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Women's Environment and Development Organization records, 1980-2006 2013-2018, bulk 1994-1998

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Abstract

The records of the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) document its political advocacy for women's equality in formulating global policy, and highlights founders New York State Representative, Bella Abzug (1920-1988) and feminist activist, Miriam "Mim" Kelber (1922-2004).

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1430
Bib ID 5685941 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Women's Environment & Development Organization
Title Women's Environment and Development Organization records, 1980-2006 2013-2018, bulk 1994-1998
Physical Description 17.75 linear feet (39 document boxes; 1 record carton; 1 oversized folder)
Language(s) English , French , German .
Access

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This collection has no restrictions except for one folder. This folder is located in Box 12, Folder 5 and is restricted until 2035.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 7 series. The files are arranged in alphabetical order.

Description

Summary

The records of the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) document its political advocacy for women's equality in formulating global policy, and highlights founders New York State Representative, Bella Abzug (1920-1988) and feminist activist, Miriam "Mim" Kelber (1922-2004).

  • Series I: Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), 1980-2006, undated, bulk 1994-1998

    Series I primarily contains WEDO organizational records and is divided into five subseries. The series holds administrative files of WEDO and its predecessor, the Women USA Fund, Inc., Board of Directors minutes and correspondence, subject files, and numerous materials including correspondence, reports, and brochures gathered from conferences attended by WEDO, campaigns organized by others in which WEDO contributed, and other organizations with which WEDO collaborated in some fashion.

  • Series II: Women's Foreign Policy Council, 1985-1990

    The Women's Foreign Policy Council series includes a copy of the original Council proposal, some correspondence, materials on two conferences attended by the Council, an environmental fact sheet developed by the Council, and a copy of the 1987 Women's Foreign Policy Council Directory.

  • Series III: United Nations, 1972-2000, bulk 1994-1996

    Series III: United Nations is divided into three subseries. The series focuses largely on WEDO's (and to a smaller extent, Women USA Fund and the Foreign Policy Council's) work with and at the United Nations in developing policy, WEDO attendance at major conferences sponsored by UN offices, and tracking subjects of interest regarding the UN including its reform and operation. In addition, there is extensive documentation on the United Nation's monumental World Women's Conference held in Beijing, China, attended by Abzug, Kelber, and several WEDO members, in 1994.

  • Series IV: Abzug, Bella, 1984-2000, bulk 1992-1998

    The WEDO records contained files pertaining directly to Bella Abzug throughout the collection. These materials were pulled together in order to form a comprehensive series of documentation related to Abzug, particularly her death in 1998 including condolence correspondence and Abzug anecdotes (sent to WEDO and Kelber), memorial service arrangements and the establishment of a memorial fund and leadership award in her name. Articles and speeches written by Abzug herself or by Kelber for Abzug, were placed in this series. Also included is a transcript of the 1999 Lifetime Television documentary on Abzug entitled, Intimate Portraits--Bella Abzug and the unpublished manuscript and research of a children's book (1984) on Abzug written by Beatrice Siegel.

  • Series V: Publications and Printed Matter, 1974-2000, bulk 1994-1998

    The collection contained a variety of pamphlets and brochures, newsletters, journals, magazines and newspaper clippings produced both by WEDO and other organizations. The great majority of these materials have been pulled together in Series V, which is divided into three subseries: V.1: WEDO, Women USA Fund, Inc. and the Women's Foreign Policy Council; V.2: Other organizations by subject and V.3: Oversized Printed Matter. Some printed materials were kept in their original locations. The materials contained here were either filed on their own accord or sprinkled throughout the collection. They are filed together for easier retrieval and organization.

  • Series VI: Audio Visual Material, 1991-2005

    Audio visual materials include VHS tapes and DVDs of WEDO public relations reels, Bella Abzug memorials, and interviews conducted by Lee Grant of Mim Kelber for Intimate Portraits-- Bella Abzug. Audio materials include two microcassettes of interviews conducted by Libby Bassett in 2000 for a history of WEDO. Rounding out this series are speeches by Harry Kelber, the husband of Mim Kelber and noted AFL-CIO leader, produced by the AFL-CIO in honor of his union leadership and service.

  • Series VII: Archived Web Site, 2013-present

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions except for one folder. This folder is located in Box 12, Folder 5 and is restricted until 2035.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Women's Environment and Development Organization records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Other Finding Aids: Bella S. Abzug, 1920- Papers, 1970-1976

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed mmb 5/2/1999.

This collection was processed by Tanya Elder and Lea Osborne.

Finding aid written by Tanya Elder in December 2007.

Finding aid updated by Lea Osborne in February 2008.

Collection is processed to folder level.

Revision Description

2008-11-07 File created.

2009-01-13 xml document instange created by Patrick Lawlor

2009-06-10 xml document instange created by Catherine N. Carson

2017-03-30 Archived Website series added by Jane Gorjevsky

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subject

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"CUL Collections:"
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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Abzug, Bella S., 1920-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Earth Summit Watch (Organization) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kelber, Mim Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maathai, Wangari Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Siegel, Beatrice Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sustainable development Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Location of meeting: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Date of meeting or treaty signing: (1992 :.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women USA Fund, Inc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women in sustainable development Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women's Environment & Development Organization Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women's Foreign Policy Council (U.S.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World Conference on Women (4th ) (Location of meeting: Beijing, China). Date of meeting or treaty signing: 1995 :.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the United Nations Decade for Women (Location of meeting: Nairobi, Kenya). Date of meeting or treaty signing: (1985 :.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World Women's Congress for a Healthy Planet Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), is a non-governmental organization (NGO) founded by former New York State Representative Bella Abzug (1920-1988) and Miriam "Mim" Kelber (1922-2004), among others. Its goal is to advocate for women's equality in global policy.

