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International Women's Year (IWY) Collection

 Unprocessed Collection
Identifier: AM21-010

Form of Material

Items related to Ann Mulloy Ashmore and her experiences as chair of the Oklahoma IWY Coordination Committee. Marjorie Spruill Wheeler at The University of Southern Mississippi conducted her oral history for inclusion of her book: Divided We Stand: The Battle over Women’s Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics.


  • 1975-1978; unknown

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the united States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

International Women's Year (IWY) was the name given to 1975 by the United Nations. Since that year March 8 has been celebrated as International Women's Day, and the United Nations Decade for Women, from 1976 to 1985, was also established.

Events in support of IWY were held throughout the United States by private organizations and NGOs, such as those held in Connecticut, 11–12 June 1977 and the Greater Cleveland Congress, October. One of the most significant US events, because it was funded by the US government, was held in Houston, Texas and though planned as an IWY event, did not take place until 1977. The 1977 National Women's Conference included women from each state in the United States and developed a National Plan of Action, mirroring many of the points of the World Plan of Action.

The IWY also launched the "dove" emblem used by the IWY, CEDAW, and UNIFIL. A stylized dove intersected by a female symbol and an equal sign, the emblem was donated by then 27-year-old New York City advertising company graphic designer Valerie Pettis. It remains the official symbol of UN Women and is used in International Women's Day celebrations to this day.


.33 Cubic Feet : 302A.B15.Aa4 MC2/D19

Language of Materials



Given By: Ann Mulloy Ashmore

Related Materials

Divided We Stand: The Battle over Women’s Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics by Marjorie Spruill Wheeler, 2017. Cook Library call number HQ1421 .S683 2008

M373, Sheila Michaels Papers

AM08-27, Betty Mulloy Collection

AM19-11, Ruby Mulloy Collection

DG1249, Ann Mulloy Ashmore Papers

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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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