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Beth S. Schapiro:

A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881


Profile Description

Creation: EAD finding aid created by Morna Gerrard
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Schapiro, Beth S
Title: Beth S. Schapiro papers
Dates: circa 1970-1995
Quantity: 3.5 linear 10 boxes
Abstract:Schapiro has been active and held offices with several Georgia and national organizations including the Feminist Action Alliance, Inc., ERA Georgia, Inc. (formerly Georgia Council for the ERA), the Women's Political Caucus, and Women Business Owners, Inc. The Schapiro Papers are organized into seven series: (I) Organizations and issues; (II) Appointments, boards, and panels; (III) Subject files; (IV)Women political candidates; (V) General correspondence; (VI) Miscellaneous personal material; and (VII) Artifacts.
Identification: W002

Organization of the Papers

The Schapiro Papers are organized into seven series:
Series I. Organizations and issues
Series II. Appointments, boards, and panels
Series III. Subject files
Series IV.Women political candidates
Series V. General correspondence
Series VI. Miscellaneous personal material
Series VII. Artifacts

Scope and Content or the Papers

Series I, Organizations and Issues, documents Schapiro's work with the Feminist Action Alliance (including director of the Survey of Women Candidates, 1975, and director of the Rape Task Force, 1975-1976), her activities for the passage of rape-related legislation, and particularly her lobbying efforts for passage of the ERA in Georgia, 1973-1981. Minutes from the meetings of ERA Georgia, Inc., 1978-1980, documentation of Schapiro's membership in the National Women's Political Caucus and the Atlanta Women's Network and material reflecting Schapiro's later activities with Women Business Owners, Inc., including meeting minutes, 1990-1995, are found here as well. Series II, Appointments, Boards, and Panels, documents Schapiro's various state and local appointments including her 1976-1977 participation in the International Women's Year (IWY). The Subject Files, Series III, covers women's political issues, rape, education, and legal issues, and the Carter administration's involvement with women's issues. Information (primarily printed material) on many Georgia women who have run for political office may be found in Series IV, Women Political Candidates, as well as some information on women in politics in other Southern states. General Correspondence, Series V, reflects media coverage of women's activities, including queries and thank you notes, as well as Georgia political activity; correspondents include local and state political candidates and elected officials including Sam Nunn. Miscellaneous Personal Materials, Series VI, includes speech notes and a clipping of a 1978 Emory Wheel interview with Schapiro. Series VII, Artifacts, includes ERA and other jewelry, "campaign" (pinback) buttons, a sash worn at the 1978 national march for the ERA, and bumper stickers.

Biography of Beth S. Schapiro

Beth Susan Schapiro (born 1949), political consultant, feminist and social activist, obtained degrees from the University of Maryland (1971, B.S. in education) and Emory University (M.A., Ph.D., 1977; 1979, in political science). From 1971-1979, she taught in both public and private schools and colleges. Schapiro was active and held offices with several Georgia and national organizations including the Feminist Action Alliance, Inc., ERA Georgia, Inc. (formerly Georgia Council for the ERA), the Women's Political Caucus, and Women Business Owners, Inc. She was a founding member of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and a member of the Leadership Atlanta Board of Trustees. Schapiro was a strategist for numerous political candidates in Georgia and elsewhere, and her clients included many “firsts” – first woman, Black, Hispanic, Asian-American and/or openly gay candidate elected to a particular office. In addition to holding several appointed positions on both the local and state levels, Schapiro was Executive Director of Research Atlanta, 1981-1984, and began Beth Schapiro and Associates, a polling and strategic consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia in 1984. She has run the firm, now The Schapiro Group, Inc., ever since. In addition to other awards and honors, Beth Schapiro was inducted into the YWCA's Academy of Women Achievers in 1994 and was selected as Georgia Equality’s “Queen of the Political Jungle” in 2003. In 2009, she was honored as “SHERO of the Year” by the Georgia State University Women’s Collection.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Schapiro, Beth S., 1949-
Feminist Action Alliance
Georgia Women's Political Caucus
National Women's Political Caucus
Equal rights amendments--Georgia
Women in politics--Georgia
Georgia--Women in politics
Buttons (information artifacts)


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], [series title], Beth S. Schapiro papers, W002, Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women's Movement Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisitin Information

Gift of Beth Schapiro, July 5, 1995; September 15, 1995.

Processing Information

Processed by E. Lee Elzroth, October 1995. Revised by E. Lee Elzroth, September 1996; May 1997.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: An interview with Schapiro was conducted for the Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Collection (MSS# W008) in October 1995.

Separated Material

Separated material: The following newsletters have been filed in the Women's Printed Collection: The New ERA, ERA Georgia Newsletter, Inter-Action, W.B.O., Inc. Flash, W.B.O., Inc. News, Women Mean Business, On Campus with Women.

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