Abzug and Kelber were high school friends and classmates at Hunter College in New York City. Both were feminists and activists from their early years. Kelber was the New York news editor for the labor-syndicated Federated Press from 1943-1955 while Abzug, after graduating from Columbia University Law School in 1947, became one of a few privately practicing female lawyers. Abzug and Kelber (among others), co-founded the "Women Strike for Peace" campaign, one of the first groups of the 1960s to protest the Vietnam War.

When Bella Abzug was elected to the New York State House of Representatives in 1971, Kelber became her executive assistant and speech writer until Abzug left office in 1978. Kelber also chaired the National Women's Political Caucus media committee. President Jimmy Carter appointed Abzug to the chair of his National Advisory Committee for Women, and Kelber served as its policy consultant and writer. When Carter fired Abzug as head of the advisory committee in 1979 after it actively criticized Carter for budget cuts, both women left the administration. Together they went on to establish the organization that would eventually become WEDO: the Women USA Fund., Inc.

Women USA Fund was incorporated in 1980 as an action and information network for the "woman who wants to help win equality and justice for all women." The Fund established a 24-hour hotline for action alerts, lobbied for women's representation in Washington, DC government, and sponsored and organized educational forums, symposiums, and conferences. In 1985, the Women USA Fund developed a proposal (written by Kelber) to establish the non-partisan Women's Foreign Policy Council. According to the original proposal, the Council aimed to enhance the visibility of women in public debate formulation and the conduct of American foreign policy on a variety of issues; encourage the opening of national and international political roles for women as foreign policy leaders; and to serve as a "Women's 'Shadow' State Department" in order to propose alternative, peace-oriented policies and analyses of constructive solutions to world problems. A major goal of this fledgling organization was to develop and write the first-ever comprehensive directory of women foreign policy specialists and organizations working in the realm of International Affairs. Abzug served as the policy chair of the directory and the group, while Kelber served as its Editorial Director (a position that she would later assume at WEDO as well). "The Women's Foreign Policy Council Directory" was published in 1987 and included a picture, areas of expertise, recent professional experience, professional appointments and memberships, and contact information. Additional listings included contacts for female members of the U.S. Congress, foreign heads of state, organizations working on war and peace issues, United Nations and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) leaders and other contacts. The Council also established an aggressive public relations campaign and aimed to sponsor public debates on major issues with both male and female participants.

The Women's USA Fund began planning a major conference in 1990 under the title, the "World Women's Congress on a Healthy Planet." The project was launched under the name of the "Women's Environment and Development Organization" or "WE-DO." The Congress was held in Miami, Fl. in 1991 and prepared the way for women's involvement at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED Earth Summit, 1992, Rio de Janeiro) by producing a Women's Action Agenda 21 to help shape the dialogue of the UNCED from a woman's perspective. While closely related to the United Nations' own "21st century agenda" known as Agenda 21 (a sprawling, 900-page all-encompassing action document) produced at the Rio summit, WEDO's Women's Action Agenda 21 provided a uniquely woman-centric perspective regarding the environment, poverty, war, and disease. The Miami Congress itself became known as a major event in women's international organizing history and established a strong network of women working on environmental and development issues.

In 1994, the Fund published "Women and Government: New Ways to Political Power" edited by Kelber. This work, sponsored by the Stanley Foundation, was a survey of six European countries analyzing the success of their women's movements and the advancement of women in their governments, and how these successes could be applied to American politics. On January 27, 1995, Women USA Fund, Inc., officially changed its name to the Women's Environment and Development Organization.

WEDO's mission was similar to the Women USA Fund, Inc., in that WEDO would serve as an organ to disseminate general information to the public, though WEDO established a broader mission to encourage academics and other communities to research and write on women's policy issues, provide technical assistant and training to empower women and develop leadership skills, and like the Women USA Fund, to sponsor conferences and symposiums. Beginning in 1991, WEDO organizers served on the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women, in preparation for the UN's Fourth Woman's Conference (1995), held in Beijing, China. WEDO worked after the conference to disseminate conference information, track government and UN commitments, hone the language of the Conference's "Platform for Action" lobby politicians, and attend follow-up sessions (Beijing +5, 2000). In 1996, WEDO developed the "Contract with Women of the USA" campaign as a counter to Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America." The WEDO Contract adopted key elements of the Beijing Platform for Action and applied them to American women as a feminist response to the Republican Contract.

After Abzug's death in 1998, WEDO helped to establish a memorial fund in her name, the Abzug Leadership Award. Kelber left her position as editorial director at WEDO the same year and continued to work with WEDO as a non-staff member. Mim Kelber died in 2004 and was survived by her husband, AFL-CIO leader, Harry Kelber, and daughters Karli and Laura.

The organization has consistently been involved with world politicians, activists, feminists, and other notable and "ordinary" women who have helped with WEDO projects or served on the Board of Directors. Prime among these women is Wangari Maathai, a WEDO board member and co-founder, who was the first president of the African Union (2005) and Nobel Prize (2004) recipient "for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace." WEDO continues its work on behalf of women in the memories of Bella Abzug and Mim Kelber.

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Series I: Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), 1980-2006, undated, bulk 1994-1998

Series I primarily contains WEDO organizational records and is divided into five subseries. The series holds administrative files of WEDO and its predecessor, the Women USA Fund, Inc., Board of Directors minutes and correspondence, subject files, and numerous materials including correspondence, reports, and brochures gathered from conferences attended by WEDO, campaigns organized by others in which WEDO contributed, and other organizations with which WEDO collaborated in some fashion.


