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Women's Policy Group:

A Guide to Its Records 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

May 2011

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Heather Howell, 2011.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Women's Policy Group
Title:Women's Policy Group records
Dates: 1990-2008
Quantity: 10 linear ft. (in 21 boxes)
Identification: W094

Organization of the Records

Organized into six series:
Series I. Administrative Records
Series II. Office Files
Series III. Legislative Records
Series IV. Programs and Projects
Series V. Key Issues
Series VI. Media Information

Scope and Content of the Records

Correspondence, minutes and agendas, printed material, financial documents, legal documents, and photographs make up the records of Women's Policy Group (WPG). The records are organized in six series. Series I: Administrative Records, 1993-2008, includes records of the executive director and the board of directors. Series II: Office Files, 1991-2005, has 5 subseries and includes financial records, grant and personnel information. Series III: Legislative Records, 1997-2005, documents legislative activities, including lobbying. Series IV: Programs and Projects, 1991-2006, includes materials about brown bag conferences and the Georgia Women's Assembly. Series V: Key Issues, 1994-2005, includes detailed records on many organizations and issues. Series VI: Media Information, 1991-2005, includes printed material concerning WPG events and the organization itself.

History of Women's Policy Group

Originally established in 1988 as the Women and Children's Policy Group, the Women's Policy Group (WPG) is a non-profit organization in the state of Georgia with an office in Atlanta. With Stephanie Davis as its first executive director, WPG initially had a two-part mission: to be "a source of research and information for legislators considering policies affecting women," as well as "a convenor of women for an annual meeting on shared policy concerns and interests." Because of its focus on the legislature, the organization wanted to have a voice at the Georgia General Assembly. This created the need for two separate organizations: the Women's Policy Education Fund (which is tax-exempt and recently changed its name to Georgia Women for a Change) and the Women's Policy Group (still so named and not tax-exempt). Although separate, the two organizations share their main mission, which is to bring interested parties together to study the problems that keep women and their families underemployed, impoverished, and underserved in order to find workable solutions. Over the years, the organizations have produced a number of important research papers and projects on a variety of issues impacting women.

When the WPG first met as a group, members decided that they did not want to be a formal organization, but rather preferred to meet regularly in order to learn about issues of importance, including child care, child support, health issues, employment issues, violence against women and children, reproductive freedom, and tax policies that particularly affect women and children. A steering committee was formed to be responsible for continued communication and programming.

For 20 years the WPG raised enough money to be able to hire a lobbyist to represent women's voices in the Georgia General Assembly, which has been vital to the organization's success. Much of this money was raised through auctions organized solely by volunteers. Funds were also raised by individuals, corporations, and foundations to convene the annual Women's Assembly which drew at least 100 participants every year for 20 years (typically with a national speaker). Over the years, the WPG has held monthly "Brown Bag Forums" that are be open to everyone and which serve as a vehicle for exploring problems and solutions for issues. It has also maintained a very successful "Bookmark" series which was developed as a way to inform legislators and others working at the Capitol about critical issues affecting women.

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.

Women's Policy Group--Archives
Women in politics--Georgia
Atlanta (Ga.)


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

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.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], [series title], Women's Policy Group Records, W094, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Separate accessions received from Women's Policy Group and Stephanie Davis, both in 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Casey Cater and Heather Howell, 2010-2011.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

Chris Carroll and Phyllis Holmen Papers, both currently unprocessed, form part of the Women's Collection, and two interviews with Stephanie Davis were conducted for the Activist Women's Oral History Project. These interviews have not yet been transcribed. The records of Georgians for Choice (W078) are fully processed and available for research.

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