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:  1978  1979  1980  1981  1982  1983  

1970-1973   1974-1977   1984-1988

 

DATE

EVENT

PLACE

1978

-Common Wommon Club continues.

 
 

-Women's Radio Show. (Women's Media Project)

Umass

 

-Council for women in Massachusetts Public Higher Education. This group had a meeting for classified staff at UM.

Umass

 

-Women's Issues Research group forms SCERA

Umass

 

-Necessities/Necesidades began as a task force of 8 women in Hampshire County.

Northampton

 

-Counselor/Advocate program, sponsors an emergency crisis line for victims of violence. EWC.

UMass

 

-Media Assault Against Women, a WAVAW Slide Show, Rape Counselor/Advocates, EWC.

UMass

 

-Valley Women's Martial Arts moves to Springfield.

Springfield

JANUARY 1978

-UM Faculty Senate Academic Matters Council approves Women's Studies as an independent major and recommends the program be continued for five more years with its own core curriculum (e.g. become a department).

UMass

 

-Publication of "Directory of Women Counselors and Therapists in Private Practice;" network of women therapists

 

FEBRUARY  1978

21 -Lilith benefit for Common Womon Club

 
 

23 -UM Faculty Senate votes on the Women's Studies recommendation.

UMass

MARCH

05-11 -Second annual International Women's Week.

UMass

 

29 'In the Best Interest of their Children' (film) sponsored by SCLA.

 

APRIL

15-17 -Seven Sisters Lesbian Conference. Radcliffe.

 
 

27-30 -Women's Weekend and first Feminist Alumnus Reunion.

MHC.

 

-Lesbian Affinity group formed to occupy Seabrook disbanded when the occupation was called off.

 

MAY

-WOST authorized to search for 2/3 faculty position with specialty in Black and Third World women.

 
 

-Women's Occupation of the Mass. Daily Collegian.
Publication of Both Feet in the Door by women who had taken over the Collegian Office.

 

JUNE


18-30 -Support group for women who were sexually abused or sexually assaulted as children.

 

AUGUST

-WOST hires Mary Ruth Warner; Jan Raymond becomes 1/3 UM. 1/2 Hampshire faculty.

 
 

09 -South African Women's Day, Deberry School Gym, Springfield sponsored by Committee to End Apartheid, AFSC and EWC

 

OCTOBER

04 -Victims of Child Sex Abuse Support Group began, EWC. 

 

NOVEMBER

13 -Karen Silkwood Day, workshops held,EWC.

 
 


18 -Take Back the Night March

Northampton.

 

-Jewish Lesbian Study Group forms and meets regularly through 1981.
-Women Against Nuclear Destruction (WAND) forms before Trident launching in CT. to make connections between the violence against the planet and violence against women.
-Women's Issues Team organized at SCERA.
-Women Against Racism formed, lasted a year; part of Women's Issues Team.

 

1979
JANUARY


-Necessities/Necesidades, private donation enables the group to open an office at 17 Holly St., Northampton.

Northampton

FEBRUARY

-Valley Women's Voice started with money from Women's Media Network; and later became an RSO group at UM.
- Support Groups for Women Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Rape Victims,Lesbian Rape Victims, Single Mothers, Lesbians, Black Women, Divorced Women,and General Support Group begin at EWC.
- First Lesbian Arts and Crafts Show, 19 Hawley St, Northampton. A benefit for the National Lesbian Workforce Exchange Project.
16 -Mary Daly speaks on Gyn-Ecology at a reception for the author at Womonfyre Books.

 

FEBRUARY-APRIL



-Series of Academic Feminist Lectures sponsored by SCWRC

 

MARCH


- 3rd Annual International Women's Week organized by International Women's Event Planning Committee, UM.
-Necessities/Necesidades hired a part-time staff woman.
01 -First Issue of Valley Womens's Voice, 8 pages.

 

SPRING 


-Committee Against Repression formed, concerned with the rising tide of violence between women and people of color, probably disbanded in 1980 or 1981.

