National Women’s Conference: A Retrospective

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the National Women’s Conference, held in November 1977. Over two thousand delegates representing 50 states and 6 territories, as well as 32,000 observers, gathered in Houston, Texas for the historic event, the first federally funded conference charged to assess the status of women across the country and the challenges they faced.

An exhibit celebrating the 1977 National Women's Conference opens at UH Libraries on November 5.

An exhibit celebrating the 1977 National Women’s Conference opens at UH Libraries on November 5.

In honor of this occasion, the University of Houston will host The National Women’s Conference: Taking 1977 into the 21st Century on November 6 – 7, 2017. Sponsored in part by the John P. McGovern Endowed Lectureship in Family, Health and Human Values, the conference will bring together participants of the former gathering and dynamic scholars.

Sharing Stories Challenge from Gloria Steinem | Capture and share your story about 1977.

UH Libraries Special Collections will host a related exhibit beginning November 5. The Spirit of Houston: A Retrospective 40 Years in the Making will feature materials comprising documents and ephemera from the Marjorie Randal National Women’s Conference Collection in the Carey Shuart Women’s Research Collection, and was curated by UH students in the Issues in Feminist Research course. For information on the exhibit, contact Vince Lee or Lisa Cruces.

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