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

 

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

RECORDS, 1976-2005
5.25 linear feet

 

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:
University of Iowa Council on the Status of Women Records, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

 


Collection Overview

 
Acquisition:
The records (donor no. 462) were donated by Delores Nesbitt in 1997 and Jan Warren in 2003.
 
 
Access:
The records are open for research.
 
 
Copyright:
Copyright has not been transferred to the University of Iowa.
 
 
Processed by:
Heather Stecklein, 2002 and Elizabeth Engel, 2005. [UICouncilStatusWomen.doc]
 

History

The University of Iowa Council on the Status of Women was founded by Vice President for Academic Affairs May Brodbeck following her participation in the International Women’s Year program on women’s education and employment in 1976. The council consisted of twenty voting members drawn from four distinct components of the University of Iowa community: students, faculty, professional and scientific staff, and merit staff. Faculty and staff members served three-year terms and students served one-year terms. The council met monthly from September to June.

The council served as an advocacy group for women on the University of Iowa campus. During its first two decades of service, the group focused on childcare, women’s athletics, university safety and security, homophobia, and sexual harassment. Subgroups of the council met separately and orchestrated campus-wide surveys on salary and wage discrepancies between men and women, childcare needs, and sexual harassment on campus. From these studies, the groups proposed new campus policies regarding childcare centers, affirmative action, family leave, and sexual harassment grievance procedures.

The council was inactive during the 2001/02 and 2002/03 academic years. In 2003, the council initiated a review of the 2000 merger of the men’s and women’s athletics departments. The Athletics Merger Review Committee’s report, issued in 2005, led to the formation of a Gender Equity in Athletics ad hoc committee.


Scope and Content Note

The University of Iowa Council on the Status of Women records date from 1976 to 2005 and measure 5.25 linear feet. The records are arranged in five series: Administrative, Subcommittee work, Parenting concerns/childcare subcommittee, Sexual harassment subcommittee, and Affirmative action subcommittee.

The Administrative series (1976-2005) contains organizational by-laws and mission statements, meeting minutes, correspondence, reference files, and a variety of other operational materials for the group.

The C ommittee work series (1977-2005) includes materials from small projects initiated by subcommittees of the Council on the Status of Women, including correspondence, meeting minutes, and research reports on campus lighting, homophobia, and sexism.

The series from the Parenting Concerns and Childcare Subcommittee (1976-1998) contains meeting minutes, correspondence, and reference files from the subgroup’s work toward improved childcare for University of Iowa workers.

The series of materials from the Sexual Harassment Subcommittee (1977-2000) includes newspaper clippings on testimony from University of Iowa women with sexual harassment grievances. In addition, the series includes University of Iowa policies on sexual harassment and a 1992 sexual harassment survey of University of Iowa women by the subcommittee. It also includes the transcripts of anatomy professor Jean Y. Jew’s sexual harassment lawsuit against the University of Iowa, as well as the materials relating to the Women’s Rights Award that is named in her honor.

The Affirmative Action Subcommittee series (1976-2001) contains subcommittee rosters, meeting minutes, reference files, and correspondence from the subgroup’s work. Also in the series are surveys and reports on the state of affirmative action at the University of Iowa compiled by the subcommittee in the late 1980s.


Related Collections

Jean Jew Justice Committee
This collection contains information regarding the Jean Jew case and the formation of a committee by Jean Jew’s colleagues to support her and oppose sexual harassment on The University of Iowa campus.