 

APRIL


-Busload of students go to Springfield Civic Center for a successful demonstration in support of reproductive freedom.

 

JUNE


-First Wendell Country Women's Music Festival.
-Publication of Jan Raymond's book, The Transexual Empire.

 

FALL


-Students Against Sexual Harassment (SASH) formed from Women's Issues Team,with the purpose of getting a greivance procedure at UM.

 

SEPTEMBER

-Hampshire College Sauna "women only hours".
-Women's Media Project expands to Women's Media Network, attempts to become a resource center for women in media in the Valley.
29 -Women's Coalition/Network formed for women's networking - outcome unknown.

 

OCTOBER

01 -New Alexandria Lesbian Library(founded 1974) moves Chicago to Crescent Moon Farm outside of Huntington, MA.
20-27 -Reproductive Rights Week sponsored by Socialist Feminist Collective and Hampshire County Abortion Rights Coalition.
29 -'Bush Mama' (film) presented by Third World Women's Task Force, UM.

 

NOVEMBER

-Necessities/Necesidades joined Mass. Coalition of Battered Women's Service Groups.
-Lesbian Forum formed to deal with lesbian issues, has turned into discussion group.
-Kaymarion's Art Show
04 -The Wanderground reading by the author Sally Gearhart and reception at Womonfyre Books.

 

DECEMBER 

10-11 -JEB visits Northampton, presents a slide show of lesbian photographs from mid-19th century to the present, reception at Womonfyre Books

 

1980

-Common Womon Club continues.
-Lesbian Arts and Crafts Fair.
-Group for Radical Older Women in Solidarity (GROWS) begins, EWC

 

WINTER


-Necessities/Necesidades restructuring of jobs and goals.

 
     

JANUARY 1980

-Group from Northampton joins N.E. Alliance against Nuclear Weapons and Power which started and met in Hartford. Women came back to Northampton and started Women for Survival group in March of the same year.
14 -Poor Women's Task Force Workshop, EWC.

 

FEBRUARY


-JEB - Lesbian Images in Photography Slide Show at Unitarian Church,Northampton (also at MHC).
07 -"Political Repression: An International Perspective", lecture and panel discussion, sponsored by the Third World Women's Task Force.

 

MARCH

-4th International Women's Week, UM.
03 -Talk by Jean Grossholtz on rape and battered women at SC.
05 -Support Groups for Women under 25 and for Older Non-traditional Women Students, EWC.

-Opening of works by area women artists at Herter Gallery at UM.
08 -24 hrs of women's programming on WMUA.
10 -Betty Carter performs at UM.
21-23 -Women and Life on Earth: A Conference on Ecofeminism in the 80's- beginning of New England/New York Network.(UMASS)
31 -Cora Kaplan speaks on "Pleasure, Feminism and Psychoanalysis", STPEC colloquium at UM.

 

SPRING

-Women's Issues Team organizes successful campus drive for better lighting and call boxes.

 

SPRING/SUMMER

-A number of benefits and raffles for Necessities/Necesidades held, one was a reading by Adrienne Rich.

 

APRIL

02 -Support Group for Older Women 35+ who were victims of child sexual assault/abuse begins at EWC.
18 -Support group for Birthmothers-women who have had a child placed for adop-tion begins at EWC.
22 -Barbara Smith and Elly Bulkin speak at UM.
25 -WOST "Teach-in" to educate University community re: two year wait for final approval of program (90 day clock).
26 -Joan Cocks speaks on "Reason and Emotion", STPEC colloquium at UM.

 


MAY

-WOST final approval given for department - 2 years after Faculty Senate approval of the program.
08 -Benefit dance for MORAL at Polish Club. Northampton

 

JUNE

-2nd Wendell Country Women's Music Festival 
27 -"A Poetry Reading for Lesbians" Bet Birdfish, director of NALL, and Vernita Gray, Black Lesbian from Chicago,read their poetry at Chrysalis theatre and talk about NALL. Sponsored by Old Lady Blue Jeans.

