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Name: National Women's Conference

Historical Note:

The National Women's Conference was held on November 18-22, 1977 in Houston, Texas. The conference, which was part of a larger effort to study and report on the status of women in the United States, was sponsored by the United States' government (Congress appropriated $5 million for the entire study). This study occurred in response to the International Women's Year, which was held in Mexico City in 1975, sponsored by the United Nations.

Almost 2,000 women attended the National Women's Conference as official delegates or alternates. Each state sent delegates who had been elected at state meetings held earlier in the year. The purpose of the conference was to discuss and vote upon a National Plan of Action, which would provide the U.S. government with a plan for improving the status of women in all areas of their lives.


The Spirit of Houston: The First National Women's Conference. Washington, D.C.: National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, 1978.

"National Women's Conference." Lisa Tuttle. Encyclopedia of Feminism. New York, N.Y.: Facts on File, 1986.

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