Shireen Miles was the California State Coordinator for the National Organization for Women (NOW) from 1985 to 1989. The bulk
of these papers are from her time in that position as she participated in or lead national and state NOW events and activities.
This time period covers a very significant moment in intersectional feminist history including Title IX, the Equal Rights
Amendment, equality in the workplace, and the AIDS epidemic. Not only are her personal papers included here, but dozens of
original articles, communications, and record-keeping documents are preserved regarding the operations of NOW and the main
issues that the organization was addressing at this time.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded in 1966 at the third National Conference of Commissions on the Status
of Women by 28 women, including Betty Friedan. It is the largest organization for feminist activists in the United States,
with 500,000 active members in all 50 states and District of Columbia.
1970 - Graduates with B.A. in English and minor in Spanish from University of California, Davis
1971 - Graduates with Teaching Credential from UC Davis
1971-1978 - Teaches in Yolo County
1975 - Joins the National Organization for Women (NOW)
1985-1989 - State Coordinator for NOW in California
1989 - Assistant Executive Director for Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers
1989 - Receives Woman of the Year Award from the California State Legislature
1989-1992 - Manager of Administrative and Information Services for Children Now in Los Angeles
1990 - Receives M.A. Communication Studies from California State University, Sacramento
1992-1995 - Executive Director of YWCA of Glendale
1995-2001 - Director of Community Outreach for Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE), Sacramento
2001-2006 - Coordinator for Community, Health and Education Support Services for Sacramento City Unified School District
2002-2006 - Appointed Violence Prevention and Treatment Representative for the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors
2006 - Becomes Education Programs Consultant for the CDE
7.25 Linear feet
(5 record cartons, 2 flat boxes, 1 oversize folder)
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