 

JULY

-Jill Krolik and Kiriyo Spooner, owners of Womonfyre Books, are threatened with vandalism and rape by a group of 4 white men who invaded the bookstore.

 

AUGUST

-Necessities/Necesidades begins 24 hour hotline.
-Sojourn group home closes and the specialized foster care program is strengthened. Northampton.
17 -Lolita LaBlanc, Puerto Rican Nationalist, speaks at Smith Vocational school.

 

FALL

-Valley Women's Voice moved to Northampton, 16 pages.
-Committee for Equal Rights and Reproductive Freedom (CERRF) formed by Women's Issues Team, SCERA.
Academic Year
-Counselor/Advocate volunteer group for rape/sexual assault victims is set up by the Office of Dean of the College at Smith
. Active through 1982/1983 academic year.
-Series of workshops and action training sessions on racism, sexism, ableism,and heterosexism at HCWC.
-SCLA met Sunday nights for discussion on different topics.

 

SEPTEMBER

-WOST Fall Colloquium Series, UM.
01 -New Alexandria Lesbian Library moves from Crescent Moon Star Farm in Huntington, MA to Worthington, MA.
11 -Rally and Vigil for Seta Rampersad held at Hampshire County Courthouse,Northampton.
14 -Bettina Aptheker speaks at UM.
21 -Establishment of Women Organizing for Occupational Safety and Health (WOOSH).
23 -Annette Kuhn,co-author of Feminism and Materialism,speaks at UM.

 

OCTOBER

02 -Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) conference on feminist theory at Smith.
03 -Margie Adam performs at the Iron Horse. Northampton.
04 -Randy Albelda speaks on "Black and White Women Workers", WOST colloquium at UM.
10 -Support groups begin for adult women who have been sexually assaulted/abused as children and for victims of rape or domestic violence at EWC.
15 -Working Women's Task Force formed, EWC.
18 -Free Drop-In Childcare begins at EWC.
24 -Holly Near concert.

 

NOVEMBER

-Necessities/Necesidades Retreat and beginning of organizational restructuring due to staff burn out.
08 -Molly Baldwin and Debbie Wald speak on "Mothers in Prison", WOST colloquium at UM.
14 -Workshop on institutional racism sponsored by GALA.
24 -Women in Arms film shown, followed by talk/presentation with producer at UM.

 

DECEMBER

-"Planning on Working?" a workshop, EWC.


-EWC Newsletter started again after not publishing for a few years.

 

JANUARY 1981

-Film Series put on by Women for Survival and Casa Latina.
-Hampshire College women organized to get a non-student coordinator for the Women's Center.

 

FEBRUARY

-WOST Spring Colloquium Series.
-Necessities/Necesidades gets a new contract with the Department of Social Services for $37,000. Hired more staff.
08 -WOST Union council sponsors a Holly Near concert, UM.
10 -'Working for your life' film shown, EWC.
11 -Third World Women's Task Force workshop, "Healing Ourselves or Yoga in Survival", EWC.

 

MARCH

-5th International Women's Week, UM.

 

SPRING/SUMMER

-Necessities/Necesidades developed an interum Board of Directors which led to a permanent Board of Directors.

 

APRIL

24 -Jewish Lesbian Pesach Seder over 50 lesbians attend.
25 -Committee on Non-Intervention in El Salvador march in Northampton.
-Linda Tillery and Mary Watkins perform at the Polish Club.
30 -Feminist Works, a group of women who do political support work, comes into official existence

 

MAY

.07 -Pornography panel at SC.
09 -Mother's Day march sponsored by Women for Disarmament (now Women for Survival).

 

JUNE

-3rd Wendell Country Women's Music Festival.

 

AUGUST

01 -New Alexandria Lesbian Library moves to Leeds, MA; Northampton-Amherst work group forms.

