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Old Dominion University Women's Caucus Records, 1972-2004, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Shalynn Phillips

Collection Overview

Title: Old Dominion University Women's Caucus Records, 1972-2004, undated

ID: 36/RG 36-4A

Primary Creator: Old Dominion University. Women's Caucus (1974-)

Extent: 3.8 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into four series: Series I: Women's Caucus Administration; Series II: Areas of Concern; Series III: Women's Caucus Events; and Series IV: Other Resources.

Date Acquired: 11/24/1998

Subjects: Equality, Old Dominion University, Old Dominion University--Faculty, Old Dominion University. Department of Women's Studies, Old Dominion University. Women's Caucus, Old Dominion University. Women's Center, Women's rights, Women--Societies and clubs

Languages: English


Old Dominion University Women’s Caucus (also known as the Faculty Women’s Caucus) is an active Old Dominion University organization for female faculty and administrators. This collection contains correspondence, newspaper articles, printed materials such as flyers and newsletters, minutes and agendas.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains correspondence, newspaper articles, newsletters, minutes and agendas, and other records related to the Women's Caucus at Old Dominion University. Some of the issues presented in the collection include the disparity in pay between male and female faculty members, childcare, safety, and sexual harassment.

Collection Historical Note

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.

Recruitment/Tenure/Promotion/Retention: 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

Safety: 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.

Childcare: 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.

Race:  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.

Subject/Index Terms

Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University--Faculty
Old Dominion University. Department of Women's Studies
Old Dominion University. Women's Caucus
Old Dominion University. Women's Center
Women's rights
Women--Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 7 Hollinger document cases

Access Restrictions: The collection is open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Carolyn Rhodes

Acquisition Method: Gift of Carolyn Rhodes on 11/24/1998.

Related Materials: Old Dominion University Women's Center Records (RG 7-9A); Carolyn Rhodes Papers (RG 17-28B1)

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Old Dominion University Women's Caucus Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.

Processing Information: The collection was processed and the finding aid was created by Shalynn Phillips.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Women’s Caucus Administration, 1974-2004, undated],
[Series II: Areas of Concern, 1972-1996, undated],
[Series III: Women’s Caucus Events, 1974-1994, undated],
[Series IV: Other Resources, 1977-1988],

Series II: Areas of Concern, 1972-1996, undated
This series documents the major goals and concerns of the ODU Women’s Caucus. Some of the areas of concern include affirmative action, gender equality, childcare, tenure, and sexual harassment, among others.
Sub-Series A: Gender Inequity/Salary Discrimination, 1972-1995, undated
This sub-series addresses the issue of pay inequality based on gender at ODU.
Box 3
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, 1987-1988
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
Sub-Series B: Title IX/Affirmative Action, 1972-1992, undated
This sub-series pertains to issues surrounding Title IX/Affirmative Action and its implementation on campus. The Caucus worked closely with presidential committees and the EEOC to ensure that conditions as set forth by Title IX were being implemented correctly at ODU.
Box 4
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, 1982-1991, undated
This sub-series contains letters to presidents as well as flyers from events the group held to gain campus awareness.
Box 4
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
Sub-Series D: Safety, 1984-1995, undated
This sub-series contain the records of the safety committee of the Women's Caucus.
Box 5
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, 1972-1996, undated
This sub-series contains surveys, graphs and charts, as well as correspondence.
Box 5
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, 1986-1990, undated
This sub-series contains material related to issues of race and gender.
Box 5
Folder 29: Race, 1986-1987
Folder 30: Race, 1987-1988
Folder 31: Race, 1989-1990
Folder 32: Race, undated
Sub-Series G: Sexual Harassment, 1982-1991, undated
This series contains material related to the issue of sexual harassment at ODU.
Box 6
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, 1976-1995, undated
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. Some of these issues include language choice, women in athletics, and maternity leave.
Box 6
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

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Women’s Caucus Administration, 1974-2004, undated],
[Series II: Areas of Concern, 1972-1996, undated],
[Series III: Women’s Caucus Events, 1974-1994, undated],
[Series IV: Other Resources, 1977-1988],

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