Subseries I.1: Administrative Files, 1983-2000

The administrative files of WEDO are arranged in alphabetical order. Though primarily administrative files, the subseries also contains several of Mim Kelbers' notebooks and articles written by her on behalf of WEDO. Outlines, notes, and interviews on WEDO history may also be in this series (two microcassettes of these interviews may be found in Subseries V.1) as well as correspondence with and on behalf of Wangari Maathai's 1998 run for the presidency of Kenya. The correspondence is primarily from her daughter, Wanjira, but does contain letters from Wangari Maathai herself.



Box 1 Folder 1 General, 1990s


Box 1 Folder 2 General--Notebooks, undated


Box 1 Folder 3 Action Plans, undated, 1992-1993


Box 1 Folder 4 Annual Reports, 1995-1997



Box 38 Folder 1 Annual Reports



Box 1 Folder 5 Audit Correspondence, 1996


Box 1 Folder 6-7 Breast Cancer, 1994



Box 2 Folder 1 Breast Cancer, 1994


Box 2 Folder 2 Boutros-Ghali, Boutros--Correspondence and Speech, 1994


Box 2 Folder 3 Budget, 1996


Box 2 Folder 4 Budget Projections, post-Beijing, 1996-1997


Box 2 Folder 5 Case Studies, 1999


Box 2 Folder 6-7 Clinton Administration Women's Programs and Commitments, 1990s


Box 2 Folder 8 Computer Committee, 2000 September 25


Contract with Women of the USA


Box 2 Folder 9 General, undated, 1996-1997



Box 3 Folder 1-3 General, undated, 1996-1997


Box 3 Folder 4 Brooklyn Women's Coalition, 1997


Box 3 Folder 5 Fundraising, 1996-1999


Box 3 Folder 6 Houston Anniversary, 1997


Box 3 Folder 7 National Action Agenda for Women Teleconference, Brooklyn, NY,, 1996 September 28


Box 3 Folder 8 Schneider, Karen, Media Correspondence, undated, 1996



Box 4 Folder 1 Welfare, 1996


Box 4 Folder 2 Wolfe, Leslie Budget Correspondence, 1996


Box 4 Folder 3-5 Correspondence and Memos, undated, 1994-2000


Box 4 Folder 6 Davis, Susan, "WEDO and the Public Advocacy Agenda in Creating Sustainable Human Development,"St. John's Law Review, v. 69:351, 1995 November


Elections


Box 4 Folder 7 1992


Box 4 Folder 8 2000


Box 4 Folder 9 Engendering Local Agenda 21 Workshop Report, 2000 July


Events


Box 4 Folder 10 General, 1995, 1998, 1999, 1995, 1998, 1999


Box 4 Folder 11 Correspondence and Invitations--Susan Davis, 1996



Box 5 Folder 1-2 Correspondence, Flyers and Memos, 1998


Box 5 Folder 3 Attended by WEDO Personnel, 1997


Box 5 Folder 4 Not Attended by WEDO Personnel, 1997


Box 5 Folder 5 Financial Statements,1995-1998


Box 5 Folder 6 Foundation Correspondence--A-Z, 1987-1997



Box 6 Folder 1 Foundation Correspondence--A-Z, 1987-1997


Box 6 Folder 2 Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung Foundation, 1991-1997


Box 6 Folder 3-4 Funding File, undated, 1991-1996


Box 6 Folder 5-6 Funding Proposals, 1991-1993


Grants and Grant Reports



Box 7 Folder 1 1993-1995


Box 7 Folder 2-3 1996-2000


Habitat II in Istanbul


Box 7 Folder 4 Huairou Commission Follow-up, 1996-1997


Box 7 Folder 5 Report and Issues Paper, 1996


History of WEDO


Box 7 Folder 6 Background Material, undated, 1983-1991


Box 7 Folder 7 Interviews, undated, 2000



Box 38 Folder 2 Integrated Advocacy and Monitoring Program, 1998



Box 7 Folder 8 Kelber, Mim--Articles


"Daughters of Mother Earth, The," New Directions for Women, 1989 July/August, 1989


"For Women of the world, the time has come to break forth toward power," Perspectives, Earth Times, 1993 June 30


Letter to Mark Shields Washington Post, undated


"'Old Boys' Network Still Alive and Well at the United Nations," Der Uberblick, undated


"Women: Just Another 'Special' Interest Group?," unknown publication,, undated


"Women's Environment and Development Organization," Institutions, Environment Newsletter, 1994 October



Box 8 Folder 1 Kelber, Mim and Bella Abzug Color Photograph Photocopies, undated


Box 8 Folder 2 Latin America Project Proposal, 1994


Box 8 Folder 3 "Lighting the Path to Progress"--Commission on Sustainable Development WEDO Report,, undated


Box 8 Folder 4 Maathai, Wangari and Wanjira--Correspondence, Memos and Articles,, 1997-1998


McArthur Foundation Grant


Box 8 Folder 5 1992


Box 8 Folder 6 1993-1994


Box 8 Folder 7 1996-1998


Box 8 Folder 8 Media Correspondence, 1992-1995


Box 8 Folder 9 Media Plan, 1995


Box 8 Folder 10 Neier, Yvette--Red Rose Collection Correspondence, undated, 1994


Box 8 Folder 11 Research Papers and Requests, 1997


Box 8 Folder 12 Retreat, 1995 November


Box 8 Folder 13 "Special Global Reflection: Charting Strategic Directions for the 21st Century" Conference,, 1998 June 20-22