 

SEPTEMBER

-Black Studies/Women's Studies Faculty Development project awarded 2 year grant, WOST.
-WOST Fall Colloquium Series, UM.
-Women's Literary Magazine Jane Doe established at HCWC.
11 -"Pro-Choice Party", benefit to stop the HLA, sponsored by Feminist Works.

 

OCTOBER

-First Incest Survivor's Therapy Group.
-Clear policy on sexual harassment of employees and students was formed by the Committee on Committees at Smith College.
03 -CERRF organizes a day in rememberance of Rosie Jimenez. She died in 1977, the first known victim cut off from medicaid funding for abortions. 
15 -ISIS sponsors a speak-out on abortion. 
21 -Toni Cade Bambara speaks at Smith College, reading from her short story col-lection,Gorilla,My Love,sponsored by Afro-American Studies at Smith,Black Studies at Amherst College, and Womonfyre Books.

 

NOVEMBER

-Sojourn restructures Board; moves into a more hierarchical form of management.
02 -"Conditions of Life for Soviet Women" a lecture by Tat'yana Momonova spon-sored by WOST.
06-07 -"Consciousness and Community" conference sponsored by Smith Project on Women and Social Change.
15 -Birthmothers resumed their regular meetings, EWC. 
16 -Women coming out as lesbians support group, EWC. 
21 -Benefit dance for Women in Struggle conference, sponsored by Women's Committee of NCOCA.

 

NOV 3-DEC 8

-Six lunchtime workshops for working women, EWC.

 

DECEMBER

02-03 -CERRF organizes reproductive rights awareness days "Outlaw Sterilization Abuse not Abortion", UM.
04 -Wallflower Order performs at Bowker Auditorium, UM. 
05 -Women in Struggle Conference.

 

1982

-Mary Wentworth decides to run for Silvio Conte's seat in the House of Representatives.
-Common Womon closes

 

JANUARY

-"Jane Doe" first published, HCWC
-La Mix formed, prior to this they had worked together without a name At Rahars for six weeks. La Mix started having women's dances at Hangar One. Amherst.
-Valley Women's Chorus began.

 

FEBRUARY

-Third World Lesbian Gathering at HC.
14 -Five College Lesbian meeting, HCWC.
16 -Susan Sontag speaks at UM.
17 -First meeting of GALA (Gay and Lesbian Activists), potluck with 15 people.
23 -Career/Life planning support group, EWC.
27 -"Reaganomics and Women" workshop, sponsored by the Working Women's Task Force, EWC.
-Dance at Davis,music by Faye.sponsored by SCLA, Women in Struggle,and Northampton Committee on El Salvador.
28 -'Word is Out film' sponsored by SCLA.

 

MARCH


-Support groups:Assertiveness,Women Abused as Children, Survivors of Rape/Sexual Assault, and Battered Women at the EWC.
-'The Union Makes Us Strong' A labor film festival, EWC.
06 -"Who's got your 41 cents?:Women and The Wage Gap" workshop, sponsored by the Working Women's Task Force, EWC.
12 -Movement and Massage Workshop, EWC.
13 -Alix Dobkin in concert sponsored by SCWRC.
14 -Lesbian Film Series sponsored by SCLA, Variations, and Valley Independent Cinema as a fundraiser for Variations.

 

March-June


-Necessities/Necesidades went from six part-time paid women to three full-time paid staff.The Board of Directors was developed and from that a modified collective structure was formed.

 

SPRING


-First-ever Lesbian and Gay Pride March/Rally in Northampton, sponsored by GALA.
-Five College Third World Feminist-Lesbian group formed.
-Committee Against Sexual and Racial Assaults (CASARA) is formed. Helped or-ganize escort service at UM and published a survey on racism and sexism on campus, Women's Issues Team of SCERA.
-Abortion peer counseling support network begins, HCWC.
-Support group is formed for resistance at Big Mountain, HCWC.

