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The Papers of the ODU Women's Caucus



The ODU Women’s Caucus (also known as the Faculty Women’s Caucus and the University Women’s Caucus) is an active ODU organization to this day but began on campus in 1974 as a group of women who gathered together to discuss issues surrounding the status of female faculty on campus. More specifically these women aid in affirmative action efforts to promote equality between male and female faculty, through salary, promotion, rank, retention and recruitment. From there the UWC ballooned into an organization that not only tackled salary discrepancies and promotion and retention, to one that attacked a wide array of gender issues on campus. These issues include, but are not limited to sexual harassment, discriminatory hiring/promotions practices, and representation of women on university committees.

On occasion the UWC will work on specific cases, working closely with university administrations and more specifically whoever held the office of University president at the time. Their major focus is to promote a woman’s position on campus as a whole. Issues the organization tackled were not always negative either, they also sought to uplift and raise awareness for women, both faculty and students alike through a number of conferences on a plethora of topics as well as holding small group meetings on women’s studies topics.  Some of the topics include sexual harassment, gender inequity, and women in athletics. Membership of the caucus is comprised mostly of female faculty and administrators. The major areas of and / or standing committees for the UWC were:

Gender Inequity: The UWC actively seeks the elimination of salary discrimination. They also work diligently at getting the administration to provide the UWC with data that allows them to examine the gender differences in salaries.

: The UWC encouraged active recruitment and examination of women well qualified for recruitment, promotion, and retention procedures. Using affirmative action policies the UWC actively petitioned the ODU presidents to implement and continue fair promotion/retention/tenure practices.

Title IX/Affirmative Action:
The UWC worked closely with the University’s AA/EO office that was established in the 1970s, to promote and ensure the rights granted to women under Title IX.

Sexual Harassment
: The women of the UWC seek the implementation of new policies and procedures on handling the issue of harassment. These procedures and policies should align with Affirmative Action policies as they are endorsed by the UWC

: The UWC wanted to establish a safe environment where women students, staff and faculty can have the same opportunities as men to use the ODU facilities such as computers, libraries and offices at night. Overall their major goal was to guarantee the safety of both faculty and students when walking around campus, particularly at night.

 For many years, members of the Caucus worked with faculty and administrators to provide more adequate childcare on campus and day care became available in the Child Development Center in the mid 1990's.

  Worked in conjunction with other university organizations to aid in the elimination of racial discrimination of campus.

As a means of gathering information the caucus continuously sends out surveys on various topics. This way they can gain a better understanding of the issues women on campus deal with directly on a daily basis. Today the Faculty Women’s Caucus is an active member of the Old Dominion community where the members still sit on university committees and co-sponsor events with the Women’s Studies Department and the University Women’s Center. More information on past projects as well as in-depth information on the historical background of the organization and past presidents can be found on the UWC website:   http://orgs.odu.edu/womenscaucus.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents ranging from 1974-1999. Within the folders one can find a wide range of materials, such as memos and correspondence, newspaper articles, printed materials such as flyers and newsletters, minutes and agendas and even receipts. The bulk of this collection focuses on the areas of concern for the Caucus, but it does not neglect the administrative functions either. Some documents address several issues but for the most part the content in this collection is arranged thematically and then chronologically. As such, one must remember that it is still possible for certain topics and materials to cross series should they address multiple issues.

Series Descriptions

Series I: Women’s Caucus Administration. This series contains organizational information, which was at one point or another valuable to the daily tasks of the Caucus. This series is broken down into seven sub-series: Sub-series A: History and Administration; Sub-series B: Meetings/Minutes/Agendas; Sub-series C: Memos and Correspondence; Sub-series D: Newsletters and Mailers; Sub-series E: Membership; Sub-series F: Men’s Auxiliary; and Sub-series G: Notes.

Sub-Series A: History and Administration. This sub-series includes folders containing historical records such as mission statements and list of caucus accomplishments, but it also holds information dealing directly with the caucus administration. Information in these folders contains by-laws, presidential and financial reports and any other important documents pertinent to the daily functions of the caucus.

Sub-Series B: Meetings.
This sub-series contains meeting notes, minutes, and agendas from 1974-1999. In some instances there will be folders labeled Board Meetings, in which these issues were discussed between members of the executive council and the presumably later presented to the caucus in its entirety. 

