Women's Rights

These collections consist of government records, audio and videotapes, and personal papers concerning women's rights, including voting rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, equal employment opportunities for women, and related issues. See also Part 7, Education, for materials related to equal educational and employment opportunities within the Florida education system. Also, series M75-91 in Part 3, Women's Associations, Clubs and Societies, concerns the Equal Rights Amendment.

M82-11 Florida Women's Conference.

Videotape, 1977. 1 videotape.
This collection consists of a videotape of the proceedings in Orlando of the first Florida Women's Conference. The conference celebrated the International Women's Year of 1975. Especially noteworthy is the debate between pro- and anti- Equal Rights Amendment factions.

M82-12 Straight Talk, WLRN-FM.

Audrey Finkelstein Interview with Roxcy Bolton, 1977. 1 audiotape cassette.
This collection consists of an audiotape of an interview with Roxcy Bolton, founder of the Dade County chapter of the National Organization for Women. A leading advocate for women's rights and an organizer of women's groups and services in Florida, Bolton discusses the history of the women's movement in Dade County. For more material on Roxcy Bolton, see series M94-1 below.

M87-39 Francis Arlington (F. Arlie) Rhodes (1908-1988).

Papers, 1950-1980. 3.25 cubic feet
F. Arlie Rhodes was a prominent educator in Florida. This collection contains audiotapes of his lectures on the history of Leon County, including a talk entitled "Florida Women Get the Right to Vote."

M94-1 Roxcy O'Neal Bolton (b. 1926).

Papers, 1960-1994. 6.25 cubic feet
Roxcy O'Neal Bolton is a leading advocate for women's rights in Florida. Included in her many projects was the organization of Florida's chapter of the National Organization for Women; the founding of Women in Distress, a program to assist women in personal crisis; and the development of the Rape Treatment Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. This collection contains her subject files, clippings, correspondence, photographs, and videotapes. It documents Bolton's fight for the Equal Rights Amendment, the above-mentioned projects, her work in the struggle for women's rights, and her local and national recognition for this work. For more material on Roxcy Bolton, see series M82-11 above.

S 79 Commission on the Status of Women.

Records, 1974-1984. 18.00 cubic feet
The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is charged with investigating issues affecting women such as women's rights, equal opportunity employment and affirmative action. The series consists of subject files, reference files, audio and videotapes, meeting files, correspondence, and publications.

S 382 Commission on Human Relations.

Records, 1969-1976, 1.00 cubic feet
The Florida Commission on Human Relations promotes fair treatment and equal opportunity for all persons in Florida and seeks resolution of claims of discriminatory treatment, including sexual discrimination. This series consists of program proposals, meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, press releases, and other materials documenting the Commission's position on and activities in civil rights matters, including affirmative action, equal opportunity employment, and job discrimination.

S 419 State Defense Council.

Subject Files, 1940-1946. 31.00 cubic feet
The goal of this World War II era council was total defense preparedness for Florida. The Defense Council was involved in the war effort in areas such as material resources, labor, civil protection, education, and morale. The series includes correspondence, scrapbooks, reports, and publications that document the military service and civilian defense activities of Florida women.

S 428 Division of Employment Security.

Equal Employment Opportunity Office Administrative Files, 1965-1976. 6.00 cubic feet
This series documents the administration of equal employment opportunity policies and programs and the investigation of reports of job discrimination in Florida. Documents include correspondence, reports, reference materials, and program data.

S 506 State Defense Council.

Minutes, 1941-1945. .25 cubic feet
This series consists of the minutes of Defense Council meetings. The minutes document the role of numerous women as leaders on the Council as well as the military service and civilian defense activities of Florida women.

S 1205 State Defense Council.

Posters, 1942-1944. 100 items.
Among the posters contained in this series are many regarding women and the war effort. These include military recruitment posters targeting women and posters outlining other opportunities for women to contribute to the war effort on the home front.