Box 8 Folder 14 Speech Material, undated, 1980s-1990


Box 8 Folder 15 Staff Meeting, June 6, 1997



Box 9 Folder 1 State Organizing--Other Active States, 1996-1997


Target State Organizing Correspondence and Organizers Lists


Box 9 Folder 2 General, undated, 1996


Box 9 Folder 3 California, 1996-1997


Box 9 Folder 4 Florida and Illinois, 1996-1997


Box 9 Folder 5 Iowa, Kansas, Maine, and Maryland, 1995-1997


Box 9 Folder 6 Massachusetts, Michigan, and Minnesota, 1996-1997


Box 9 Folder 7 New York, 1996-1997


Box 9 Folder 8 North Carolina, 1996-1997



Box 10 Folder 1 Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, 1996-1997


Box 10 Folder 2 Texas and Utah, 1996-1997


Box 10 Folder 3 Tax Burden Analysts Report and Correspondence, 1996-1997


Box 10 Folder 4 Transnational Corporations (TNC) Primer, 1995


Box 10 Folder 5 Whistle-stop Campaign to Washington/Torch Relay Project, 1998


Box 10 Folder 6 Women's Global Strategies Meeting--Glen Cove, NY, 1994


Box 10 Folder 7 Women in Decision-Making Experts List and Proposal, 1993-1994


Box 10 Folder 8 Women's History Month, 1997


Box 10 Folder 9 Women's International Advocacy Program Funding Proposal, 1994


Box 10 Folder 10 Zill, Anne--Correspondence and Memos, 1995-1996



Box 11 Folder 1-2 Zill, Anne--Correspondence and Memos, 1995-1996


Subseries I.2: Board of Directors, 1994-2000

This subseries includes Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Steering Committee minutes, agendas, correspondence and memos pertaining to the governance and activities of WEDO.


Box 11 Folder 3 General, undated, 1996



Box 38 Folder 3 Board Meetings, 1990-1996


Box 38 Folder 4 Board Reports and Calendars, 1993



Box 11 Folder 4 Correspondence and Memos, 1998-1999


Directors Meeting


Box 11 Folder 5 1994 November 28


Box 11 Folder 6 1995 November 1


Box 11 Folder 7 1996 January 12-14


Box 11 Folder 8 1997 April 20-21


Box 11 Folder 9 2000 March 11


Box 11 Folder 10 Directors and International Steering Committee Meeting, 1996 January 12-14


Executive Committee Meeting


Box 11 Folder 11 1996 September 29



Box 12 Folder 1 1996 November 23-24


Box 12 Folder 2 1999 October 8


Box 12 Folder 3 2000 February 4-5, 2000 February


Box 12 Folder 4 2000 September 7-8, 2000 September


Box 12 Folder 5 Post-Board Meeting, Addenda, 1999

[Restricted until 2035]


Steering Committee Meeting


Box 12 Folder 6 1992 October 19


Box 12 Folder 7 1993 May 6-7, 1993 May


Box 12 Folder 8 1994 November 28


Subseries I.3: Women USA Fund, Inc., 1984-1994

Women USA Fund, Inc., as a subseries, overlaps slightly with the records of WEDO. Primarily the materials pertain to the early years of WEDO in regards to funding proposals, financial statements, the Fund's work with the Democratic National Committee in 1984, and the development of an environmental-themed t-shirt design that incorporated the autographs of famous female personalities. In 1990, Women USA Fund, Inc., began planning for their World Women's Congress for a Healthy Planet symposium. The Fund established WEDO as the project arm of the Women's Congress. As such, files regarding the Women's Congress are located in this subseries. Official incorporation change to WEDO did not occur until 1995, though the greater majority of WEDO records prior to 1995 are located in Subseries I.1.



Box 38 Folder 5 By-Law Change, 1993-1994



Box 12 Folder 9 Democratic National Committee, 1984


Box 12 Folder 10 Family of Earth Pledge of Allegiance Copyright and Trademark, 1989-1990



Box 38 Folder 6 Financial Report, 1992



Box 12 Folder 11 Financial Statements, 1990-1994


Box 12 Folder 12 Funding File, 1980s


Box 12 Folder 13 Opinion Survey, undated



Box 13 Folder 1 Original Congress Proposals, undated, 1991-1992


Box 13 Folder 2 Women in the Environment T-Shirt, circa, 1990


Box 13 Folder 3 Women's Telethon Proposal, 1991


World Women's Congress for a Healthy Planet, Miami, FL


Box 13 Folder 4-6 General, 1989-2001


Box 13 Folder 7 Finances, 1991-1992


Box 13 Folder 8 Testimonies and The Nation Abstracts,, 1995


Box 13 Folder 9 Transcripts, 1995



Box 14 Folder 1 Proposals, 1991-1992


Subseries I.4: Subjects, 1980-1994

This subseries contains material that was collected on specific subjects of interest to both Mim Kelber and/or the WEDO organization. Subjects include women in national politics; economic and environmental issues; the Balkans/Kosovo conflict of 1999; Africa; abortion and reproductive rights; gender balance, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


Box 14 Folder 2 Abortion, Population, and Reproductive Rights, undated, 1985-1995


Box 14 Folder 3 Africa, undated, 1998


Box 14 Folder 4 Balkans/Kosovo Crisis, 1999


Box 14 Folder 5 Gender Balance, Issues and Justice, 1995-1996


Box 14 Folder 6 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 1997


Box 14 Folder 7-8 Project Vote/Election 1980, 1980, 1980, 1980


Box 14 Folder 9 Religious Right, undated


United States



Box 15 Folder 1 Women in the Federal Government, 1996


Box 15 Folder 2-3 Women's Vote and Electoral Reform, 1994-1997


Box 15 Folder 4 Women and Economic Issues, 1996


Box 15 Folder 5 Women and Global Energy and Environment Issues, undated, 1993-1994


