Rebecca "Becky" Grothaus Papers

Women's Museum of California Library & Archives 

Finding guide to The Rebecca “Becky” Grothaus Papers

1974-1986

 

Collection Summary

Title: Rebecca “Becky” Grothaus Papers, Chair Of The Women & Health Task Force S.D. N.O.W, President Of Resource And Education Network For the Equality Of Women With Disabilities, And Appointed Member Of National N.O.W Special Constituencies Issue Committee Representing Disabled Women

Accession Number: AC-031

Creator: Rebecca “Becky” Grothaus

Finding Aid Prepared By: Jessica Smith

Head Archivist: Charla Wilson

Arranged By: Bonnie Domingos

Date Processed: March 3, 2015

Language: Collection material is in English

Extent: One box

 

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Open to research

Use Restrictions:  None

Brief History of Rebecca “Becky” Grothaus' Work

Grothaus was the founding president of San Diego's first disabled women's group, Resource and Education For The Equality Of Women With Disabilities (RENEWD). Grothaus was an eleven year activist in San Diego NOW. Grothaus was a member of a national political caucus, advisory board for center of women's studies and services, member of California Women's Commission on Alcoholism, and National Women's Health Network. Grothaus was the author and producer of “Disabled Women in Action” slide show.

 

Container List:

Series I. Correspondence

Folder # 1

Sub-Series A. (From Rebecca “Becky” Grothaus)

          # 1 To Peter Lund, National Organization for Women [NOW] (July 15, 1974)

          # 2 To University of California, San Diego [UCSD] Staff Personnel (April 11, 1984)

          #3 To Unknown (November 8, 1983); Resource And Education Network For The Equality of    

               Women With Disabilities [RENEWD]

           # 4 To Ray (November 7, 1983)

           # 5 To Raymond Zanella, Community Service Center For The Disabled, Inc. [CSCD]                                             

                 (November 8, 1983) 

Folder #2

Sub-Series B. (To Rebecca “Becky” Grothaus)

            # 1 From Regina Kerns, Women's Coalition (No Date)

            # 2 From Lois Sweeney (August 30, 1974)

            # 3 From Diane E. Watson, Senate California Legislature (July 22, 1983)

            # 4 From William A. Craven, Senate California Legislature (November 18, 1983)

            # 5 From Diane E. Watson, Senate California Legislature (January 11, 1984)

            # 6 From Shay Drummond, California State Senate (February 14, 1984)

            # 7 From Diane E. Watson, California State Senate (August 14, 1984)

            # 8 From Diane E. Watson, California State Senate (November 4, 1984)

            # 9 From Diane E. Watson, California State Senate Committee on Health and Welfare                                             

                   (November 4, 1984)

            # 10 From Raymond Zanella, Community Service Center for the Disabled, Inc. [CSCD]                            

                    (November 7, 1983)

            # 11 From Susan E. Browne (February 2, 1985)

            # 12 From Gretchen, Resource and Education Network For The Equality of Women With                           

                    Disabilities (June 1, 1985)

            # 13 From Gretchen, Resource and Education Network For The Equality of Women With                           

                    Disabilities (September 1, 1985)

 

Folder #3

Sub-Series C. (From, Miscellaneous Correspondence)

            # 1 To Judy Brinner (August 30, 1974) From Lois Sweeney

            # 2 From Shay Drummond, California State Senate (March 30, 1984)

            # 3 From Jim Bates, Congress of the United States House of Representatives (August 8,

                1984)

            #4 From Judith Abeles addressed to Robin Tyler, Resource and Education Network For The 

                  Equality of Women With Disabilities [RENEWED] (June 25, 1985) 

 

Series II. Workshop: The Disability, Civil Rights Movement & The Women's Movement

Folder #4

             # 1 A speech by Rebecca Grothaus in San Diego (August 27, 1983)

             # 2 An outline by Rebecca for the Resource and Education Network For The Equality of 

                   Women with Disabilities (R.E.N.E.W.D) (April 8, 1983)

            # 3 Slideshow notes by Rebecca Grothaus for the National Organization of Women     

                  (N.O.W)         

            # 4 Notes on Senator's Watson's Adv. Committee on women's issues (February 24, 1984)

            # 5 A Senate Bill by Senator Watson (February 28, 1983)

 

Series III. Topics of Interest Scripts: “Sexism in Advertising,” Welfare/ Workforce, Sex Discrimination

Folder #5           

          Sub-Series A. (Scripts from National Organization of Women [NOW])

            # 1 Sexism in Advertising, unspecified Task Force, To call the audience's attention that                                         

                  advertising presents a destructive image of women.

            # 2 Sexism in Advertising, Media Reform Task Force, call attention to how advertising

                  presents a distorted image of women.

