Springfield 
  September. Affirmative Action and Discrimination Counseling. (EWC).  
  September. Legal Rights Committee (SWU) completes survey of UM school systems for compliance with Chapter 622 and Title IX regulations. Amherst 
  September. Sixty women enroll in Women's Studies program. UM.  Amherst
  September 6.  Benefit for Rape Crisis Center disrupted by police; one woman is beaten.  Springfield
  Fall. Graduate Women's Studies program. UM. Amherst 
  Fall. Magical Lesbian Playgroup forms. (LG).  
  October 21. University Community Against Rape Conference.  Amherst  
  October. Third World Women participate in rallies for Bilingual Collegiate Program and Earl Brown. UM. Amherst  
  October. Lesbian Gardens: all Lesbian space is started. Coffee house group starts and brings Lesbian talent from all over the East to the LG every Saturday night until late spring.  
  October. Sweetcoming Bookstore, all women bookstore, opens. (LG).
 
  November 13, 20.  Student nurses protest program cuts. UM. Amherst  
  December 21. Winter Solstice Celebration. (LG).  
  December. "Sistersharing" weekly program on WTCC. (SWU).    
  Women's Health Care Night on Tuesdays. (Community Health Care Project).  Florence
   Liberty Standing forms.  
 1976 January. UM Lesbian Union forms out of the Gay Women's Caucus of the People's Gay Alliance (old SHL).  
  January. YONI: Women's Sexuality Project.  Northampton
  Winter. Confrontation between AFARCE cast and some Lesbian-Separatists    
  February. Women's Restaurant Project.Commonwomonclub.  
  February. Student Senate women get bill passed to limit speaking time of male senators. Many bills sponsored and passed after this action. UM.    Amherst
  March 7-12. International Women's Week. UM.   
  March 8. International Women's Day, two hundred women march in Northampton. (VWU).  Northampton
  March. Carmen Hinton: "Women in Chinese Politics" UM.  Amherst
  March 11. Helen Rosen: "Women in Cuba and China." UM. Amherst 
  March 28. Beginning of Women's Cultural Week. (FAP). UM. Amherst 
  March. Dyke Patrol disbands  
  March. Magical Lesbian Playgroup disbands  
  March. Nutcracker's Suite opens. Main Street, Northampton. Northampton 
  April 2. End of Women's Cultural Week. (FAP). UM. Amherst 
  April 8.  Lesbian community meeting.  
  April 11-17. Women's Week. Hampshire College. Amherst 
  April 16-18. Women's Weekend with Meg Christian. MHC. South Hadley  
  April 21. Adele Rickett: "Women Writers in China." MHC.  South Hadley
  April 26. Susan Brownmiller at Rape Training conference.(UM and FamilyPlanning)UM. Northampton.  
  May 1-2. Women and Violence Conference. (EWC). UM.  Amherst
  May 14. Women on My Mind." (AFARCE).  
  May 15. Anti-rape march.    Northampton
  May. Mother Jones Press closes and Megaera Press opens as a Lesbian publishing company  
  June 5-6. Susan Saxe Benefit. (VWU).   
  June. UM Staff Women's Newsletter. (EWC).  
  June. Rape Crisis Center closes.  Springfield
  July 1. Greasy Gorgon Garage, Megaera Press, Women’s Film Coop form the Egg and Marigolths.  Northampton
  July 4. Women's Caucus sends sixty women to Philadelphia  
  July. Greasy Gorgon Garage opens. Northampton 
  August 1. Ceres, Inc. (Women's Restaurant Project) purchases property at 68-78 Masonic Street. Renovation begins. Northampton 
  September. They Will Know Me By My Teeth, by Elana Dykewomon is published. (Megaera Press).  
  September. Skills Exchange group.  Northampton
  September. First issue of Dyke Doinqs. (LG).  
  September. Women Concerned with Rape. MHC.   South Hadley  
  September. Artandryl disbands    
  Fall. Rape counseling; Survival and Welfare counseling. (EWC).  
  Fall. Springfield Women's Union closes. Springfield 
  Fall. Seventy-eight women enroll in Women's Studies. UM. Amherst 
  Fall. UM Lesbian Union gets its own space and starts Wednesday women's nights at Farley Lodge.  Amherst
  October 2. Autumn Market. (Skills Exchange). Amherst.  
  October 26. Talent Show to benefit Ceres, Inc. (Common Womon Club).  
  October 28. Forum on Racism. (VWU).  
  October 29. Susan Saxe benefit.  
  October. Lesbians in social services. (LG).  
  October. Women's Educational Equity Project (WEEP). UM.   Amherst 
  October. Lesbian drawing support group. (LG).    