Subseries I.5: Conferences, Campaigns and Organizations, 1990-2000

WEDO attended numerous conferences, helped coordinate multiple campaigns, and interacted with many non-United Nations and non-governmental organizations to achieve their goals of engendering issues on International and National platforms. The records contained in this subseries document their work with or attendance at, a wide variety of events and work with these organizations. The materials do not regard WEDO's work with United Nations-sponsored meetings such as the Earth Summit and Agenda 21, the Beijing Conference and its Platform for Action, nor Rio +5 or Beijing+5, though some materials contain references to these United Nations forums. For materials on these conferences, please see Subseries III.1: United Nations Conferences, Campaigns, and Organizations.



Box 38 Folder 7 General Printed Material, 1998-2002


"50/50 by 2005 Women in Government; Get the Balance Right!", 2005


Box 38 Folder 6-7 General, undated, 1990-2000



Box 16 Folder 1 George Dean, Executive Director, 1990-1992



Box 38 Folder 8 Printed Material, 2000-2001



Box 16 Folder 2 180 Days/180 Ways Women's Action Campaign, 1995


Action for a Common Future (Bergen Conference)


Box 16 Folder 3-4 General, 1990


Box 16 Folder 5-6 Addresses and Statements, 1990


Box 16 Folder 7 Canada Caribbean Gender Equity Fund Proposal, 1998


Box 16 Folder 8 Centre for Our Common Future, 1990



Box 17 Folder 1-2 Council of Presidents/White House Interagency Council on Women,, 1996


Box 17 Folder 3 Earth Summit Interviews and Resources, undated, 2000


Box 17 Folder 4 Expo 2000 Hanover, Germany, 1998, 2000, 1998


Box 17 Folder 5 Fawcett Society, 1997


Box 17 Folder 6 Feminist Majority Expo (Washington, DC), February 2-4, 1996


Box 17 Folder 7 Forum Internazionale, "Le donne nell'economia globale: Opportunità, Innovazione, Democrazia Economica,", 1997 October


Box 17 Folder 8 "Gender Justice: Women's Rights Are Human Rights,", 1996



Box 18 Folder 1 International Development Conference, 1997 January 13-15


Box 18 Folder 2 International Forum on Globalization, 1995


Box 18 Folder 3 International Women's Day, 1997


Box 18 Folder 4 International Women's Year--"U.S. Participation in International Women's Year," 1972-1977" Background Paper,, 1994


Box 18 Folder 5 Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference, Canberra, Australia, 1993


Box 18 Folder 6 Inter-Parliamentarian Symposium. . ., 1989


Box 18 Folder 7 Jewish Women's Coalition, 1996-1997


Box 18 Folder 8 Micro Credit Summit, 1998


Box 18 Folder 9 Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), undated, 1998


Box 18 Folder 10 National Commission on Women Ad-Hoc Committee, 1995-1997


Box 18 Folder 11 National Research Council on Women, undated, 1997-1999


National Women's Conference 20th Anniversary


Box 18 Folder 12-13 Committee and Organizing Group, 1977-1998



Box 19 Folder 1-2 Meeting, 1997


Box 19 Folder 3 National Women's Conference Committee--Midcourse Corrections and New Beginnings,, 1993


Box 19 Folder 4 National Working Women's Summit, 1997


Box 19 Folder 5 Network Women in Development Europe (WIDE), 1996-1997


Box 19 Folder 6 Pacific Institute Health Plus Teleconference, 1996


Box 19 Folder 7 S8 Mobilization: The People's Summit, 2000 September 6-8, 2000 September



Box 38 Folder 9 "A Small World After All,", 2001



Box 19 Folder 8 Social Watch, 1995-1997


Box 19 Folder 9 United States Department of Labor, 1992-1997



Box 20 Folder 1 United States National Action Agenda Draft, 1996-1997


Box 20 Folder 2 "Women and Global Action,", 1997 March



Box 38 Folder 10 "Weaving a Better Future,", 1995-1996


Box 38 Folder 11 WEDO Primer, 1995


Box 38 Folder 12 "Women Challenging Globalization,", 2002 March 18-20



Box 20 Folder 3 Women Food Farmers Luncheon, 2000



Box 38 Folder 13 "Women's Action Agenda. . . ," [199-]



Box 20 Folder 4 Women's International Policy Action Committee, 1991-1998


Box 20 Folder 5 Women's Voices: A Joint Project Ms. Foundation for Women/Center for Policy Alternatives,, 1992


Box 20 Folder 6 World Conference on Breast Cancer, July 13-17, 1997


World Trade Organization (WTO)


Box 20 Folder 7 1996-1997


Box 20 Folder 8-9 1998


Box 20 Folder 10 World Women Parliamentarians for Peace, undated, 1987-1988

Series II: Women's Foreign Policy Council, 1985-1990

The Women's Foreign Policy Council series includes a copy of the original Council proposal, some correspondence, materials on two conferences attended by the Council, an environmental fact sheet developed by the Council, and a copy of the 1987 Women's Foreign Policy Council Directory.