            # 3 Sexism in Advertising (Additional Copy Provided)

            # 4 Image of Women Task Force, Slideshow “Sexism in Advertising,” unspecified task

                   force, to detail how negative, sexist, portrayals of women in advertising affect how

                   women view themselves               

            # 5 Image of Women Task Force (Additional Copy Provided)

 

Folder #6 (Images/ Advertisements)

            # 1 “H's one-two Subaru in America's toughest rally.” Subaru of America, Inc.,

                   Pennsauken, New Jersey 08109

            # 2 “The Subaru GL Coupe. Like a spirited woman who yearns to be tamed.” Subaru of                                         

                    America, Inc., Pennsauken, New Jersey 08109

           # 3 Preliminary Statistics Utilized in Image Slide Show, 22 magazines sampled & 2            

                 newspapers sampled (sources)

 

Sub-Series B.

            # 1 R.E.N.E.W.D Resource & Edu. Network For The Equality Of Women With Disabilities                                   

                  Meeting Notes 1984-1985

 

Folder #7

Sub-Series A. Handouts

            # 1 Architectural Accessibility, Cathy Hover, (November 23, 1981)

            # 2 Resolution, Glenda Havens, (December 8, 1982)

            # 3 Disabled Women, Unknown Author, (August 27, 1983)

            # 4 Letter: Agreement of Affiliation with RENEWD, From Glinda Havens To William Tainter                                 

                  (August 28, 1984) 

 

Folder #8

          Sub-Series B. Meeting Notes (San Diego)

            # 1 R.E.N.E.W.D Meeting Notes (July 10, 1984)

            # 2 Meeting Notes (August 14, 1984)

            # 3 Meeting Notes (January 8, 1985)

            # 4 Meeting Notes ( February 12, 1985)

            # 5 Meeting Notes (May 14, 1985)

            # 6 Meeting Notes (July 9, 1985)

            # 7 Meeting Notes (August 13, 1985)

 

          Sub-Series C. CLEIS PRESS

Folder #9

           Sub-Series A. Handouts About With The Power Of Each Breath

            # 1 With the Power of Each Breath info (May 1985)

            # 2 News from Cleis Press- with the Power of Each Breath (May 15, 1985)

 

Folder #10

            Sub-Series B. Addressed to Rebecca Grothaus

            # 1 From Diane Hugs, Cheryl Wade (November 26,1985)

            # 2 From Cleis Press, “With The Power of Each Breath: A Disabled Women's Anthology”

                  wins President Committee Award (May 1, 1986)

            # 3 From Cleis Press, Info about a new Feminist Anthology on Women & Cancer (June 25,                                   

                  1986)

            # 4 From Joann Eggotaff, a note informing Rebecca that extra copies were made (August

                  1986)

            # 5 From Cleis Press, information that “With the Power of Each Breath” wins recognition

                  with special merit (November 1, 1986)

 

Folder #11

            Sub-Series C. Addressed to Contributors of With the Power of Each Breath

            # 1 From Felice Newman, sending contributors a copy of “With the Power of Each Breath”                                    

                  (June 1, 1985)

            # 2 From Felice Newman, information about a special discount contributors have when

                  ordering copies of “With the Power of Each Breath” (November 12, 1985)

 

            Sub-Series D.

            # 1 Sex Discrimination In Insurance & N.O.W. (National Organization Of Women)

 

Folder # 12

Sub-Series A. Facts About Gender Discrimination

            # 1 Fact Sheet: Gender Discrimination in Insurance, N.O.W. (National Organization for                                         

                  Women)

            # 2 N.O.W. Fact Sheet: Nondiscrimination in Insurance Act, N.O.W. (National Organization

                  for Women)

            # 3 Fact Sheet: Benefits to Women Through HR 100/s 372, N.O.W. (National Organization

                  for Women)

            # 4 Myth of Equality: Compelling Reasons to Support the N.O.W. Legal Defense and

                   Education Fund, N.O.W. (National Organization for Women)

            # 5 Statement of Judy Goldsmith, President of National Organization for Women (N.O.W.),                                   

                  (August 10, 1983)

 

Folder # 13

Sub-Series B. From Judy Goldsmith

            # 1 To Member, About Fight Against Sex Discrimination in Insurance, N.O.W. (National                           

                  Organization for Women)

            # 2 To Unknown/Friend, N.O.W. Action Alert: Insurance Industry Declares War on Women,                                  

                  N.O.W (National Organization for Women)

            # 3 To Member, Sharing a recent development on the fight for equal treatment for women

                  in insurance, N.O.W. (National Organization for Women, Inc.)

