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Nelson Poynter Memorial Library -- Catalogs; Florida -- Archival resources; Archives -- Florida -- Catalogs; Women -- Florida -- St. Petersburg -- Societies and clubs; Women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Florida; Feminism -- Florida; Equal rights amendments -- Florida -- Public opinion; Lobbying -- Florida; Local and Regional History Provenance


Sandy Oestreich and May Hainisch, two longstanding members of the Pinellas County Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), donated a variety of research and subject files from their leadership of the Pinellas NOW chapter. The general organizational records, advocacy files, and program files illustrate the local NOW chapter’s involvement in a variety of issues, including advocacy for reproductive rights and criminal justice reform, preventing sexual harassment and violence towards women, and supporting the passage of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment between 1973 and 2004. This collection represents the records collected by Oestreich and Hainisch during their service to the Pinellas Chapter of the National Organization for Women, but these materials cannot be considered the complete institutional record of the Pinellas NOW chapter.



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