“Women in Politics: Today’s Challenges and Tomorrow’s Opportunities” Lecture Program (March 23, 1990)

As part of the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association’s (SEWSA) series of events for 1990, author and scholar Ellen Goodman spoke at Roanoke College in Virginia. The topics discussed by Goodman included: public affairs and women’s representation in American politics.



The lecture was also part of the Henry H. Fowler Public Affairs Lecture Series and the evening concluded with a question and answer session, wherein audience members could provide Goodman with questions by filling out a card in the program (see linked pdf) and remove said card, which would be picked up and passed along to Goodman.

Women in Politics: Today’s Challenges and Tomorrow’s Opportunities Program

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Taking Advantage of the Opportunity Cost of Equality: The Alliance for Women and The South Carolina Commission on Women Article (October, 2006)

Published in the October 2006 issue of Business Monthly Columbia, this article focuses on the work of the then South Carolina Commission on Women. The article talks about the advocacy and policy work of the commission and explains how both look towards the beneficial outcomes of altering the pay discrepancy within the state. Furthermore, the article talks about how such benefits could revitalize the economy of South Carolina and fix a much needed state infrastructures.


The article articulate the very realized and structured goals of the South Carolina Commission on Women, showing that such changes to pay inequity must be incremental and are certainly not a sign of completely changing inequity within the state. One passage reads:

“And to think what it would mean to every woman in South Carolina to achieve economic autonomy. She could afford health insurance and would pursue healthcare. She would have resources to continue her education, strive for promotions, and expand her career choices to include opportunities at the highest levels of business and government. She could start and grow a business. She would be able to plan for retirement. Thousands of women could escape poverty and abusive environments.  Imagine South Carolina leading in the southeast in this 21st century renaissance.”

Other features of the article highlight the persons involved in the advocacy work, including a picture of a think tank of women entrepreneurs during the time of the proposed changes. Importantly the article also discusses how such advocacy for equal pay runs parallel to the work to ensure safe home spaces for women and their children, pairing with organizations like the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA). A link to view and download the article as a pdf is available below.

Taking Advantage of the Opportunity Cost of Equality

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S.C. Advocates for Women on Boards and Commissions Pamphlet (August 1997)

Chaired by Barbara Moxon the S.C. Advocates for Women on Boards and Commissions focused on addressing the disparity between women and men in the workplace, particularly in high profile positions. Focusing on the issue from a non-partisan standpoint, the S.C. Advocates for Women on Boards and Commissions felt that such an issue could be corrected by reconstituting the makeup of the boards of many public institutions, most specifically universities.  In explaining the necessity of such a group, the pamphlet states:

“Believing women were under represented on public boards, the S.C. Association of University Women (AAUW) in 1989 began a project to change the situation. Subsequent research showed that many significant boards and commissions whose decisions greatly impacted women and children had no women, or only one.

AAUW believed that the operation of our state agencies and institutions would be improved if the abilities, experience and insights of women (over half of S.C.’s population) were better utilized.

An AAUW Task Force directed the project until 1991 when the groups supporting the project agree there was sufficient interest and more potential for change if an independent organization was formed. Thus the S.C. Advocates for Women on Boards and Commissions was born.”


Focusing on creating a group of advocates the S.C. Advocates for Women on Boards and Commissions included memberships. The membership rate for an individual was $10.00, while an organization could join for $35.00.  The pamphlet suggests that among other benefits, those who joined would be provided with “the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping advance women and improve our state.”

Click here to view or download the pamphlet.

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90 Women For 90 Years Fundraiser Invitation

In 2010, Democratic Candidate Vincent Sheheen ran for Governor of South Carolina. Running on a set of liberal and progressive beliefs, Sheheen’s work included advocating for women’s rights within the state of South Carolina and, as such, involved him reaching out for support from the community. This invitation represents one such fundraising endeavor, involving a celebration of women’s suffrage within The United States, by asking for prominent women within the South Carolina community to donate $90 dollars in recognition of this anniversary. Those who donated were then honored and invited to attend a celebration with Vincent’s wife Amy in attendance.


The invitation is noteworthy, because it also acknowledges that not all women received the vote in 1920. Indeed, following an asterisk a note reads:

African-American women were made to wait an additional 45 years for this right

Included on the list of prominent women in South Carolina politics and activism were: Drucilla Barker, Sally Boyd, Malissa Burnette, Marjorie Brittain Hammock and founder of this archive Mary Baskin Waters. This specific fundraiser was held on Monday, October 4th at City Art, but a similar event took place in Charleston September 15th of the same year.