            # 4 To Unknown, Insurance vs. Equality, N.O.W. (National Organization for Women)

 

Folder #14

              Series C. Miscellaneous Documents

            # 1 Judy Goldsmith- Insurance Notes (July 17, 1983)

            # 2 Schedule: “Get Acquainted with N.O.W.” Day (August 27, 1983)

            # 3 Note: Congressman Jim Bates

            # 4 Letter from Katheryn F. Clarenbach to Unknown (No date)

            # 5 Advertisement: Multi Million Dollar Media Campaign Opposes Equality

 

Sub-Series E. Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Folder #15

 

Sub-Series F. Welfare and Workforce

Folder #16

           

Sub-Series G. Miscellaneous

Folder # 17

Folder #18

 

Series IV. Publications

            # 1 Growing Numbers, Growing Force, Older Women's League Educational Fund, A Report                                  

                  from the White House Mini-Conference on Older Women, n/a

            # 2 Consciousness Raising Handbook,  National Organization for Women, L.A. Now                                            

                   Consciousness Raising Committee, 1974

            # 3 The New Woman's Survival Sourcebook, 1975

            # 4 Guidelines to Feminist Consciousness Raising, National Task Force on Consciousness                        

                  Raising of National Organization for Women, 1975-76

            # 5 “...To Form a More Perfect Union...”, National Commission on the Observance of                                          

                  International Women's Year, Justice for American Women, 1976

            # 6 The Silenced Majority, Media Task Force, The Status of Women in the San Diego                                             

                   Broadcast Media, 1977

            # 7 The Spirit of Houston, National Commission on the Observance of International

                  Women's Year, The First National Women's Conference, 1978

            # 8 Women's Health Care, Resources, Writings, Bibliographies, 1978

            # 9 Abortion, National Women's Health Network, 1980

            # 10 Welcome to the Sirkus, The Women's Legislative Institute, A Handbook For

                    Grassroots Advocacy, 1982

            # 11Who's Watching Our Children, Senate Office of Research, The Latchkey Child                                    

                   Phenomenon, 1983

            # 12 Women's Rights, California Department of Justice, 1983

            # 13 Equal Opportunity in Presidential Appointments, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, A                                   

                   Statement of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1983

            # 14 A Growing Crisis: Disadvantaged Women and Their Children, United States

                    Commission on Civil Rights, 1983

            # 15 The Feminization of Poverty Testimony I, California Legislature Senate Committee on                         

                    Health and Welfare and Assembly Human Services Committee, Joint Public Hearing,                            

                    1983

            # 16 The Feminization of Poverty Testimony II, California Legislature Senate Committee

                    on Health and Welfare and Assembly Human Services Committee, Joint Public

                    Hearing, 1983

            # 17 14th National Conference on Women & the Law Sourcebook, Unity and

                    Empowerment, 1983 (2 copies)

            # 18 Feminist Health Care Directory, National Organization for Women, 1984

            # 19 Bread and Roses: The Economics of Feminism Sourcebook II, The 15th National                                            

                    Conference on Women and the Law, 1984

            # 20 Bread and Roses: The Economics of Feminism Sourcebook I, The 15th National                                             

                   Conference on Women and the Law, 1984

 

Series V. Audio Cassettes

            # 1 N.O.W. Interview: KGB Perspective (1974)

            # 2 KFMB Interview (January 23, 1974)

            # 3 News Conference Of T.V. Coverage, Media Monitoring (February 1, 1974)

            # 4 Press Conference Of T.V. Coverage (February 15, 1974)

            # 5 A Few Minutes From NOW (March 16, 1974)

            # 6 CR Weekend- Theory of CR, Harriet Perl and Gay Abarbanell (March 4-5, 1978)

            # 7 Disabled Women In Action # 1: “We The Women” (The American Parade) on CBS

                  (March 17, 1974)

            # 8  KPRI Interview: “Introspections” With Theo Wilner, Diane Matson, Becky Grothaus                           

                   (C.S.C.D. + The American Lupus Society) (April 20, 1980)

            # 9 Disabled Women in Action Copy 2 (October 13, 1981)

            # 10 “Disabled Women In Action”  Copy 1 of 2 (October 14, 1981)

            # 11 “Disabled Women In Action” Copy 2 of 2 (October 14, 1981)

            # 12 Health Workshop (April 8, 1983)

            # 13 15th National Conference On Women And The Law (No date)

            # 14  Sexism in Advertising (No date)

            # 15 Disabled Women in Action II ( No date)

            # 16 Women With Disabilities: Feminist Collective (No date)

 

Series VI. Misc. Objects

        Pins (13)

