The documents contained in this collection range from 1974-1991, focusing on issues facing the Women's Studies Program at
California State Univeristy, Long Beach (CSULB) in the 1980s. In 1982, 13 faculty members and three students filed a lawsuit
with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against CSULB, charging the University with violations of the First and Fourth
Amendments. Formats of materials include meeting notes, court records, pamphlets, newsletters, press clippings, reports, correspondence,
financial and donor information, and education files.
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) was founded in 1949. Its Center for Women's Studies was created in 1972. During
the 1980s, with the rising tide of conservative and traditional values, the Women's Studies Program was a constant target
of harassment for teaching subjects on feminism and lesbians. These attacks came to a peak in 1982 when the Vice-President
of CSULB, with the assistance of other anti-feminist persons and associations of interest, announced they would restructure
the Women's Studies Program to include more traditional views of femininity. The restructuring included removing the program
director, Dr. Sondra Hale, and Women's Center director, Denise Wheeler. This would be the catalyst for the 1982 lawsuit filed
by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of the Women's Studies Program.
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