Iowa Women's Archives
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa

 

CLINTON COUNTY WOMEN'S
POLITICAL CAUCUS

RECORDS, 1973-1977
1.5 linear inches

 

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Please cite materials from this collection as follows:
Clinton County Women's Political Caucus Records, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

 


Collection Overview

 
Acquisition:
The records (donor no. 1000) were donated by Lois Seger in 2005.
 
 
Access:
The papers are open for research.
 
 
Copyright:
Copyright held by the donor has not been transferred to the University of Iowa.
 
 
Processed by:

Sharon M. Lake , 2005. [ClintonCoWPC.doc]

 

History

The Clinton County Women’s Political Caucus (CCWPC), a local branch of the Iowa Women’s Political Caucus (IWPC) and the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC), held its first meeting in August 1973 with nineteen women and three men in attendance. The group wrote bylaws, elected officers, and organized committees including a speaker’s bureau and a talent resumes committee to identify viable women candidates to serve on statewide appointed commissions. Caucus records indicate that while as many as forty women were dues-paying members in the early days and the mailing list included over three hundred names in 1975, the caucus was largely managed by a core of ten to twenty active members. The records do not describe how or when the caucus ceased meeting, although the February 1977 minutes state that concerns were expressed about “the fact that membership was down and there seemed to be a lack of direction.”

The CCWPC met monthly and the meetings generally included a guest speaker or program. Speakers addressed topics such as women and the law, abortion, women on the police force, the United Way, women in the church, and energy efficiency. Public officials or candidates often addressed the group. CCWPC members worked closely with the IWPC. Many members attended IWPC conventions and conferences, and some even traveled to the annual meetings of the NWPC. CCWPC activities involved working on local campaigns (especially of women candidates), producing programs shown on the local cablevision station, and organizing an educational project on sex stereotyping. For this project, the CCWPC sponsored several showings of the film “Dick and Jane as Victims: Sex-role Stereotyping,” surveyed the readers used in the Clinton public schools, and wrote a report on their findings, which was circulated through the Clinton school system.


Scope and Content Note

The Clinton County Women’s Political Caucus records date from 1973 to 1977 and measure 1.5 linear inches. A history, written in 1976, includes the names of the thirty-seven original members and a list of the group’s major accomplishments. The Cablevision folder includes a list of the six programs produced by the CCWPC and a letter explaining why the agreement between the CCWPC and Clinton Cablevision was terminated after the programs were aired. The Committee folder includes lists of the names of women who served on various committees. The monthly minutes were usually typed, although some are handwritten and a few are missing. The monthly newsletters summarize CCWPC business and contain a calendar of upcoming events sponsored by the CCWPC and related organizations. Also included are regular press releases issued by the CCWPC and the newspaper clippings that were saved in a scrapbook; the scrapbook has been disbound and the newspaper clippings photocopied for the collection. Materials from the IWPC include newsletters and informational sheets on topics such as marriage dissolution, adoption, and Aid to Dependent Children (ADC).


Related Collections

Iowa Women’s Political Caucus


Box List

Box 1                        
  Bylaws and history, 1973, 1976 and undated
Cablevision programs, 1977
Committees, undated
Minutes of board and membership meetings, 1973-77
CCWPC Newsletters, 1974-75
Newspaper clippings and press releases, 1973-76 and undated
Iowa Women’s Political Caucus materials, 1973-1976 and undated
                           

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