            # 1 Symbol of Anarcha- Feminism (3 pins)

            # 2 “NOW Never Another Season of Silence” 1966-1986 (2 pins)

            # 3 “Older is Bolder”

            # 4 Venus symbol (2 pins)

            # 5 “ERA”

            # 6 “Philogynist”

            # 7 “Vote” (With Venus Symbol)

            # 8 “Sister”

            # 9 Symbol of double Venus

Badges (3)

            # 1 Rebecca Grothaus' Women and Health Task Force NOW badge

            # 2 Rebecca Grothaus' San Diego County Chapter NOW badge

            # 3 RENEWD

Stickers (7)

            # 1 “Domestic Violence is a Crime Against the Future” (1) -Bumper Sticker

            # 2 Anarcha- Feminism (3)

            # 3 Mondale & Ferraro (1) -Political Sticker

            # 4 Boycott Carl's Jr.

            # 5 Support ERA

Cards (20)

            # 1 NOW San Diego County Chapter ERA

            # 2  “You Have Insulted A Woman From The Mouth Of Bores Comes Sexist Language” (7)

            # 3 “You Have Insulted A Woman This Card Has Been Chemically Treated In Three Days                         

                   Your Penis Will Fall Off” (6)

            # 4 “You Have Insulted A Woman May Your Screwdriver Break And Your Nuts Rust Off” (5)

            # 5 “You Have Insulted A Woman This Card Is Chemically Treated In Three Days Your

                  Prick Will Fall Off” (1)        

Postcard (1)

            # 1 Anti-Reagan letter to Grothaus

Poster (3)

            # 1 “Women Workers Then and Now: 1880-1980”

            # 2 Anti-Playboy

            # 3 “When I tell you I'm a feminist it doesn't mean I want to fight for every right men

                   have... only that I shouldn't have to.”

Book (2)

            # 1 NOW Address Book

            # 2 Bread and Roses Registration Book

 

Scope and Contents of Material:

This collection documents Rebecca “Becky” Grothaus' work within the RENEWD (Resource and Education For The Equality Of Women With Disabilities). The collection includes published works regarding equality of women.

           

            Series I: Correspondence

            The series includes letters from NOW and RENEWD to Rebecca Grothaus. It contains correspondence between Grothaus and California State Senator's office, Diane E. Watson along with their discussions towards solutions in ending poverty for women and Grothaus' involvement in committees. Grothaus also corresponded with California Senate Committee on Health and Welfare regarding Women's Opportunity Week. It contains a book contract which features Grothaus life and work with the handicapped women's community along with other correspondence.

           

            Series II: Workshop

            It contains outlines and speeches from Rebecca Grothaus presented in San Diego during a   NOW workshop at the YWCA on August 27, 1983.There Rebecca describes how NOW does not adhere to the rights of disabled women as much as able-bodied women and urges the audience to stand up for disabled rights by speaking of her own personal struggles with lupus. It also includes an outline by Rebecca for a RENEWD workshop on April 8, 1983 that details how disabled women are disenfranchised and encourages all women to co-operate in addressing the issues disable women face and calling for action to be done. Grothaus created slideshow notes for NOW about how disabled women are not met with the same opportunities as able-bodied women in the organization even though they face the same issues: reproductive freedom, wage gap, lesbian rights. Notes on Senator's Watson's Adv. Committee on women's issues for February 24, 1984, that focus on how the childcare system (children with disabilities) needs to be regulated in California particularly. A Senate bill introduced by Senator Watson on February 28, 1983, permits school and state buildings used by the public to be inspected to make sure they are handicap accessible.

           

            Series III: Topics of Interest

            The series includes scripts of  “Sexism in Advertising” and notes from RENEWD meeting notes from 1984 to 1985. It also contains Cleis Press, an independent publisher, and sexual discrimination inside of insurance. The discrimination shown inside of insurance does not just include discriminatory acts against handicapped but also involves gender.

 

            Series IV: Publications

            The work contains various publications ranging in dates from 1974 to 1984. The publications involve diverse aspects of women's rights topics cover include opposing viewpoints on women's rights. The women's rights inside the works cover women's health care, abortion, women in poverty, and feminism. Some of the twenty published products involve child care and where older women fit into society.

 

            Series V:Audio Cassettes

            The various audio cassettes are recorded material from press conferences, news conferences, interviews and workshops that range from 1974 to April of 1983. More specifically, some of the audio cassettes include disabled women, sexism in advertising, and healthcare. Also the 15th National Conference on Women and the Law is included.

 

            Series VI: Miscellaneous Objects

            The miscellaneous objects include Grothaus' pins, badges, stickers, cards, posters, books and a postcard. The various material displays feminist pins that illustrate NOW, the ERA, and encouragement in women voting. The other objects also show Grothaus' opposition towards Carl's Jr., President Reagan, and Playboy.

Rebecca "Becky" Grothaus Papers