Box 21 Folder 1 General, undated, 1988-1991


Box 21 Folder 2 Disarmament and Daycare--Soviet-American Women's Summit, 1990


Box 21 Folder 3 International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, 1990


Box 21 Folder 4 Proposal, 1985-1986


Box 21 Folder 5 Skaggs Foundation Correspondence and Proposals, 1985-1990


Box 21 Folder 6 Women and the Environmental Crisis Fact Sheet, undated


Box 21 Folder 7 Women's Foreign Policy Council Directory, 1987

Series III: United Nations, 1972-2000, bulk 1994-1996

Series III: United Nations is divided into three subseries. The series focuses largely on WEDO's (and to a smaller extent, Women USA Fund and the Foreign Policy Council's) work with and at the United Nations in developing policy, WEDO attendance at major conferences sponsored by UN offices, and tracking subjects of interest regarding the UN including its reform and operation. In addition, there is extensive documentation on the United Nation's monumental World Women's Conference held in Beijing, China, attended by Abzug, Kelber, and several WEDO members, in 1994.


Subseries III.1: Conferences, Campaigns and Organizations, 1979-2000, bulk 1994-1996

This subseries documents WEDO's work with various United Nations offices including the Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), the Development Programme (UNDP), General Assembly Special Assemblies (UNGASS), and the Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) including conference materials, correspondence, reports, and memos generated by the UN, WEDO, and various NGOs. Of note are materials regarding the Earth Summit Agenda 21 held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and its follow-up session, Rio +5, as well as follow-up to the International Conference on Population and Development (UNICPD) conference held in Cairo in 1994, and the Beijing Women's Conference (Beijing +5). Some materials and correspondence on the World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the United Nations Decade for Women, held in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985 are also included.


Box 21 Folder 8 General, 1989-2000


Box 21 Folder 9 Children's Fund Non-Government Organization Consultation, 1995


Box 21 Folder 10 Commission on Sustainable Development, 1995-2000



Box 22 Folder 1-2 Conference on Environment and Development, undated, 1992


Box 22 Folder 3 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, 1979-1980, 1993-1997, 1979-1980, 1993-1997


Development Fund for Women


Box 22 Folder 4 General, 2000


Box 22 Folder 5 International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women Merger,, 1994


Box 22 Folder 5-6 Development Program, 1996-2000


General Assembly Special Session


Box 22 Folder 7 Rio +5, 1997



Box 23 Folder 1 Rio +5, 1997


Box 23 Folder 2-3 Beijing +5, 2000 June 5-9, 2000 June


Box 23 Folder 4 Global Policy Forum on United Nations Reform Conference, 1994, 1997, 1994, 1997


Box 23 Folder 5-6 International Conference on Population and Development and Implementing Policy After Cairo Forums,, 1994-1996


Box 23 Folder 7 International Conference on Population and Development, undated,, 1997-1999


Box 23 Folder 8 International Women's Day Forum, 1994


Non-Governmental Organizations


Box 23 Folder 9 Advisory Committee to the Fund for Population Activities, 1996


Box 23 Folder 10 Committee on Disarmament, 1996



Box 24 Folder 1 Task Force Group for a National Women's Organizing Body, 1996


Box 24 Folder 2 Research Institute for Social Development, 1997


Box 24 Folder 3 "United Nations and Civil Society,", 1995 October 12


Box 24 Folder 4 "We the People. . .: The Role of Civil Society in the History and Future of the United Nations" Conference,, 1995


Box 24 Folder 5 World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the United Nations Decade for Women,, 1985


Box 24 Folder 6 World in Need of Leadership: Tomorrow's United Nations, A Fresh Appraisal, Brian Urquhart and Erskine Childers,, 1996


Box 24 Folder 7 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), 1994


Subseries III.2: World Women's Conference--Beijing, China, 1989-2000, bulk 1994-1996

While Subseries III.1 contains some materials on the Beijing Conference and its follow-up, Beijing +5, Subseries III.2 holds the greater majority of correspondence, planning documents, memos, reports, and follow-up materials regarding the UN's 4th conference on women. This series contains items regarding preparation for the conference, WEDO committee work, Platform for Action formulation and proposed re-writes, addresses and statements, and WEDO's work after the conference in order to promote the implementation of the Platform for Action.


Box 24 Folder 8-10 General, 1995



Box 25 Folder 2 Addresses and Statements, 1995


Box 25 Folder 3-6 Before and After, 1995-2000


Box 25 Folder 7 Commission on the Status of Women Preparatory Committee, 1991-1994


Box 25 Folder 8 Credentialing, 1995-1996



Box 26 Folder 1 Davis, Susan--After Beijing Schedule, Invitations and Events, 1995


Box 26 Folder 2 Government Commitments and Accountability, 1995, 1999, 1995, 1999


Box 26 Folder 3 New York City Report Back Meeting, 1995 October 25


Non-Governmental Organization


Box 26 Folder 4 Forum on Women Reception (New York), 1995 March 13


Box 26 Folder 5 Forum on Women Site Plans, 1995


Box 26 Folder 6 Northwest Airlines Transportation Grant, 1994-1995


Box 26 Folder 7-8 Platform for Action, 1994-1995



Box 27 Folder 1-3 Platform for Action, 1994-1995


Box 27 Folder 4 Preliminary Report Version, 1995


Box 27 Folder 5 Preparations, 1995


Box 27 Folder 6 Stanley Foundation Conferences, 1989-1996


Box 27 Folder 7 United Nations Commitments Pledge, 1994-1995


Box 27 Folder 8 Zill, Anne--Correspondence, 1995


Subseries III.3: Subjects, 1972, 1994-2000

This subseries holds material on specific United Nations-related subjects such as reform and restructuring; the 1994 sexual harassment appeal of Catherine Claxton, a junior UN member who accused asst. Secretary General Luis Maria Gomez of harassment in 1991; UN relations with NGOs and the United States; UN women's history and data; staffing issues; and the election of a woman as Secretary General.