 

APRIL


-Third incest Survivors Therapy Group, for lesbians only.
-Smith administration tried to close Hover House but were not allowed by the Trustees because they didn't give the current residents warning that they would close the house.
04 -Cris Williamson in concert at J.M. Greene, sponsored by Variations and SCWRC.
14 -Lesbians and the Law Forum, SCWRC.
14,21,28,and May 5
-Career Information Sessions, sponsored by the Working Women's Task Force at the EWC.
21 -"Find out what's eating you" introductory workshop on women and body issues at the EWC.
29 -CERRF organized "rock and rally for our rights". An afternoon devoted to defending our civil rights and sexual freedom.

 

MAY

14 -Nice Jewish Girls , authors reception with Gloria Greenfield, Evelyn Beck and Adrienne Rich at Womonfyre Books.
15 -First Lesbian and Gay Pride March/Rally, sponsored by GALA.

 

JUNE

-Support groups:Exploring Sexual Preference, Discussing Motherhood,Women and Stress, and Commonalities of Women, sponsored by the EWC.
07 -Support group:Women who have experienced sexual assault or rape, 10 weeks at the EWC.
16 -The Common Womon Club buildings on Masonic Street are sold.
29 -"Speaking about the Unspeakable" workshop on the myths about rape and the community's role and response to sexual violence.Sponsored by the EWC and Isis.

 

SUMMER

-EWC changed from a collective to a hierarchy.
-Necessities/Necesidades changes from offering individual therapy to a support group.

 

JULY

-Valley Women's Martial Arts moves back to Northampton. Classes held outside and at Chrysalis theatre.
01-05 -Womonfyre Books moves from Masonic St. to Center St. in Northampton.
03-05 -Womonfyre Books moves from Masonic St. to Center St. in Northampton.
17 -CERRF organizes four vanloads of students to go to Cherry Hill, N.J. for reproductive rights demonstration.

 

AUGUST

01 -"A Woman's Workshop: For Jewish Lesbians and Their Friends" draws over 100 lesbians, SC.

 

SEPTEMBER 

-4th Wendell Country Women's Music Festival. 400-500 women attend.
-Hampshire College fully funds both the Women's Center and the
Counselor/Advocate program after a woman was raped on campus.
-WOST Fall Colloquium Series, UM.
15 -'Our Lives on the Line' videotape on Black women and abortion. Film and discussion, sponsored by Isis and the Third World Women's Task Force/EWC.
19 -Open house for lesbian community at New Alexandria Lesbian Library in Leeds.
25 -"Dyke Dance" at HC sponsored by NALL, a benefit to make NALL wheelchair- accessible.
-"Old Lady Blue Jeans" a reading by Elana Dykewomon for Lesbians and girl children only at SC.
29 -"Anti-Racism CR" for GALA members at SC.

 

FALL

-Four women buy production equipment from New Roots to form a designer and artist cooperative; they were unsuccessful as such and became the business collective, North Valley Typesetting and Graphics in Greenfield.
-Third World Women in Liberation Struggles, lunchtime film series, sponsored by Third World Women's Task Force, EWC.
-Jewish Women's study group, HCWC.
-Rape Task Force conducts rape awareness workshops at UM and Amherst College dorms,sponsored by Educator/Advocates at the EWC.
Academic Year
-Hampshire Women's Center and Lesbian Alliance Progressive Film Series.

 

OCTOBER

-Necessities/Necesidades developed a structured volunteer program to work on the hotline.
-Valley Women's Martial Arts gets Dojo in Thornes.
03 -CERRF organized annual day in rememberance of Rosie Jimenez.
04 -Lesbian Incest Survivors Therapy Group forms in Northampton.
09 -Lesbian Rape alert meeting in Northampton, Thornes Mkt. after 2 lesbians are raped in Northampton and another woman in 7 weeks. About 200 women attended
23 -Lesbian Dance and Theater Performance, Thornes Mkt, Northampton.

