During the eighties when I was working with Betty Olle
in the UAW office I felt the UAW needed a project which would help to
finance the organisation and meet some of the needs of the women's movement.
We needed a computer and modern aids if we were to keep up with the changing
It seemed that we were getting a lot of telephone calls
from young women wanting information, historical details, school project
work, when and how things happened etc. One day I had an urgent call from
a solicitor who was in court. He wanted to know the date of the UN Declaration
of Human Rights. Another time someone wanted to know about the Menhennit
ruling on abortion.
There was definitely a need for this type of information
to be at our fingertips – a women's historical data kit. I set about
getting funding and compiling it.
The result, minus an index and some of Eve's material
because we were over budget and pages is TAKING TIME,
Women's Historical Data Kit, Compiled and Edited by Yvonne Smith, Published
by UAW. Available from UAW Victoria, 2/247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Vic 3000, $15.00 including postage in Australia.