The story of Atlanta’s women’s organizations embodies the changes in the roles of women in the United States over the past 150 years. The earliest of these groups in Atlanta were born out of the needs of women leaving the domestic sphere for employment and higher education. By the 1960s and 70s, second wave feminism burst onto the scene, fundamentally reshaping Atlanta’s existing women’s organizations, and sparking the creation of new ones that embraced a more diverse perception of women and their needs.  Here, we tell the story of the evolution and growth of women’s organizations in Atlanta utilizing materials from the Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women’s Movement Collection, the Lucy Hargrett Draper U.S. Equal Rights Amendment (1921-1982) Research Collection, and the Archives for Research on Women and Gender.

The exhibit was created by Georgia State University graduate student Alex McGee.

Banner is based on cover illustration for Ms. Magazine, No. 1, 1972