Women's Movement in San Francisco Discussion

Women's Movement in San Francisco Discussion July 1996


Query From Eve Carr ecarr@asu.edu 29 July 1996

I am posting this for a friend who is not on this list. Her e-mail is llorona2@imapl.asu.edu. I can also forward any responses to her. Thanks.


Hi-I'm doing some research on the Women's Movement in the Bay Area and particularly in Berkeley. I have already checked a lot of different sources and thought I'd post this message to the list, just in case anyone out there might know some sources or scholars who have done work in this area. The time period I am most interested in is between 1968 and 1975. I am interested in events, organizations, etc., during this time, as well as any female student-based activities at UC Berkeley. One other aspect of my research is to uncover the history of the women's studies program at Berkeley-my efforts so far have been fruitless. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.



>From Doris Mary Earnshaw dmearnshaw@ucdavis.edu 31 July 1996

Good topic! I was in Berkeley as a returning student in Comparative Literature 1969-79 and received the Ph.D. in 1981. Do you have Gloria Bowles and Renate Klein book Theories of Women's Studies ?(Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983). Gloria was one of the first leaders in Women's Studies at UCB. Alain Renoir, one of the founders of the Dept.. realized that "women are going to carry the humanities." The senior faculty in Comp. Lit. included two tenured women: Janette Richardson and Louise George Clubb, and the profs. encouraged the women graduate students. We had a supportive caucus with monthly meetings. We made individual proposals for a course we would like to teach, and voted each quarter on which proposal to accept, and the Dept. put that course in the schedule. To hear from women in other Departments, you might put an ad requesting info in the Alumni newsletter or request the editor to print a notice.

>From Glenna Matthews glennal@uclink4.berkeley.edu 1 August 1996

I'm responding to the query about the history of women's studies in the Bay area. In late April of 1995 there was a conference on the history of women connected with Cal over the first 125 years. Dr. Flora McMartin, then Assessment Coordinator at the University of San Francisco, gave a presentation based on her doctoral research for an Ed.D at Cal, a dissertation that dealt with the history of women's studies there and at two other institutions. The conference was sponsored by the Center for Studies in Higher Education--which might still have spare copies of the program. I was very much involved in the conference myself. Ruth Rosen of Davis is working on a book on the history of feminism, which according to my understanding, will deal with the Bay Area quite substantially. Best.