Box 28 Folder 1 History and Data on Women, undated, 1994-1996


Box 28 Folder 2 Peacekeeping and Gender


Reform


Box 28 Folder 3 Finances, 1994-1995


Box 28 Folder 4 Restructuring Background Material, undated, 1972, 1994-1996, 1972, 1994-1996


Box 28 Folder 5 Women and Peace, 1994-1995


Sexual Harassment


Box 28 Folder 6-7 Catherine Claxton Case, 1994



Box 29 Folder 1 Joint Appeals Board, Mrs. Catherine Claxton Appeal, 1994


United Nations


Box 29 Folder 2 Non-Governmental Organizations Relations, 1994-2000


Box 29 Folder 3 United States Relations, 1995-1996


Women and the United Nations


Box 29 Folder 4 Candidates for the Secretary-General, 1996 June


Box 29 Folder 5 Secretariat, 1994-1995


Box 29 Folder 6 Staffing Issues, 1990s

Series IV: Abzug, Bella, 1984-2000, bulk 1992-1998

The WEDO records contained files pertaining directly to Bella Abzug throughout the collection. These materials were pulled together in order to form a comprehensive series of documentation related to Abzug, particularly her death in 1998 including condolence correspondence and Abzug anecdotes (sent to WEDO and Kelber), memorial service arrangements and the establishment of a memorial fund and leadership award in her name. Articles and speeches written by Abzug herself or by Kelber for Abzug, were placed in this series. Also included is a transcript of the 1999 Lifetime Television documentary on Abzug entitled, Intimate Portraits--Bella Abzug and the unpublished manuscript and research of a children's book (1984) on Abzug written by Beatrice Siegel.


Box 29 Folder 1-2 Abzug Leadership Awards, 1998-2000



Box 39 Folder 1 Abzug Firing--Articles and Clippings, 1979


Box 39 Folder 2 Abzug Firing--Letters, 1979



Box 30 Folder 1 Articles About Abzug, 1992-1998


Box 30 Folder 2 Articles and Speeches (Written by Bella Abzug), 1993-1994


Box 30 Folder 3 Articles and Speeches (Written by Mim Kelber), 1989-1996


Box 30 Folder 4 Beijing Conference Opening Ceremony Speech, 1994



Box 39 Folder 3 "Bella the Ball,", 1991


Box 39 Folder 4 Biographical Information, undated, 1998


Box 39 Folder 5 Breast Cancer Climb, 1995


Box 39 Folder 6 Condolences, 1998



Box 30 Folder 5 Condolences, 1998


Box 30 Folder 6 Empowerment of Jewish Women Speech, 1988



Box 39 Folder 7 Funeral and Memorials, 1998



Box 30 Folder 7-8 Intimate Portraits: Bella Abzug (Transcripts), 1989


Memorial Fund, Bella Abzug


Box 30 Folder 9 Correspondence, 1999


Box 30 Folder 10 Memorial Fund--Kelber File, 1998, 2000, 1998, 2000


Memorial Service



Box 31 Folder 1 Anecdote Correspondence, undated, 1998


Box 31 Folder 2 Speeches, 1998


Box 31 Folder 3 Photographs and Slides, undated, 1984 circa 1994, 1984, 1994



Box 39 Folder 8 Press After Abzug's Passing, 1998



Box 31 Folder 4 Printed Matter, undated, 1998


Box 31 Folder 5 Siegel, Beatrice--Children's Book Research and Typescript, 1984


Box 31 Folder 6 Woman of the Year Award--Ms. Magazine, 1998 January-February

Series V: Publications and Printed Matter, 1974-2000, bulk 1994-1998

The collection contained a variety of pamphlets and brochures, newsletters, journals, magazines and newspaper clippings produced both by WEDO and other organizations. The great majority of these materials have been pulled together in Series V, which is divided into three subseries: V.1: WEDO, Women USA Fund, Inc. and the Women's Foreign Policy Council; V.2: Other organizations by subject and V.3: Oversized Printed Matter. Some printed materials were kept in their original locations. The materials contained here were either filed on their own accord or sprinkled throughout the collection. They are filed together for easier retrieval and organization.


Subseries V.1: Women's Environment and Development Organization, Women's USA Fund, Women's Foreign Policy Council and Mim Kelber, 1987-2002 [Bulk Dates: 1996-1994], 1987-2002

This subseries contains many of the materials produced by WEDO, Women's USA Fund, Inc., or the Foreign Policy Council. The subseries includes WEDO reports on the Beijing Conference, breast cancer, the WEDONews and Viewsnewsletter (1998-2002, incomplete) and Primer publication, a guide to early online activism, pamphlets and brochures from WEDO and the World Women's Conference for a Healthy Planet. The Women's Foreign Policy Council Declaration of Independence and Pledge of Allegiance to the Family of Earth are located in this subseries, while the Council'sWomen's Foreign Policy Council Directoryis located in Series II. Also included in this subseries is a copy of the only novel published by Mim Kelber, entitledA Pride of Women.