 

NOVEMBER


-Debbie Fier's first album, "In Your Hands" is released.
-The Sexual Harassment policy is finalized and goes into effect. SASH stops meeting.
06 -Anti-KKK march, sponsored by GALA.
14 -Debbie Fier Concert, celebrating her new album, sponsored by Variations at Hotel Northampton.
30 -Marilyn Frye,"On being white: toward a feminist understanding of race supremacy",sponsored by SCLA and Student Lecture Committee.

 


DECEMBER 1982

-Trivia, A Journal of Ideas was founded. A magazine of feminist theory and scholarship.
03 -"Women and Children under Apartheid", sponsored by the Third World Women's Task Force and the Center for Racial Studies.
08 -Threatening phone calls made to NALL. death threats to Bet Birdfish, NALL director.
-"Parthenogenesis: The nature of felale creativity", by Anne G. Delenbaugh. Benefit for Trivia, cosponsored by SCWRC.
18 -Threatening phone calls made to two lesbians in Northampton about NALL.
19 -"Lesbian Speakout on Addictions" at Smith College sponsored by SCLA and Lesbians Dealing with Addictions.
23 -First Lesbian Community Meeting on threats to NALL and the Community,Thornes, Northampton.

 


JANUARY 1983


-Sojourn starts a comprehensive program for pregnant and parenting teens;began an identified vocational project within the agency with a full-time counselor.
-Feminists Against Militarism (FAM), a study/activist group formed at HC.
-GALA initiates coalition to fight for a broad-based Anti-Discrimination or-dinance in Northampton.
03 -More threatening calls made to NALL. 
09 -Lesbian Community Meeting about the Lesbian Foundation at SC. 
12 -2nd Lesbian Community Meeting on threats to NALL, Valley Women's Martial Arts Dojo, Thornes Mkt, Northampton.
13 -Written notes, threatening NALL and community as a group, left at Womonfyre Books in Northampton."The paper is right. Homosexual people must be eradicated. S.H.U.N.-Stop Homosexual Unity Now" and 'N.A.L.L. will never ex-ist, Gays must be persecuted".("the paper" refers to an editorial by Joseph Sobran published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette which was viciously anti-gay).
19 -The Daily Hampshire Gazette publishes first article ever on Womonfyre Books, under the headline "A Women's Bookstore Gains 'Legitimacy'".
20 -3rd Lesbian Community Meeting on threats to NALL and community, Valley Women's Martial Arts Dojo, Thornes Mkt, Nothampton.
22 -A phone call to a lesbian by an unidetified male voice: "What's going on in the meetings?"
24 -Betsy Rose and Cathy Winter perform at Iron Horse. Another call(s): "What's going on in the meetings?" different male voice. 
26 -Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) started first Western Mass. Chapter. 
27 -4th Lesbian Community Meeting on threats to community, Valley Women's Martial Arts Dojo, Thornes.
29 -A long letter from S.H.U.N. was left at Womonfyre Books threatening the store, GALA, NALL and the SCLA, saying gays should be "eradicated", and threatening to burn the bookstore down.
30 –Small community meeting to discuss harassment and Mayor's meeting,Northampton.
January/February
-'Blood Sucking Freaks:One hundred ways torture a woman' film cancelled be-cause of protests at Hampshire Mall in Hadley.
-GALA sponsors a workshop series on Racism and Anti-Semitism for Lesbians and Gay Men.

 

FEBRUARY

-Lesbian Union at UM grows, begins Thursday night rap groups.
02 -Small meeting of lesbians and PVPGA gay men on the Mayor's meeting.
03 -5th Lesbian Community Meeting on threats to community, Mayor's meeting, and Vigil/Protest at Neilson Library, SC.
04 -Steering Committee meeting on Vigil outside Mayor's meeting at NALL, Leeds.
08 -Mayor's meeting with Lesbian/Gay Community and Vigil Demonstration about 300 lesbians, gays and supporters, Northampton.
10 -5th Lesbian Community Meeting on threats, SC.
17 -"The Social Construction of Women's Sickness", a lecture by Denise Connors,a benefit for TRIVIA, cosponsored by SCWRC.
20 -"I Love the Library" support party in Leeds for NALL.
27 -Sweet Honey in the Rock performs at Smith sponsored by SCWRC and Variations.
28 -"Wimmin on the left: Views on Social Change" a panel sponsored by SCWRC.

