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Creator:Mobilization for Survival: Feminist Task Force.
Title: Mobilization for Survival: Feminist Task Force records
Dates:1985-1987
Call Number:M140
Location:73/1
Volume:0.15 cubic feet (one box)
Historical Abstract: In 1977, a group of activists formed the Boston chapter of Mobilization for Survival, an organization dedicated to nuclear disarmament and peace. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mobilization for Survival rallied against a variety of anti-military and anti-nuclear causes such as the American presence in Central America and nuclear proliferation. In 1985, a group of feminists in the Boston chapter met to create a Feminist Task Force within the organization to address women's issues within the anti-militarist and anti-nuclear movements, as well as bring the those issues into feminist organizations in Boston. The Task Force met monthly and sponsored forums ranging from the history of women in the peace movement to challenges facing women in Central America. The Task Force also mobilized against the Massachusetts Human Services ban on gay and lesbian families fostering children in 1985, culminating in a massive rally in May of that year. The group continued to meet until 1987.

Scope and Content Abstract:

This collection features the history and minutes of the Boston Mobilization for Survival's Feminist Task Force. It also contains member lists and contact information. Other highlights of this collection include flyers and a press release of activities and forums sponsored between 1985 and 1987 outlining the Task Force's priorities and ideology. This collection also provides some insight into the political debates of the Boston Mobilization for Survival with copies of its organizational evaluation, compiled by its evaluation task force in 1985 and coordinating committee materials from the same period. This collection contextualizes the organization of the Feminist Task Force and the politics of the Boston chapter of Mobilization for Survival. Though the collection is small in size and limited in scope, these papers capture the energy invested by Task Force members and the causes they supported during the mid-1980s.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Feminist Task Force
  • Mobilization for Survival

  • Women -- Societies and clubs
  • Women's rights -- Massachusetts
  • Feminism -- Boston -- Massachusetts
  • Gay activists -- Massachusetts
  • Gay rights -- Massachusetts
  • Gays -- legal status, laws, etc. -- Massachusetts
  • Lesbian activists -- Massachusetts
  • Pro-choice movement -- Massachusetts
  • Women political activists -- Central America

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Related Materials:

The Women's Educational Center (Cambridge, Mass) (M47), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Alliance of Massachusetts (M91), Kelley Ready Papers (M88), Boston Area Feminist Coalition (M121)

Processor: Finding aid prepared by Cynthia Rufo, 2007 Oct 26.