The Southern California Women for Understanding Collection contains the operational records of Southern California Women for
Understanding (SCWU), one of the earliest lesbian non-profit educational organizations in Los Angeles, California.
Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU), an educational non-profit organization, formed in 1976 and dedicated itself
to "enhancing the quality of life for [the lesbian] community and for lesbians nationwide, creative and positive exchange
about homosexuality, [and] changing stereotypical images of lesbians." SCWU emerged in the midst of the civil rights, gay
rights, and women's movements when many marginalized social groups organized en masse to demand recognition and rights. SCWU
was one of the earliest known lesbian organizations. At its height, SCWU reached membership of 1,100 and in 1982,
Lesbian News hailed it as the "largest lesbian support group in the country."
10.5 linear ft.
(14 boxes, 1 shoe box, and 1 oversize box)
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