 

MARCH

-6th International Women's Week at UM.
-First WOST Faculty tenured - Janice Raymond.
-Director of WOST, Katherine Portugues made "tenure track".
-Third Incest Survivors Therapy Group for Lesbians only.
04 -GALA benefit dance.
07 -Juliet Michell speaks at Hampshire College.
11 -"Pitfalls in Paradise" produced by Ad Hoc Women Productions.
13 -"Considering Art and Class" workshop sponsored by SCLA.
14 -A threat is received on a tape machine at a local business threatening to kill, first to the coordinator of NALL, then to Kiriyo Spooner, and third to burn Womonfyre Books. The message is received on Saturday and they say that the store will be burned on Tuesday. The store is under 24 hour surveilance for the next 3 days, and for the 2 Tuesdays thereafter.

 

SPRING

-Survival and Visions conference planning committee meeting (conference to be held October 1984) HCWC.

 

APRIL

-Black Studies/Women's Studies Conference at UM. 
03 -Forum on Lesbian Studies held at SC by SCLA. 
05 -More threats of violence at the march on May 14. Northampton 
06 -Discussion/talk for women by Jewish women at UM. 
08-09 and 15-16
-GALA has two weekends of films on gays and lesbians. 
09 -Womyn's Dance at Field House sponsored by SCLA. 
12 -"Health Effects of Office Automation" workshop given by Working Woman's Task Force and Labor Relations Center as part of the "Women And Office Automation in the 80's" conference at UM.
13 -SHUN threat against the march yelled on street at two lesbians in Northampton.
18 -Talk on Women and the Holocaust at Smith. 
19 -Amherst march against rape organized by Sisters in Health and Men Against Violence Against Women, and EWC.
-"New Technology: Whose Progess?" workshop given by Working Women's Task Force and Labor Relations Center as part of the "Women And Office Automation in the 80's" conference at UM.
23 -Kate Clinton, a feminist humorist gives a benefit performance for TRIVIA cosponsored by the Mount Holyoke Women's Center and TRIVIA.
-Lesbian Humor Night at Hampshire College Red Barn.
26 -"Job Stress in the Office" workshop given by Working Women's Task Force and Labor Relations Center as part of the "Women And Office Automation in the 80's" conference at UM.
26-5/1
-Latin American Week, "Women in Latin America", talk by Sonia Nieto,
film La Operation, with talk by Director Anna Maria Garcia, at UM.
29 -"Smith is for Lovers" day held at SC sponsored by SCLA.

 

April/May

-Picket against pornography conducted at Augie's Tobacco Shop in Amherst cen-ter coming out of the previous march on rape.

 

MAY

03-05 -Phone threats against the march left on VWV's answering machine from SHUN. 
06-07 -"Moving On" a seminar for Black Women on entering or re-enetering profes-sional positions, sponsored by EWC.
07 -Mother's Day march, sponsored by Women for Survival. 
09 -(week)Phone threats against the march left on GALA's answering machine from SHUN.
14-15 -Heramedia, Lesbian Video Project from NYC, comes to Northampton to film Lesbian & Gay Liberation March, victims of harassment (Kiriyo Spooner, Bet Birdfish, Kim Christiansen) on location in Leeds at NALL & at Womonfyre Books for project on Lesbians & violence. 
14 -2nd Annual Lesbian and Gay Liberation March, over 2,000 march, Northampton.
17 –'What could You do with a nickel?' film on 200 Black and Latin women in South Bronx and 'Not A Love Story' film concerning pornography, shown at UM sponsored by EWC and Third World Women's Task Force.
19 -"Workplace hustle: Sexual harassment on the job" a workshop sponsored by CLUW and WOOSH.
-Speak out on Sexual Harassment in Northampton.
28 -The bookstore, Womonfyre, gets egged. It gets egged again on May 29, July 8, October, December 27, January 29, 1984, and April 23, 1984.