 

Box List

Box 1                          
  Administrative            
    Activities            
     

10 th anniversary celebration, 1986-1987
Activity application forms, 1976-1988
“Building a Community of Women,” 1995
Diversity dialogues, 2001
Female faculty reception, 1978
“Making our voices heard” panel, 1991

   
   

Agendas, 1986-2001
By-laws

           
     

1986-1993
Task force proceedings, 1987-1990

   
   

Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)

   
     

Women’s Advocates Network, 1982-1996 (3 folders)
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) campus action plan, 1993-1995

                           
Box 2                          
   

Correspondence

           
      1976-1988
1989-1990
1991-2001
Office of Federal Contract Compliance, 1993
Peter E. Nathan, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of faculty, 1992
   

Financial records

           
     

Budgets, 1988-2000
Statements of account, 1993-2000

   

Forums, 1994-1995
Information from constituent groups, 1988-1990
International Women’s Month, 1975-1976, 1996
Logos, 1978 and undated
Mailing lists, 1992 and undated

 
                           
Box 3                          
   

Meetings

 
      Minutes  
        1976-2001 (5 folders)
2003-2005
       
      Notes, 1976-1977, 1985-1987      
    Membership            
      Advertising and application forms, 1989-1998
Rosters, 1976-2005
Selection
 
        1976-1984 and undated
1985-1989
         
                           
Box 4                          
       

1990-1998 (2 folders)

           
   

Mission statements, 1984, 1992-1994
Newspaper clippings, 1976-1991
President-chartered committee status, 1987-1988
Presidential search

   
     

General, 1995
Meet President Mary Sue Coleman, 1996

   
   

Provost search

           
     

Candidate materials, 1996
Farewell reception for Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo, 1996

   
   

Reference files

           
     

1977-1978
American Council on Education recommendations, undated
Public records law, undated
Reports

     
       

13th annual report, State of Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, 1985
Board of Regents Annual Salary Report, Fiscal Year 1994, Nov. 1993
Federal Councils on the Status of Women, Established by Executive Order: Summary and Analysis, 1985
In Pursuit of Equity: Final Report of the Task Force on the Status of Women on Campus – Central College, 1994
Report on Minority Student Enrollment, Minority Faculty, and Minority Student Programs at Selected State Universities, 1987
Reports on the status of women, other institutions, 1980-1995 (folder 1)

                           
Box 5                          
       

Reports on the status of women, other institutions, 1980-1995 (folder 2)
Strategic Study Group on Status of Women, Pennsylvania State University

         

Recommendation packages

           

#1-4, 1986-1987 (3 folders)

 
                           
Box 6                          
           

#5, 1988
Final report, 1988

 
       

A Survey of Services for Women Faculty and Academic Staff at Big Ten Universities, 1988
The University of California in the 21 st Century: Successful Approaches to Diversity , 1987

     

Student financial aid, University of Iowa, 1976-1978
Title IX, 1976
University of Iowa counseling service questionnaire on women, 1984
Women’s Resource and Action Center, Iowa City, 1988

   

“Strategic Discrimination? Effects of the Proposed Budget Cuts on Diversity,” 1991
Surveys, 1995
Women’s Coalition, 1993-1994
Women’s Leadership Conference, 1994
Miscellaneous, 1989-1997 and undated

                           
  Committee work            
   

Athletic Merger Review Committee report, 2004-2005
Brochure subcommittee, 1986-1987
Coalition of Organizations Representing Women, 1986
Committee on University Safety and Security

   
     

Campus lighting, 1976-1978, 1989-1990
Task force on Violence in the University

       

General, 1988-1989

       
                           
Box 7                          
       

Violence resources, 1989-2001

       
    Homophobia subcommittee    
   

Ad Hoc committee on associational/affectional preference, 1990
Gay/lesbian campus concerns, 1992-1997
Reports

   
       

The Campus Climate for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Persons, 1993
Executive Summary of the Surveys Conducted by the
ubcommittee on Campus Homophobia and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Concerns
, 1993
Report of the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Student, Staff, and Faculty Survey of 1991, 1992

     
     

University of Iowa task force on diversity materials, 1991

     
   

Salary and wage subcommittee, 1984-1991
Sexism subcommittee, 1977-1978

     
                           
  Parenting concerns/childcare subsidy        
   

Child daycare conference, 1985
Committee work, 1976-1990
Correspondence, 1985-1995 and undated
Family issues charter, 1993-1998
Forums, 1985-1987 and undated
Minutes, 1985-1992
Model infant-toddler daycare program at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 1987
Newspaper clippings, 1990 and undated
Reports

