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



RECORDS, 1975-1992
2.5 linear inches


Iowa Women's Archives
100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Phone: 319-335-5068
Fax: 319-335-5900
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Please cite materials from this collection as follows:
Iowa Women's Equality Campaign records, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.


Collection Overview

The records (donor no. 796) were donated by Betty Christensen in 2001.
The records are open for research.
Copyright held by the donor has been retained by the donor.
Processed by:

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



The Iowa Women’s Equality Campaign (IWEC), sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation and the Iowa chapter of NOW, formed in 1992 to work for passage of the state ERA in Iowa. Iowa’s state ERA had already been defeated once (in 1980), and the national ERA had failed to pass by the 1982 deadline. With the ERA in decline, the Feminist Majority believed that a win in Iowa would help restore the ERA to the national agenda. The Feminist Majority, therefore, provided funding and became an active partner with the ERA Iowa 1992 Coalition, which was spearheading the campaign to pass the ERA. Disagreements arose, however, which led the Feminist Majority and Iowa NOW to split off and form a separate group--the IWEC. The IWEC and the ERA Iowa 1992 Coalition maintained a good working relationship and cooperated on many aspects of the campaign. The effort ultimately failed, however, 52 percent to 48 percent. The IWEC disbanded immediately after the election in November, 1992.

Scope and Content Note

The Iowa Women’s Equality records date from 1991 to 1992 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The records are arranged in two series: Administrative, and Media and Publicity.

The Administrative series includes lists of staff members and their duties, and calendars detailing the group’s plans for the summer and fall of 1992. Notes regarding Eleanor Smeal’s visit to the state are in the folder on Projects and Events, and the Resolutions folder contains several letters of support from church and religious groups. An interesting letter by Pro-Choice Iowa Republicans urging other Republicans to support pro-ERA and pro-choice Democrats in the 1992 election is in the Candidates’ literature folder.

The Media and Publicity series includes newspaper clippings, press packets, brochures, and a scholarly analysis of the political strategy used in the failed national ERA campaign. The Brochures folder includes anti-ERA literature.

Related Collections

ERA Iowa 1992
Johnson County ERA Coalition
Add Women to the Constitution
Iowa ERA Coalition
Iowa Women Against the ERA

Box List

Box 1                          
    General, 1992 and undated              
    Candidates’ literature and endorsements, 1992              
    Legislative resolutions passing the ERA, 1989, 1991          
    Polling places, 1992              
    Projects and events, 1992              
    Resolutions supporting ERA, 1992              
    Senior contacts, 1992              
  MEDIA AND PUBLICITY              
    “Abortion Law: ‘Unique Problem for Women’ or Sex Discrimination?”
    — Twiss Butler, Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, Vol. 4, No. 1,1991
    Brochures and bumper stickers, 1975, 1992 and undated          
    Newspaper clippings, 1991, 1992 and undated              
    Press packet and releases, 1992              

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