Sub-Series C: Memos and Correspondence.
This section contains memos and correspondence not directly pertaining to goals and objectives of the caucus from 1977, 1981-1984, 1987-1992, and 1994. Surveys can also be found in this sub-series because often they pertained to more than one topic and therefore could not be limited to just one area of concern.

Sub-Series D: Newsletters and Mailers.
This sub-series contains the first women’s caucus monthly newsletters from 1974-1975. It also holds the ODU Women’s View from 1975-1979 and the Caucus Newsletters from 1985-1988 it changed its name to the UWC Bulletin from 1988-1989. Finally, it also contains miscellaneous mailers from 1988-1989 and 2003-2004.
Sub-Series E: Membership. This sub-series is broken down into rosters and membership lists from 1980-1983, 1987-1988, 1990-1993, and 1997 as well as committee membership lists and goals, phone trees and contact lists.
Sub-Series F: Men’s Auxiliary. Not only the women worked for the advancement of women on campus, a men’s auxiliary established in order aid in the promotion of equality on campus. This sub-series includes correspondence between the men’s auxiliary and the actual Caucus.
Sub-Series G: Notes. This section contains miscellaneous notes and one folder of speeches. These are generally not signed and not dated.

Series II: Areas of Concern. These are the major goals and concerns of the ODU Women’s Caucus as mentioned in the history section above. It is broken down into eight sub-series. Sub-series A: Gender Inequity; Sub-series B: Title IX/Affirmative Action; Sub-series C: Childcare; Sub-series D: Safety; Sub-series E: Promotion/Retention/Tenure; Sub-series F: Race; Sub-Series G: Sexual Harassment; and Sub-series H: Additional Concerns.

Sub-Series A: Gender Inequity. Broken down by year this sub-series addresses the issue of pay inequity based on gender on campus.

Sub-Series B: Title IX/Affirmative Action.
This sub-series pertains to issues surrounding Title IX/Affirmative Action and its implementation here on campus. The Caucus worker closely with presidential committees and the EEOC to ensure that conditions as set forth by Title IX were being implemented correctly at ODU.  These folders are also broken down by year.

Sub-Series C: Childcare.
Troubled by the lack of campus supported childcare, the caucus created this committee to address these issues. This sub-series contains letters to the presidents as well as flyers from events the held to gain campus awareness.

Sub-Series D: Safety.
The safety committee was concerned with campus security and making sure there was enough lighting in areas on campus.

Sub-Series E: Promotion/Retention/Tenure.
This sub-series contains documents such as surveys, graphs and charts and direct correspondence with the ODU president at the time among other things.

Sub-Series F: Race.
These are documents that pertain to both the issue of race and gender.

Sub-Series G: Sexual Harassment.
The Caucus occasionally brought in speakers and held events pertaining directly with this issue. Most importantly, however, they sought the implementation of a sexual harassment policy within the ODU handbook in order to protect both students and faculty alike. Folders in this sub-series are broken down by year.

Sub-Series H: Additional Concerns.
This sub-series covers a wide array of topics that the Caucus addressed, but do not fit within the standing committees or major areas of concern. It is broken down by year and some of these issues include language choice, women in athletics, and maternity leave.

Series III: Women’s Caucus Events.

Sub-Series A: On Campus. This sub-series contains folders of events broken down by year that the Caucus either hosted or co-hosted with other on campus organizations, such as the Department of Women’s Studies, or the University Women’s Center.

Sub-Series B: Off Campus.
In this sub-series one will find information about off campus events that members attended to gain a better understanding of the issues and how to confront them here at ODU. These conferences are also broken down by year.

Series IV: Other Resources. This series contains other resources such as training, directories, articles, and information on other women’s groups.


Donated by Carolyn Rhodes, November 1998


Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.


7 Hollinger Document Cases. 

Collection Number


Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], Box [number], Folder [number and title], The Papers of the ODU Women's Caucus, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.

Container Listing

Box 1

Series I: Women’s Caucus Administration.