To view and download the invitation click the link below:

90 women for 90 years PDF

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The Cancer Weapon South Carolina Needs Most (March, 1995)

In the mid-1990s the South Carolina Central Cancer Registry made it an issue of key importance to distribute information regarding high cancer rates within the state, using the abilities of the South Carolina branch of the Department of Health and Environmental Control as a ally to share such information. This pamphlet represents such an initiative and examines that ways in which cancer is a concern of all communities in the state, while focusing specifically on how particular types of cancer are rampant within different demographics and regional groupings. The opening paragraph for the pamphlet reads as follows (in response to questions about the aforementioned presence of cancer in certain communities):

“We can’t answer those questions because South Carolina is one of only nine states without a statewide central cancer registry. Most people today fear cancer more than any other disease. While we often see cancer as one illness, like measles, it’s really more than 100 different diseases. In the sometimes baffling war against South Carolina’s second leading cause of death, a central cancer registry can be a vital weapon.”

The pamphlet goes on to explain the key importance of a cancer registry within the state of South Carolina, by showing how such a program could function to track cancer rates between communities and deal with variations of the disease contingent on factors like “age, race, gender and county of residence” implicitly evoking a concern for intersectionality within the health profession in South Carolina. The pamphlet also considers the expenses on the taxpayer and how health care costs could be greatly diminished with such an approach.


To read the entire program click the link below for a downloadable PDF.

The Cancer Weapon South Carolina Needs Most

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1987-1988 South Carolina Commission on Women Annual Report

Compiled by Barbara D. Ferer in Augusta of 1988 the Annual Report put forth by the then South Carolina Commission on Women, this report focuses on the status of the commission for the fiscal year of 1987. While it includes obvious materials pertinent to any annual report (notably budget and staff changes) it also sets forth a series of demands, plans and expectations regarding gender equality for women in South Carolina. This approach set a series of expectations in place for newly minted South Carolina Governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. and aimed to radically alter the discourse involving the predominantly Republican political body. The annual report included a series of five priorities for the South Carolina Commission on Women which included goals like “network,” “grants and foundation support” and examinations of “public policy impacts.”

commission on women report

Included in the annual report were the major achievements of the council for that year, which borrowed their structure from the commission’s mission statement. One such accomplishment within their “…to study the rights and status of women” read as:

“The Commission on Women board members volunteered to research topics of concern to women so that they might serve as consultants during debate on proposed legislation. Issues assigned to board members included: childcare, abuse, homekeeping/parenting, older women, women heads of families, reproductive choice, pay equity, health, divorce, and state retirement systems”

But one of the many undertakings chronicled in the annual report, this document elucidated the goals and vision of the South Carolina Commission on Women as it moves into its first decade of existence.

To download the entire report click the link below:

1987-1988 South Carolina Commission on Women Annual Report

South Carolina Commission on Women Annual Report 1987-1988

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1994 Working Women Count Report Women’s Bureau

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Information Borrowed from ERIC Database Description:

“The Women’s Bureau enlisted more than 1,600 partners to distribute a questionnaire asking women about their lives as workers. The partners included the following: more than 300 businesses, 900 grassroots organizations, 75 unions, daily newspapers, national magazines, and federal agencies in all 50 states, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico. In addition, a telephone survey was conducted with a scientifically selected, national random sample. Findings indicated women felt pride and satisfaction at being breadwinners for their families and a significant part of the work force. A powerful consensus emerged on the following issues: pay benefits should provide economic security; workplace culture should support and respect families; and opportunity should reflect the value of women’s work. Respondents were distressed that their work at home and on the job continued to be devalued, and they were frustrated with the visible and invisible signs of inequality. They were concerned about incidents of discrimination. The following issues and concerns were shared by working women: health and pension benefits, inadequate vacation and sick leave benefits, stress as the number one problem, little or no ability to advance, loss of a job or promotion on the basis of gender or race, high priority to getting paid leave to care for children or relatives, affordable child care, and improving pay scales.”

As the report suggests, borrowing from then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, it is “not your run of the mill” survey and looked to survey major shifts in occupational experiences for women in The United States. Among the endeavors which were pursued during this survey was a push for more on-the-job training with a desire for a rise in responsibilities in their respective work forces. Another key component was a desire by the women surveyed to receive support from their employers for family related undertakings. One of the more elucidating comments comes in the conclusion however, particularly as it highlights issues related to male coworkers:

Many of the problems women shared with us are also issues for working men. While some of the obstacles respondents wrote about stem from discrimination, others reflect the trend toward a workforce anxious about job insecurity, declining benefits, and stagnant wage. The stresses of working families affect all family members and, likewise, the remedies stand to benefit all.

