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



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

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


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                          

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


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                          


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                          


        1976-2001 (5 folders)
      Notes, 1976-1977, 1985-1987      
      Advertising and application forms, 1989-1998
Rosters, 1976-2005
        1976-1984 and undated
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


American Council on Education recommendations, undated
Public records law, undated


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


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


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

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


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

Box 9                          

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


General, 1992-2000
Correspondence, 1992-2000

Box 10                          





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                          



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                          



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


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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