 
 


Summer/Fall
-Women's Film Festival sponsored by Women's Leadership Project at UM.

 

JULY

-Necessities/Necesidades gets increased funding from Dept. of Social Services, as well as monies from Hampshire County, City of Northampton, and a private grant from Chicago Resource Center.
22 -SHUN call to VWV threatens all lesbian and gay groups with violence. 
-Daily Hampshire Gazette runs its 4-part series on lesbians.

 

AUGUST

-Jill Krolik of Womonfyre Books sets up a trap for the phone harasser by heavily advertising a reading by Becky Birtha scheduled for August 5 at the store. The ads list Jills home phone as the information number. The District Attorney's office provides a telephone answering machine, and Jil stays at home to note the time of phone calls. Approximately 35 phone calls from a group of local kids are received. Three phone calls from SHUN are also received on July 30. Robert Kremensky is arrested August 5 for those calls.

 

August-September

-SC administration attempts to gain control over contents of SCLA's workshops because of pressure from Alumni and Trustees to deal with the "Lesbian Problem".

 

SEPTEMBER 

-WOST has staff of director, faculty member, two full-time professional staff and a part-time secretary.
01 -New Alexandria Lesbian Library moves to Northampton.

 

FALL

-CASARA disbands.
-Women's Leadership Project funded for resource center. Forms a women's programming network, UM.
-Student Sexual Harassment Education Project started to make people aware of policy and to help them use it, sponsored by Women's Issues Team and SCERA.
-FBI Grand Jury Community Education Coalition started in Northampton.

 

OCTOBER

-Thirteenth Moon, a witch supply store opens at 56 Main St in Northampton. 
02 -"Lesbians and Health", a workshop sponsored by SCLA at SC. 
03 -CERRF organized 3rd annual day in remembrance of Rosie Jimenez. 
17 -Support group for unemployed and underemployed women begins at EWC.
03 -Eight "Women of Faith" protest Trident submarines by breaking into Quonset Pt. Shipyard and defacing property. Police arrest Frances Crowe, 64, of Northampton. A judge sentences her to six months in a state facility for her involvement. 
[Valley Women's Voice February 1984: no page.]
18 -Support group for women with eating problems begins at EWC.
-Kremensky is convicted of violating the civil rights of 3 lesbians and is sentenced to one year in jail (with all but 3 months suspended). This is the first jail sentence under the state civil rights law for a violation of a gay person's civil rights.
19 -Conference/Support group for women involved in any stage of the process of taking on a lesbian identity, EWC.
20 -Support group for Battered Lesbians begins at EWC.
22 -"The Sixties Speak to the Eighties" conference sponsored by WOST and STPEC at UM.

 

NOVEMBER

-Hangar One closes.
03 -Support group for Women in the Trades begins at EWC.
-Lesbian Health Workshop, EWC.
09 -"Look me in the eye: Old Women, Aging and Ageism", a lecture by Barbara Mcdonald, benefit for TRIVIA cosponsored by SCWRC.
19 -"Women Working for Change: Using the Legislation and Building Coalitions"sponsored by Center for Reflective Action, Holyoke.
30 -"Third World Women and Feminism", a lecture by Gloria Joseph sponsored by Third World Women's Task Force.

 


DECEMBER

-La Mix started having dances at Justin Ryan's, has three dances. Amherst.
-Lesbian Union at UM loses its office space and is offered a small storage space instead. LU wages a successful fight for space resulting in an office in the Student Union Bldg, UM.
-Necessities/Necesidades opens a shelter.
-Community Forum and Informational Session held on the Yvette Henry case.

 

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