This survey marked a dramatic shift in the rhetoric surrounding women’s rights in the American workforce. The survey and its sources remain in the public domain and are free to download at the link below, or elsewhere:

Working Women Count A Report To The Nation

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2005 The Women’s Conference North Carolina and South Carolina

Held on multiple dates in September, The Conference On Women looked at ways women in the Carolina’s could actively become involved with and engaged in changing their future. The locations of the conference were: Raleigh, NC (September 20) at Holiday Inn Brownstone Hotel; Charlotte, NC (September 22) at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel; Wilmington, NC (September 28) at Holiday Inn Wilmington; and Columbia, SC (September 29) at Marriott Hotel Columbia. The conference was the initiative of the Kansas City based non-profit CareerTrack.


The conference included various break out sessions throughout the day, which were color-coded to address different issues in the professional development of women. An example includes the “Blue Track” which looked at “Enhancing Your Career and Professional Development” and had  session devoted to “Power Negotiation Skills for Women.”

A more detailed explanation of the conference’s purpose read:

You and other carefully selected achievers from the metro area are cordially invited to one of the most dynamic, life-changing events ever to come to your city.

The Women’s Conference is a power-packed day of workshops and sessions designed to energize and invigorate you–giving you new ideas and strategies to achieve and succeed according to your goals and standards.

This conference offers a unique 3-track format that lets you select from 12 sessions–making it easy to jump from track to track and choose the workshops most relevant and important to you. And in between, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and network with other area professionals–contacts that will be valuable to you long after the conference has ended.

This unique event brings nationally respected speakers and workshop leaders together with the area’s most capable professional women (including you!). Miss the day, and there’s no telling how many opportunities will pass you by.

The opening session for the conference was as follows:

Achieving Your Potential: How to Gain Respect ,Credibility, Power, and Influence in a Competitive Business World

The Women’s Conference was part of a larger set of courses offered by CareerTrack and was intended to streamline into other forms of career training, with the itnent of providing up-to-date information and services for those involved.

2005 The Women’s Conference Program September 22-28


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1990 Conference on Women at USC Coastal Carolina College

Held on Saturday, April 21st 1990 the Conference on Women focused, much as it’s title suggested, on various issues regarding women in locally, nationally and abroad. The conference was co-sponsored by USC Coastal Carolina College Graduate and Continuing Education in unison with South Carolina Women in Higher Education.


A pre-conference was held the day prior at Coastal Carolina’s Graduate and Continuing Education center with a reception that included presentations titled “Flying in Formation: Dual-Career Relationships” and “Living Alone, not Lonely Living.”

A welcome in the conference agenda by Sally Z. Hare the Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education at USC Coastal Carolina College and President of South Carolina Women in Higher Education read as follows:

The political climate of women in our nation and in our communities continues to be somewhat “chilly”. The politics of women’s experience covers a wide range, and spills over into the home, workplace, church, interpersonal relationships, childcare, economics, education, environment, health care, and civil rights. Now more than ever, there is a need for us to come together, form networks and learn to understand as well as break barriers of race, ethnic, economic and cultural differences. We are the key to our personal and professional development. This annual conference provides the opportunity for us to support each other, offers new role models that differ from old hierarchies, and allows us to form within ourselves, our communities, and our nation a voice unified by the politics of women’s experience.

Notable presentations included:

Women’s Bodies: Aging and Activity

Steele Wilson, Certified dance and aerobics instructor, Myrtle Beach & Litchfield

Getting in and Out of the Data Maze: Conquest of the Computer

Martha L. Davis, Computer programmer and educator, Myrtle Beach & Conway


Women’s Experience With Glassroots Organizing

Gilda Cobb Hunter, Executive Director, Tri-County CASA, Orangeburg, SC

Perhaps the most noteworthy part of this conference was the keynote delivered by Patricia Scott Schroeder, who was at the time a Democratic congresswoman from Colorado and had actively worked in developing the Economic Equity Act. In the description of her accomplishments, Schroeder is noted as working with family issues, funding AIDS research and publishing a 1989 book entitled Champion of the Great American Family.

Registration for the entire conference was $75 dollars, although the agenda notes that provisions would be provided for those with economic immobility.

1990 Conference on Women Program Apr 20

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Mission of this Project


The purpose of this blog is to provide a space to remember and celebrate South Carolina Women’s history, with an emphasis on making information accessible for research, education and empowerment.

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