  October. New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT) opens an outreach office.  Greenfield
  October. Lesbian Alliance. Smith College.  Northampton
  November 3. Autumnal Celebration with Liberty Standing benefit. (Common Womon Club/Ceres, Inc.)   
  November. Women's Market. (LG/Skills Exchange).  
  November. Female Offender Program. (YWCA)  Springfield
  December 10. Benefit for Assata Shakur and Yvonne Wanrow: Sisters on the Outside. (New Africa House). UM.   Amherst 
  December. Common Womon Club opens.  Northampton
  December. Women's Art Collective begins with groups on art herstory, writing, and drawing.  
 1977 January 1. New Year's celebration. (Common Womon Club).  
  January 9. Willie Tyson benefit for Megaera and Common Womon.  
  January 10-20. Sophia Smith Collection films and lectures. Smith College. Northampton 
  January. NELCWIT gets non-profit corporation status.  
  January. VWU and LG evicted by the landlord.    
  January. Sweetcoming Bookstore moves to the Egg.    
  February 1.  Benefit dance for Chomo-Uri with Liberty Standing. MHC. South Hadley  
  February 4. Contradance with women musicians (later Ladies Chain). (VWU).  
  February 16. Women and Higher Education Symposium. (EWC/Women's Studies).   
  March  2-6. Philadelphia Dyketactics holds workshops. MHC.  South Hadley
  March 5-6. Five College Socialist Feminist Symposium. Hampshire College.  Amherst
  March 6-12. International Women's Week with many workshops coordinated by Third World Women. (New Africa House). UM.  Amherst
  March 7. Robin Morgan benefit reading for Common Womon. Hampshire College.  Amherst
  March 7-12. Women's Week. Hampshire College. Amherst 
  March 8. International Women's Day march.  
  March 12. Women's Art Day. Amherst College Amherst 
  March. 12 to 1, clerical workers organization. UM. Amherst 
  March. VWU moves to space above Common Womon. (Ceres, Inc.).  
  April 2. National Secretaries Day. "Raises not Roses" demonstration. (12 to 1).  
  April 15. Nutcracker's Suite-Women's Self Defense/Karate Dojo moves to 68 Masonic Street. Navy is evicted. Northampton.  
  April 18. ‘Tania’ benefit by Little Flags Theater for Che Lumumba School.  
  April 26-30. -"Waltz for Women's Voices" and "This Brooding Sky." (AFARCE).  
  April. Seabrook occupation. New Hampshire    
  Spring. MHC Library suppresses love letters from former president Mary Wooley to Jeanette Marks, an English professor. South Hadley  
  May 1-9. Women's Week. UM.   Amherst
  May 6-8. Women's Community Weekend.   Northampton 
  June 5. Massage Day to benefit Women's Karate Camp.  
  June 26-28. National Training Camp for Women and the Martial Arts. (Nutcracker's Suite). Hampshire College.  Amherst
  June 28. Karate/Self Defense demonstration for women of the community. Hampshire College.  Amherst
  June. Women's Art Collective disbands    
  Summer.  VWU closes.  
  Summer. Offense Against Psychosurgery fund.  
  Summer. International Women's Year regional convention. Springfield 
  Summer. Northampton community group on violence. (Gathering Society). Northampton 
  August.  Ad Hoc Committee Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence.  
  September.  MHC Women's Center opens with coalition of Lesbian support group, Women Present Women, and Women's Studies committee. South Hadley  
  September. Ninety women enroll in Women's Studies. UM.    Amherst
  September. Formation of the Feminist Speaker's Bureau. Northampton 
  Fall.  Last Project SELF workshop series offered. (EWC).  
  Fall. Five-College Women's Studies Committee.  
  Fall. Smith Women's Studies Committee.  
  October. NELCWIT gets $56,000 CETA grant    
  November 11-12. "Bonnie Keene: Girl Sleuth." (AFARCE).   
  November 14. Network of Feminist Therapists founding dinner at Common Womon Club.   
  November. Amherst College offers first Women's Studies major. Amherst 
  November. Hampshire County Rape Information and Prevention Program. (Family Planning). Northampton 
  November. People's Newstand comes out as Women's Newstand. UM. Amherst 
  December 19. Birthday celebration: Common Womon is one year old.  
  December. Karate and Self Defense demonstration. (Nutcracker's Suite).    
  December. Olga Broumas reads poetry. MHC South Hadley  
  December. Information sharing: Sixty women from four counties on sexual assault and family violence. (Ad Hoc committee).  
   The Rock is published. (Megaera Press).  

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