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Special Collections and Archives,
Simpson, Polly Brooks
"A Woman's Place" records
.25 linear ft.
in 1 box
Polly Simpson and others began “A
Woman’s Place,” a clearinghouse for women’s resources as
well as an organization for women, in June 1980. The collection consists of
business plans and membership materials pertaining to the organization and
activities of "A Woman's Place," 1980-1983.
Scope and Content of the Records
The collection consists of business plans and membership materials
pertaining to the organization and activities of "A Woman's Place," 1980-1983.
It includes forms and questionnaires for members, investment and meeting
announcement flyers, invitations to functions, calendars, and other printed
materials. Those from "Women's Faire '80" (May 31, 1980) concern a fair made up
of 30-40 information booths manned by organizations such as ERA Georgia, the
Rape Crisis Center, etc., which took place at the Unitarian-Universalist Church
of Atlanta. Directed by Polly Simpson, who was on the church's Board of
Trustees at the time, the fair offered guest speakers, a support group forum
for a variety of women's issues, food, music, games, and free child care.
Biography of Polly Brooks Simpson
Polly Brooks Simpson, civic activist and businesswoman, was born in
Atlanta, Georgia in 1939. After graduating from high school in Sparta, GA, she
attended Agnes Scott College (1957-1958) and earned a psychology degree (AB,
1962) from Georgia State University. She later received a Masters degree in
social work from Atlanta University (1978). Simpson has been involved in the
Georgia Council on Child Abuse since 1979, serving as board president for two
terms. In 1988, the Council named its Polly B. Simpson Distinguished Service
Award after her, and she became its first recipient. From 1980-1983 Simpson
served as the director of "A Woman's Place." She also organized and chaired
Georgia Voices for Children (1989-1990), an advocacy group whose efforts
resulted in the change of state child abuse laws. Other organizations that
Simpson has been active with are the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse
(1989-1995), Georgians for Children (1991-), and the Fulton County Child Abuse
Protocol Committee (1995-). In 1996, Simpson opened Vermillion, an Atlanta
gallery. She married Charlie Simpson in 1960 and has two daughters.
Polly Simpson and others began “A Woman’s Place,”
a clearinghouse for women’s resources as well as an organization for
women, in June 1980. In late December 1980 and early January 1981, AWP entered
into a purchase agreement regarding two houses on Monroe Drive that were to
become its permanent location. In order to be supported by the population it
served, AWP attempted to become one of two things: a limited partnership or a
corporation. Members were asked either to buy shares of its stock ($1/share,
250 shares minimum) or to become a limited partner (investing $2,500 minimum).
There was not enough financial support, and so the houses were not purchased.
In November 1981, a "temporary" space was set up at Broadview Plaza [now
Lindbergh Plaza] on the upper level arcade where meetings, art shows, films,
discussion and support groups, workshops and other programs were held. The
space also contained the organization's office, library, and a giant bulletin
board for the exchange of information. Open six days per week, AWP depended
entirely on volunteers for its staffing and administrative functions and on
donations for operating expenses.
The organization began producing a newsletter, A
Woman's Place, in 1981. In September 1983 the first issue of
Femme was produced, which was issued as an insert
to Atlanta's Creative Loafing newspaper. When AWP
closed its offices on September 30, 1983, the Georgia Women's Consortium, a
state-wide alliance of 32 organizations, took over the clearinghouse concept of
the older organization. Simpson continued to co-edit Femme, and when the name was changed to
Atlanta Woman in December 1983, she remained as
May 31, 1980
The Women's Faire takes place at the Unitarian-Universalist
Church of Atlanta. It is directed by Polly Simpson, who is on the Board of
Trustees at the church.
Polly Simpson, and others, begin AWP. Simpson's home address
is used for many of the "A Woman's Place" publications to follow.
December 1980/January 1981
A purchase agreement is signed by "A Woman's Place" to
purchase two houses on Monroe Drive for use as a permanent location for "A
May 11-August 11, 1981
The Monroe Drive houses are rented by "A Women's Place."
August 11, 1981
The deadline for purchasing the two houses, at 1579 and 1589
Monroe Drive, for the "A Women's Place" location.
November 1, 1981
"A Women's Place" is "temporarily" located at Broadview Plaza,
2581 Piedmont Rd. It is open 6 days a week.
June 1982-early 1983
The Broadview Address is still given for "A Women's Place."
"A Women's Place" is dissolved.
Simpson, Polly Brooks,
A Woman's Place (Atlanta,
Women in nonprofit
Georgia--Women in nonprofit
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[item], [folder title], "A Woman's Place" records, W013, Donna Novak
Coles Georgia Women's Movement Archives. Special Collections and Archives,
Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Gift of Polly Brooks Simpson, April 29, 1996.
Processed by Lee Elzroth with assistance from MAD, September 1996
Related materials in this repository: See
also Polly Brooks Simpson’s interview in Georgia Women's Movement Oral
History Collection (MSS# W008).
Separated material: During processing,
Newsletters which were accessioned as part of this collection, including
A Woman's Place, Femme, and Atlanta Woman,
have been removed to the Woman's Printed Collection: Periodicals.