Commission on the Status and Needs of Women at CMU (COSNW) Collection
Scope and Content Note
The Commission on the Status and Needs of Women at CMU Collection contains records dealing with the pursuit of women's rights and equality within the work place and student body at Carnegie Mellon University. This collection includes surveys and reports that evaluate the positions of women at the university as faculty, staff, and students. The collection also includes many financial records that illustrate the budgetary aspects of the Commission.
This collection contains information on the participants of the Commission including, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and their affiliates. There are several reports published by the Commission that quantify the information collected by the Commission. There are also many newspaper clippings that focus on the Commission, all of which have been photocopied for preservation purposes.
The collection is divided into seven series. Series are arranged alphabetically.
- Majority of material found within 1971-1979
Restrictions on Series II: Financial Statements, FF12 Payrolls, 1971; FF13 Payrolls, 1972; and Series VIII: Miscellaneous Personnel -- Action Notices, 1971.
Prior to the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment on March 22, 1972, President Stever established the Commission on the Status and Needs of Women at Carnegie Mellon University. The Commission was started in order to address the issues of women at the university concerning admission, housing, counseling policies, treatment in the classroom, placement services, as well as the inequities in women's salaries, fringe benefits, and the distribution in the occupational structure of the university.
The Commission intended to relieve discrimination at the university and provide women with equal opportunities to admission, employment, retention, promotion, and salaries. Prior to the establishment of the Commission, these realities did not exist at Carnegie Mellon University.
As a result of the establishment of the Commission on the Status and Needs of Women at CMU, the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) was established in 1971. The OEO was established as an official university office to continue to address the needs of women and minorities at Carnegie Mellon University. The OEO answers to the national department of Health, Education, and Welfare to provide evidence that the university is working to eliminate sex and racial biases. Without this evidence, the university is at risk of losing federal funds. The office also provides continuous monitoring of affirmative action programs designed to correct discriminatory practices at the university.
1.5 Linear feet (3 boxes)
The Commission on the Status and Needs of Women at CMU was established with the intention to relieve discrimination at the university and provide women with equal opportunities to admission, employment, retention, promotion, and salaries.
The provenance is unknown at this time.
Three boxes (Boxes 1-3); 1.5 linear feet
April 7, 2004; Collection arranged and finding aid written by Angelle Pryor.
- Commission on the Status and Needs of Women at CMU (COSNW) Records, 1967-1996
- May 29, 2008
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