Sub-Series A: History and Administration

Folder 1: Bylaws, 1975
Folder 2: Bylaws, undated
Folder 3: Caucus Presidents, 1974-1994
Folder 4: Financial Reports 1976-1977, 1980-1983, 1985, 1987-1991, 1994, undated
Folder 5: History and Accomplishments, 1978-1993
Folder 6: Mission Statements, undated
Folder 7: Officer Election/Nominations, 1981-1986, 1991
Folder 8: Presidential Reports, 1977-1978

Sub-Series B: Meetings

Folder 9: Meetings, 1974-1975
Folder 10: Meetings, 1975-1976
Folder 11: Meetings, 1976-1977
Folder 12: Meetings, 1977-1978
Folder 13: Meetings, 1979-1980
Folder 14: Meetings, 1980-1981
Folder 15: Meetings, 1981-1982
Folder 16: Meetings, 1982-1983
Folder 17: Meetings, 1983-1984
Folder 18: Meetings, 1985-1986
Folder 19: Meetings, 1986-1987
Folder 20: Meetings, 1987-1988
Folder 21: Meetings, 1988-1989
Folder 22: Meetings, 1989-1990
Folder 23: Meetings, 1990-1991
Folder 24: Meetings, 1991-1992
Folder 25: Meetings, 1993-1994
Folder 26: Meetings, 1994-1995
Folder 27: Meetings, 1995-1996
Folder 28: Meetings, 1998-1999
Folder 29: Meetings, undated

Box 2

Sub-Series C: Memos and Correspondence

Folder 1: Memos and Correspondence, 1974-1980
Folder 2: Memos and Correspondence, 1981-1985
Folder 3: Memos and Correspondence, 1986-1989
Folder 4: Memos and Correspondence, 1990-1994
Folder 5: Memos and Correspondence, undated
Folder 6: Surveys, undated

Sub-Series D: Newsletters & Mailers

Folder 7: Mailers, 1988-1989
Folder 8: Mailers, 2003-2004
Folder 9: Women’s Caucus Newsletter, 1974-1975
Folder 10: ODU Women’s View, 1975-1976
Folder 11: ODU Women’s View, 1976-1977
Folder 12: ODU Women’s View, 1977-1978
Folder 13: ODU Women’s View, 1978-1979
Folder 14: Caucus Newsletters, 1985-1986
Folder 15: Caucus Newsletters, 1986-1987
Folder 16: Caucus Newsletters, 1987-1988
Folder 17: UWC Bulletin, 1988-1989

Sub-Series E: Membership

Folder 18: Rosters 1977-1983, 1987-1988, 1990-1993, 1997
Folder 19: Membership and Dues, 1980-1982, 1990
Folder 20: Committees and Goals, 1978-1979, 1987-1991, 1993-1994, undated
Folder 21: Networking Committee, 1991, undated
Folder 22: Publicity Committee 1984-1988
Folder 23: Phone Trees/Contact List, 1984-1986, undated

Box 3

Sub-Series F: Men’s Auxiliary

Folder 1: Men’s Auxiliary, 1986-1987

Sub Series G: Notes

Folder 2: Speeches, undated
Folder 3: Notes, undated

Series II: Areas of Concern.

Sub-series A: Gender Inequity/Salary Discrimination

Folder 4: Gender Inequity, 1972-1974
Folder 5: Gender Inequity, 1974-1975
Folder 6: Gender Inequity, 1975-1976
Folder 7: Gender Inequity, 1976-1977
Folder 8: Gender Inequity, 1977-1978
Folder 9: Gender Inequity, 1978-1979
Folder 10: Gender Inequity, 1979-1980
Folder 11: Gender Inequity, 1982-1983
Folder 12: Gender Inequity, 1983-1984
Folder 13: Gender Inequity, 1985-1986
Folder 14: Gender Inequity, 1986-1987
Folder 15: Gender Inequity, 1887-1988
Folder 16: Gender Inequity, 1988-1989
Folder 17: Gender Inequity, 1989-1990
Folder 18: Gender Inequity, 1990-1991
Folder 19: Gender Inequity, 1991-1992
Folder 20: Gender Inequity, 1993-1994
Folder 21: Gender Inequity, 1994-1995
Folder 22: Gender Inequity, undated

Box 4

Sub-series B: Title IX/Affirmative Action

Folder 1: Title IX, 1972
Folder 2: Title IX, 1975
Folder 3: Title IX, 1976-1977
Folder 4: Title IX/Affirmative Action, 1977-1978
Folder 5: Affirmative Action, 1979-1980
Folder 6: Affirmative Action, 1981-1982
Folder 7: Affirmative Action, 1983-1984
Folder 8: Affirmative Action, 1984-1985
Folder 9: Affirmative Action, 1985-1986
Folder 10: Affirmative Action Plan, 1986-1988
Folder 11: Affirmative Action, 1986-1987
Folder 12: Affirmative Action, 1987-1988
Folder 13: Affirmative Action, 1988-1989
Folder 14: Affirmative Action, 1990-1991
Folder 15: Affirmative Action, 1991-1992
Folder 16: Affirmative Action, undated

