The Women’s Program in Action, 1979-1984: Information Exchange
The Women’s Program was also charged with communicating information to the public about resources and services for women. King County Archives Series 1901, Coordinator files, and Series 1903, Subject files, document how this task was carried out.
Digital communication technology did not exist then as it does today. Program coordinator Wendy Morgan shared information through paper publications, via telephone, through audiovisual materials such as films, and through personal interactions.
Logotype [above] and examples of questions [below] are all from Series 1903, Box 1, Folders 10-13.
In 1979, Wendy spoke of of the rise of “self-development” opportunities for men.
1981 brought cutbacks in government funding for social services. Wendy addressed the issue in her answer to a questioner.
“Ask Wendy” was a long-running (1979-1983) feature that appeared in a number of community newspapers.
Structured as an advice column for women or people concerned with women’s issues, it was a method of conveying information about resources (books, organizations, agencies, businesses, individuals) that might help the questioner.
The column derived from communications received by the Women’s Program, with answers written personally by program coordinator Wendy Morgan.
In this 1980 column, Wendy addressed questions about exercise classes, job networks, and women and credit.
An anonymous inquiry from a Maple Valley woman was crafted into part of a 1982 “Ask Wendy” column.
For further research
Records generated or maintained by the Women’s Program’s first coordinator Wendy Morgan (1978-1984) make up the bulk of records in Record Group 413. They are organized into six record series:
• Series 1633. Annual reports 1979-1984
• Series 1889. King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence files 1981-1985
• Series 1890. Women’s Advisory Board files 1978-1987
• Series 1901. Coordinator files 1977-1986
• Series 1903. Subject files 1977-1986
• Series 1905. Contract services files1975-1988
Contact the King County Archives to request a research appointment.