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Radical Women Seattle Office records, 1991-1997
- Radical Women. Seattle Office
- Radical Women Seattle Office records
- 1991-1997 (inclusive)19911997
- 0.37 cubic feet (1 box)
- Collection Number
- 6292 (Accession No. 6292-001)
- Records of the Seattle office of Radical Women, a socialist, feminist worker's organization based in Seattle, Washington. The records were collected and maintained by Clara Fraser, the co-founder and officer of Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
- Access Restrictions
No restrictions on access.
- Full processing supported by the Labor Archives Fund and the Labor Archives of Washington State Budget
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Radical Women (RW) is an all women organization dedicated to "exposing, resisting and eliminating the inequities of women's existence by providing women the leadership skills, social history, and working-class consciousness that they were denied in the male-dominated antiwar, antipoverty and civil-rights movements." RW was founded in Seattle in 1967 when the Freedom Socialist Party co-founder Clara Fraser and her close colleague, Gloria Martin, joined with young women from Students for a Democratic Society to build women’s leadership in the left and anti-war movements. RW also sought to become the socialist wing of the feminist movement. In 1973, it formally affiliated with the Freedom Socialist Party, and the party gained a sister organization. Other founding members include Melba Windoffer and Susan Stern.
RW was active in anti-Vietnam War protests, labor issues, gay rights, women’s rights in the workplace, divorce reform, and other issues that affect oppressed peoples. They are an organization that does intersectional organizing against racism, sexism, homophobia, and labor exploitation. RW's political analysis sees women's leadership and political action as decisive to social change and trains women to lead in these campaigns.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Records of the Seattle office of the socialist feminist worker's organization, the Radical Women Seattle office records (1991-1997) primarily contains memos, correspondence, articles, newspaper clippings, fliers, event programs, notes, edited drafts, and newsletters. The content of the materials are mostly concerning the organization’s planned events that are centered on social activism, intersectional feminism, and providing a platform for speakers. These records were collected and created by Clara Fraser, who was a co-founder and officer of Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party. Fraser collected, created, and maintained these records as part of her work for the organization.
Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top
Forms part of the Labor Archives of Washington.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, Radical Women Seattle Office records, 6292-001, Box number, folder number
Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Collection is described at the folder level and arranged in its original order as received.
Donated by Helen Gilbert, who was custodian of Clara Fraser's RW records.
Processed by Labor Archives of Washington Curatorial Assistant, Chelsea Davies.
The collection was rehoused and inventoried and minor preservation issues addressed during processing. The existing arrangement was sound, so no further intellectual or physical arrangement was imposed upon the collection
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1/2||Seattle Radical Women 1992||1992|
|1/3||Seattle Radical Women 1993||1993|
|1/4||Seattle Radical Women 1994||1994|
|1/5||Seattle Radical Women 1995||1995|
|1/6||Seattle Radical Women 1996||1996|
|1/7||Seattle Radical Women 1997||1997|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
- Labor Archives of Washington (University of Washington) (host institution)