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UAW Women's Department: Dorothy Haener Records

Identifier: LR000848

Scope and Content

The papers of the UAW Women’s Department: Dorothy Haener Collection consist of correspondence, meeting material, conference material, clippings, publications, and reports.

Important subjects in the collection: Abortion International Women’s Year Aging Legal rights for working women Child care National Organization for Women Civil Rights National Women’s Conference Education Poverty Equal Pay Sexual harassment Equal Rights Amendment Status of Women Health UN Decade For Women

Important correspondents in the collection: Bluestone, Irving; King, Jean; Davis, Caroline; Komar, Odessa; Friedan, Betty; Madar, Olga; Griffiths, Martha; Mazey, Emil; Hatcher, Lillian; Reuther, Walter P.; Jeffry, Mildred; Woodcock, Leonard


  • 1932 - 1982


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


The UAW Women’s Department was established by the UAW’s International Executive Board in 1955 in order to address the problems faced by women workers and to involve women in the administration of the UAW. Dorothy Haener was appointed to the Women’s Department as its International Representative in 1961 and kept that position until her retirement in 1982. In keeping with the mission of the Women’s Department, Haener encouraged women to be active in the union.

In addition to her involvement in the Women’s Department, Haener participated in a number of political, civic, and church organizations to promote women’s rights and human rights. She served as Commissioner of the International Women’s Year, was a founding member of NOW and the National Women’s Political Caucus, co-chair of the Michigan Task Force on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and the Michigan ERAmerica Committee, and a tireless advocate for employment equity, reproductive choice, children, the aged, and the poor on countless other task forces and committees.


37 Linear Feet (37 SB)


Subjects include: abortion; aging; child care; civil rights; education; pay equity; health; National Organization for Women; poverty; sexual harassment


PLEASE NOTE: Folders are computer-arranged alphabetically in this finding aid, but may actually be dispersed throughout several boxes in the collection. Note carefully the box number for each folder heading.

Related Materials

Twentieth Century Trade Union Woman: Vehicle for Social Change Oral Histories; UAW collections


A number of photographs, ribbons, certificates, buttons, and posters have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection, and several books, serials, and convention publications are available in the Archives Library.

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Repository Details

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