|Title||Women of Vision |
|Finding Aid Identifier||Ms52 |
|Finding Aid Title||Women of Vision |
|Subject||finding aid; Women of Vision; women's rights; Tacoma, WA; correspondence; International Women's Forum; United Nations; International Women's Tribune Centre; World Women's Congress |
|Abstract||Women of Vision is a nonprofit organization whose members are a group of community leaders in Tacoma, Washington, organized to create opportunities to effect change for the betterment of women of all nationalities through the development, support, and promotion of all women as leaders and through international and intercultural communication among women. |
|Biography||Women of Vision is a nonprofit organization whose members are a group of community leaders in
Tacoma, Washington, organized to create opportunities to effect change for the betterment of women of all
nationalities through the development, support, and promotion of all women as leaders and through
international and intercultural communication among women. Women of Vision is a small, facilitative,
action-oriented group that organizes and sponsors opportunities for women to come together to increase
their understanding of one another, explore opportunities open to them and be aware of the obligation they have assumed. All funds raised by the all volunteer, nonprofit organization are used to further its goals, as the organization does not maintain an office or a staff.
Throughout the world, women have traditionally had positions in society that provided for less
than the standard quality of life. Though the United States has made great strides in developing a more fair
and equal system for women, there still exists a wide disparity in opportunities open to women. In many
other nations, women experience less than humane conditions as an accepted way of living. Women of
Vision uses the conferences to dis cuss the various issues facing women throughout the world regardless of
location. Each conference deals with a different theme and brings together women from different countries.
The 1990 Goodwill Games Conference marked the first international conference held by Women of Vision in
which they brought women delegates from the Soviet Union to Tacoma for roundtable discussions on
women's issues. In 1994, the group organized a Women's Global Forum with the Department of Labor
Women's Bureau to focus on the 1995 World Women's Conference in Beijing, China.
Since the inception of Women of Vision in 1989, the organization has sponsored, planned, or
participated in nine major women's events. Women of Vision continues to inform women about their rights
and international issues.
|Scope and Content||The Women of Vision papers covers the years 1989-1999. The records are divided into sixteen series: Minutes, Correspondence, Conference 1990, Goodwill Games Conference 1990, Conference 1991, International Women's Forum 1991, Russian Space Luncheon 1992, Irish-American Women's Conference
1993, Goodwill Games 1994, Women's Global Forum 1994, World Women's Conference 1995, Daily
Operation, NGO, UN Commissions, International Women's Organizations, and Miscellaneous Items.
Minutes are arranged by date from 1989-1993. The minutes describe the decision-making process
of Women of Vision. Discussions focused on conferences, public relations, and membership.
Correspondence is arranged by date from 1990-1997. The correspondence deals with the group's
participation in other conference, the Department of Labor, and the General Federation of Women's Clubs
(GFWC). The series shows their interaction with the community.
Conference 1990 dates from 1989-1990. This series describes the first conference held by Women
of Vision. Records include the planning arrangements, photographs, correspondence with panelists, and
Goodwill Games Conference 1990, 1989-1991 describes the arrangements undertaken by Women of Vision to sponsor a citizen's initiative conference during the games. Records include the planning
arrangements correspondence, the selection of delegates, and evaluations.
Conference 1991 records from 1990-1991 describe the planning process by the group to hold its second local conference in Tacoma. Some the of the records include correspondence, workshop leaders biographies, financial reports, and public relations.
International Women's Forum 1991 held in the Soviet Union dates from 1990-1991. These records
detail the organizational skills of the group to plan a conference in another country. Records include
correspondence, planning details, public relations, and photographs.
Russian Space Luncheon 1992 records show the participation of Women of Vision in the Rotary
International Russian program.
Irish-American Women's Conference 1993 from 1992-1993 was co-hosted by the Cork Federation of Women's Organizations. The records describe the procedures taken by Women of Vision to arrange their
duties, and includes correspondence with their counterparts. Records include correspondence, planning
arrangements, photographs, financial records, and the conference packet.
Goodwill Games Conference 1994, 1993-1994 is a series of correspondence by Women of Vision to
garner interest in holding a conference during the St. Petersburg games.
Women's Global Forum 1994 records date from 1993 - 1994. This forum was an official event of the Department of Labor, Women's Bureau. The records include correspondence between Women of Vision
and the Women's Bureau, panelists, programs, conference packet, public relations, and evaluations.
World Women's Conference 1995, 1994-1995 described the women's conference held in Beijing and
the subsequent events in Tacoma. Records include correspondence, public relations, and newsletters.
Daily Operations records date from 1992-1999 and are arranged alphabetically. They describe the activities the group dealt with on a daily basis. Records include annual reports, newsletters, financial
reports, and a data bank.
NGO, 1995-1998 are the records collected by Women of Vision pertaining to NGO activities.
Records include a directory, conference reports, and correspondence.
UN Commissions reflect some of the UN programs that Women of Vision were interested in. The
records deal with women's issues before the UN, and include UNIFEM, the Committee on the Elimination of
Discrimination Against Women, and press releases from the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).
International Women's Organization is a sampling of organizations that focused on women's rights and are similar to Women of Vision. Records include the International Women's Tribune Centre, INSTRA, and the World Women's Congress.
Miscellaneous Items consist of loose photographs and a photograph album from the International
|Keywords||finding aid; Women of Vision; women's rights; Tacoma, WA; correspondence; International Women's Forum; United Nations; International Women's Tribune Centre; World Women's Congress |
|Inclusive Dates||1989-1999 |
|Volume||3 linear feet |
|Accession number||1999.128.1 |
|Num of Boxes||2 |
|Electronic Publisher||Washington State Historical Society |
|Contributors||Washington State Historical Society |
|Object Type||text/pdf |
|Rights||Property of the Washington State Historical Society - All Rights Reserved |
|Data Entry||kam |