Box 31 Folder 7 "Building on Beijing: United States NGOs Shape a Women's National Agenda,", 1997


Box 31 Folder 8 Environmental Links to Breast Cancer Handbook , 1996


Box 31 Folder 9 "First Steps: What Has Happened Since Beijing?, 1996 March 8


Box 31 Folder 10 "Keeping the Promises...A WEDO Workshop Report,", 1996


News and Views


Box 31 Folder 12 1988-1995


Box 31 Folder 13 1996-2002


Box 31 Folder 14 Pamphlets and Brochures, undated, 1987, 1991, 1987, 1991



Box 32 Folder 1 Primer, undated, 1999


Box 32 Folder 2 "Promise Kept, Promise Broken?,", 1996-1997


Box 32 Folder 3 "Women Engaging the UN Online,", 1994


Box 32 Folder 4 Women's Foreign Policy Council Declaration of Interdependence and Pledge of Allegiance to the Family of Earth,, undated


Box 32 Folder 5 "Women Making a Difference...,", 1992


Box 32 Folder 6 World Women's Congress for a Healthy Planet, 1991


Subseries V.2: Other Organizations, 1974-2000

Subseries V.2 contain magazines, journals, newsletters, reports, articles, clippings and papers produced by other organizations and arranged by subject of publication in alphabetical order. Subjects center on women's issues involving the environment, poverty, reproduction and population, the United Nations, the United States and women refugees, violence against women, human rights, and politics.


Box 32 Folder 7-8 General, 1995-1996


Box 32 Folder 9 Book Excerpts, Articles, and Papers, undated, 1974, 1989-1996, 1974, 1989-1996


Box 32 Folder 10 Donor Countries and Organizations, 1995



Box 33 Folder 1 Education and Poverty, undated, 1994-1997


Box 33 Folder 2 Environmental and Globalization Issues, undated, 1989-1999


Box 33 Folder 3 European Women Status Report, 1995


Box 33 Folder 4 Feminism and Activism, 1991-1997


Box 33 Folder 5 Reproduction and Population, 1995


Box 33 Folder 6 Symposium and Conference Brochures, 1990s



Box 34 Folder f-1-2 United Nations and Non-Governmental Organizations, 1988-1997


Box 34 Folder 3 United States and Women Refugees Report, 1997


Box 34 Folder 4 Violence Against Women Discussion Paper, 1995


Box 34 Folder 5 War and Disarmament, undated, 1997-1998


Box 34 Folder 6 "Women and the United Nations" (Roosevelt Institute), 1995


Box 34 Folder 7 Women Human Rights Reports, 1988, 1993, 1998, 1988, 1993, 1998


Box 34 Folder 8-9 Women and Politics, undated, 1992-1997



Box 35 Folder 1 Women and Politics, undated, 1992-1997


Women's Vote and Women's Issues Chronological Clippings


Box 35 Folder 2 1988


Box 35 Folder 3 1989


Box 35 Folder 4 1990


Box 35 Folder 5 1991


Box 35 Folder 6 1992


Box 35 Folder 7 1993


Box 35 Folder 8 1994


Box 35 Folder 9 Post-Election, 1994


Box 35 Folder 10 1995


Box 35 Folder 11 1996


Box 35 Folder 12 1997


Box 35 Folder 13 1998


Box 35 Folder 14 1999


Box 35 Folder 15 2000



Box 36 Folder 1 General, 1995-2000


Box 36 Folder 2 Eco, Action for a Common Future (Bergen Conference),, 1990


Box 36 Folder 3 Earth Times , 1994-1996


Box 36 Folder 4 ICPD +5 Watch , 1999 July 2


Box 36 Folder 5 Terra Viva, 1997, 2000, 1997, 2000


Subseries V.3: Oversized Printed Matter, 1977-1997.

Four oversized posters have been removed from the general records and placed in oversized storage. The posters include a copy of the Contract with Women of the USANew York Timesadvertisement, a 1977 copy of the National Women's Conference poster, a 75th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage poster produced by the Center for Policy Alternatives, and a poster from a women's conference held in Modena, Italy in 1997.



Map Case 14-L-2 "American Women on the Move" (Poster), 1977


Map Case 14-L-2 Contract with Women of the USA--New York Times Advertisement, 1996


Map Case 14-L-2 "State of the States for Women and Politics" (Poster), 1995


Map Case 14-L-2 Sviluppo Umano Sostenibile: Una Prospettiva Di Genere (Poster),, 1997

Series VI: Audio Visual Material, 1991-2005

Audio visual materials include VHS tapes and DVDs of WEDO public relations reels, Bella Abzug memorials, and interviews conducted by Lee Grant of Mim Kelber for Intimate Portraits-- Bella Abzug. Audio materials include two microcassettes of interviews conducted by Libby Bassett in 2000 for a history of WEDO. Rounding out this series are speeches by Harry Kelber, the husband of Mim Kelber and noted AFL-CIO leader, produced by the AFL-CIO in honor of his union leadership and service.



Box 37 "An Evening with Harry Kelber: 70 Years in the Labor Movement," 2006 (DVD), 2006


Box 37 "Bella at the Ball," 1991 May (VHS), 1991 May


Box 37 "Bella's Last Decade" United Nations Memorial Service, 1998 April 24 (VHS), 1998 April 24


Box 37 "Earthspinners," Rough Cut Dub Fundraising, 1992 October 27 (VHS), 1992 October 27


Box 37 "Giving Women An Equal Say!," undated (VHS), undated


Box 37 History Interviews Microcassettes, circa 2000 (2), 2000


Box 37 Intimate Portrait: Bella Abzug, Lee Grant Interviews Mim Kelber, 1998 April (DVD), 1998 April

Series VII: Archived Web Site, 2013-present


Women's Environment and Development Organization Web Site, 2013-present

Archived web site captures of the official web site of the Women's Environment and Development Organization, at http://www.wedo.org/. Captured semi-annually, 2013-present.

Link to Archived Web Site