 
     

The current status of childcare in American colleges and universities, 1987
Report to the General Assembly regarding childcare needs at the universities of the state board of regents, submitted in compliance with section 59 of senate file 2312, 1988
Miscellaneous reports, 1986-1990 and undated

   
   

Research files

   
      1985-1986
Study to recommend a model employment policy for employees who are parents of young children, Report to the Iowa General Assembly from the Iowa Merit Employment Department, 1985
   
         
Box 8        
      Lead paint materials, 1991-1992    
   

“Revised recommendations regarding parenting and childcare at the University of Iowa,” 1989
Student senate daycare, 1986
Surveys

   
     

Childcare needs, 1985-1987 and undated
Parental leave policy of comparable universities, 1985
Parenting-related benefits survey, undated

     
   

University of Iowa Student Association Childcare and Student Families Commission, 1991-1995
Miscellaneous, 1990-1993 and undated

   
                           
  Sexual harassment subcommittee          
   

Address to University of Iowa Board of Regents on Sexual Harassment, draft, 1993
Correspondence, 1977-1994 and undated
Jean Jew sexual harassment case

      1989-1990            
                           
Box 9                          
     

Trial transcripts, volumes 1-4, 1989 (4 folders)
Women’s Rights Award

   
       

General, 1992-2000
Correspondence, 1992-2000

     
                           
Box 10                          
       

Nominations

     
         

1993-1997
1998-2001

       
       

Statements of account, 1993-2000
Miscellaneous, 1993-1998

       
   

Newspaper clippings, 1988-1994
Reference files

     
     

1980-1994 and undated
Iowa City Community Schools sexual harassment policy, 1993
University of Iowa sexual harassment policy, 1977-1991
University of Iowa sexual harassment procedures, 1977-1994

 
   

Reports, 1993 and undated

         
                           
Box 11                          
   

Survey

             
     

General, 1992-1993
Results, 1993

       
   

Task force on policy development, 1986
Miscellaneous, undated

     
                           
  Affirmative action subcommittee        
   

Correspondence, 1976-2001
Disability awareness census, 1991-1992
Gender equity study

     
     

General, 1992-1995
Report Cards, 1995-1998

     
   

“Just the Facts” information series, 1996
Meeting notes and minutes, 1986-1991 and undated
Newspaper clippings, 1976; 1987-1995
Opportunity at Iowa, 1987-1990
Professional and Scientific team

     
     

Comparable worth studies

       
       

General, 1984-1992 and undated
Forums, 1990-1991

     
                           
Box 12                          
       

Reports

     
         

Drafts, 1990-1991
Evaluation Review of Comparable Worth Study for the Professional
and Scientific Staff at the University of Iowa
, 1985
Follow-up Report on the Professional and Scientific Employee System: A System Review, 1989-1990 with Final Recommendations, 1992
The Professional and Scientific Employee System: A System Review, 1989-1990 , 1990

       

Research files, 1988-1989
Survey, 1989-1991

     
     

Correspondence, 1988-1992

       
   

Recommendations, 1987
Reports

       
     

Affirmative Action in the College of Education: A collegiate review, 1988
Affirmative Action in the College of Pharmacy: A collegiate review, 1988 (2 folders)
Affirmative Action in the College of Engineering: A collegiate review, 1989-1990
Annual reports, 1987-1988

                           
Box 13                          
     

Report of the Faculty Senate Task Force on Affirmative Action, 1988
Review of the Office of Affirmative Action, 1989
University of Iowa Office of Affirmative Action Annual Report of Complaints and Inquiries, 1991-1994
Workforce reports, 1991-1994 (2 folders)
Research files, 1976-1995 (7 folders)

                           
Box 14                          
      Research files, 1987            
   

Retention of women faculty, 1988-1995 (2 folders)
Selection subcommittee, 1978-1987 (3 folders)
Subcommittee rosters, 1988-1995 and undated
Testimony of Nancy R. Hauserman before the Legislative Higher Education Task Force, 1988

   

 


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