Sub-series C: Childcare

Folder 17: Childcare, 1982-1983
Folder 18: Childcare, 1986-1987
Folder 19: Childcare, 1987-1988
Folder 20: Childcare, 1988-1989
Folder 21: Childcare, 1989-1990
Folder 22: Childcare, 1990-1991
Folder 23: Childcare, undated

Box 5

Sub-series D: Safety

Folder 1: Safety, 1984-1985
Folder 2: Safety, 1985-1986
Folder 3: Safety, 1986-1987
Folder 4: Safety, 1987-1988
Folder 5: Safety, 1988-1989
Folder 6: Safety, 1989-1990
Folder 7: Safety, 1991-1992
Folder 8: Safety, 1994-1995
Folder 9: Safety, undated

Sub-series E: Promotion/Retention/Tenure

Folder 10: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1972-1973
Folder 11: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1974-1975
Folder 12: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1975-1976
Folder 13: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1976-1977
Folder 14: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1977-1978
Folder 15: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1978-1979
Folder 16: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1979-1980
Folder 17: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1980-1981
Folder 18: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1982-1983
Folder 19: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1983-1984
Folder 20: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1984-1985
Folder 21: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1987-1989
Folder 22: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1988-1989
Folder 23: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1989-1990
Folder 24: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1990-1991
Folder 25: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1991-1992
Folder 26: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1994
Folder 27: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, 1995-1996
Folder 28: Promotion/Retention/Tenure, undated

Sub-series F: Race

Folder 29: Race, 1986-1987
Folder 30: Race, 1987-1988
Folder 31: Race, 1989-1990
Folder 32: Race, undated

Box 6

Sub-series G: Sexual Harassment

Folder 1: Sexual Harassment, 1982-1983
Folder 2: Sexual Harassment, 1983-1984
Folder 3: Sexual Harassment, 1984-1985
Folder 4: Sexual Harassment, 1985-1986
Folder 5: Sexual Harassment, 1986-1987
Folder 6: Sexual Harassment, 1987-1988
Folder 7: Sexual Harassment, 1988-1989
Folder 8: Sexual Harassment, 1989-1990
Folder 9: Sexual Harassment, 1990-1991
Folder 10: Sexual Harassment, undated

Sub-series H: Additional Concerns

Folder 11: Additional Concerns, 1976-1977
Folder 12: Additional Concerns, 1977-1978
Folder 13: Additional Concerns, 1980-1981
Folder 14: Additional Concerns, 1985-1986
Folder 15: Additional Concerns, 1986-1987
Folder 16: Additional Concerns, 1987-1988
Folder 17: Additional Concerns, 1988-1989
Folder 18: Additional Concerns, 1989-1990
Folder 19: Additional Concerns, 1990-1991
Folder 20: Additional Concerns, 1991-1992
Folder 21: Additional Concerns, 1994-1995
Folder 22: Additional Concerns, undated

Box 7

Series III: Women’s Caucus Events

Sub-series A: On Campus

Folder 1: Forums and Events, 1974-1975
Folder 2: Forums and Events, 1975-1976
Folder 3: Forums and Events, 1976-1977
Folder 4: Forums and Events, 1977-1978
Folder 5: Forums and Events, 1979-1980
Folder 6: Forums and Events, 1980-1981
Folder 7: Forums and Events, 1981-1982
Folder 8: Forums and Events, 1982-1983
Folder 9: Forums and Events, 1983-1984
Folder 10: Forums and Events, 1984-1985
Folder 11: Forums and Events, 1985-1986
Folder 12: Forums and Events, 1986-1987
Folder 13: Forums and Events, 1987-1988
Folder 14: Forums and Events, 1989-1990
Folder 15: Forums and Events, 1990-1991
Folder 16: Forums and Events, 1991-1992
Folder 17: Forums and Events, 1993-1994
Folder 18: Forums and Events, 1994-1995
Folder 19: Forums and Events, undated

Sub-series B: Off Campus

Folder 20: Conferences, 1981
Folder 21: Conferences, 1982
Folder 22: Conferences, 1988
Folder 23: Conference, 1989

Series IV: Other Resources

Folder 24: Commission on the Status of Women, 1988
Folder 25: Grievance Panel Training, April 1981
Folder 26: Tidewater Women’s Studies Directory 1977
Folder 27: Women’s Centers: A Local Progress Report 1979


Revised 1/04/10