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Metropolitan Coalition of Women Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR000816
This collection reflects the programs and activities of the Metropolitan Coalition of Women in their effort to create better relations among the people in the Detroit area.

Important Subjects: Aid to families with dependent children programs Consumer protection. Drug addiction. Education. Medical care. Discrimination in housing. Police-community relations. Prescription Food Program

Important Names: Beamer, Katherine Cleary, Jeannette Devlin, Alice Haener, Dorothy

Dates

  • 1968 - 1973

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet (1 MB)

Overview

Mrs. Jeannette Cleary, Vice-President of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, organized the Metropolitan Coalition of Women in early 1968. Over forty women's organizations from metropolitan Detroit responded to a call from Mrs. Cleary in the aftermath of the 1967 riot and voted in February to organize a coalition, which would meet monthly to "establish better communications in the community among all peoples in order to reduce tension and create greater understanding towards solutions to problems." The coalition's programs concerned consumer affairs, health care, drug addiction, welfare rights, school integration, ADC grants, discrimination by public utilities, and quality nursing care. They were particularly interested in the Prescription Food Program for medically indigent mothers and children. Programs and conferences relating to these interests were presented by the coalition and they promoted these efforts on television and with mailings and letters to public officials and legislators. In November of 1973 it was concluded that the "winds of change had brought about a decline in membership and attendance" and the group decided to disband. This collection reflects the programs and activities of the Metropolitan Coalition of Women in their effort to create better relations among the people in the Detroit area.

History

Mrs. Jeannette Cleary, Vice-President of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, organized the Metropolitan Coalition of Women in early 1968. Over forty women's organizations from metropolitan Detroit responded to a call from Mrs. Cleary in the aftermath of the 1967 riot and voted in February to organize a coalition, which would meet monthly to "establish better communi¬cations in the community among all peoples in order to reduce tension and create greater understanding towards solutions to problems." The coalition's programs concerned consumer affairs, health care, drug addiction, welfare rights, school integration, ADC grants, discrimination by public utilities, and quality nurs¬ing care. They were particularly interested in the Prescription Food Program for medically indigent mothers and children. Pro¬grams and conferences relating to these interests were presented by the coalition and they promoted these efforts on television and with mailings and letters to public officials and legislators. In November of 1973 it was concluded that the "winds of change had brought about a decline in membership and attendance" and the group decided to disband.

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Location

2W-M-4(4)

Acquisition

The records of the Metropolitan Coalition of Women were first placed in the Reuther Library in March of 1977 by Mrs. Jeannette Cleary; a subsequent deposit was made in 2012 by Laureva Cox.

Related Material

Detroit Commission on Community Relations (DCCR) / Human Rights Department Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Katelyn Jedro on June 11, 2013.
Title
Guide to the Metropolitan Coalition of Women Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library and Katelyn Jedro.
Date
2013-06-11
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2013-06-14: Updated by Katelyn Jedro

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA