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National Organization for Women Charlotte, NC Chapter Records

Identifier: MS0436

Scope and Contents

The collection concerns the Charlotte Chapter of the National Organization of Women, and dates from its founding in 1972 to 2009. Records in the collection and their arrangement reflect the hierarchical arrangement of the organization at the national, regional, state and local levels. The folder titles of the subject files reveal the issues that this organization was concerned with, these being the Equal Rights Amendment, pay equity, reproductive rights, domestic violence and the like.


  • Creation: 1972 - 2009


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The NOW is a national organization, which is subdivided into regional districts. The regional districts are divided into states, and the state organizations are comprised of local chapters. In 1977, a second NOW chapter, the Metrolina chapter of NOW, was organized. It merged with the Charlotte chapter in 1980. The Charlotte Chapter of the NOW was organized on July 5, 1972, under the direction of Judy Lightfoot, the regional director of the NOW. At the first meeting, Karen Edwards was elected the president of this chapter and she remained its president for most of its history. Jacqueline "Jackie" Frost, a long-time CNOW member was also the Director of the NOW Southern Region. Frost served NOW since the formation of the Charlotte chapter in 1972. Until 1982, the primary goal of the Charlotte Chapter of the NOW (CNOW) was to promote the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, prison-reform for women inmates, pay equity, workplace discrimination and domestic violence. In early 1980 the CNOW governing board voted to suspend its activities. It reorganized in July 1982 with forty-three charter members. Most of its early activities were fund-raising events. By 1982 Marjorie Storch had become president of this chapter. She was succeeded by Sue Royer in 1984. In 1984, the CNOW lobbied actively for the election of Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferrero. Two years later, CNOW participated in the March of Women's Lives in Washington, DC. The group from Charlotte was the largest to participate in this event. Over the years the CNOW has remained active in its pursuits for social change, especially with reproductive rights and access to safe abortions.


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Records of the Charlotte and Metrolina chapters of the National Organization for Women that date from 1972 to 2009. The collection contains files that were produced as a result of the chapters' organizational functions, and also concern issues of interest to the chapter; key among them was the Equal Rights Amendment and abortion rights.


The collection is arranged into the following five series: Papers, Book titles, Photographs, Memorabilia and Computer Media. There is also a folding display board that depicts the history of NOW and its agenda for social change that does not belong to any series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the National Organization for Women Charlotte, NC Chapter Records, 2010. Cynthia G. Thomson was the agent acting on behalf of the Charlotte chapter of NOW.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert A. McInnes.

National Organization for Women Charlotte, NC Chapter Records
Robert A. McInnes
October 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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