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The President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) was
established in 1972 as an independent commission responsible to the President.
Composed of both men and women from the student body, faculty, and university
staff, PCOSW advises the President and other administrators on issues of
concern to women at the University such as the availability of child care,
lighting on campus and other safety issues, institutionalized sexism in the
hiring process, and the retention and tenure of women faculty. In its role as
advocate for women at OSU, PCOSW often responds publicly to developments and
traditions on campus that are seen as sexist and demeaning to women. In the
past, such controversies have included the continuation of the Ms. OSU Pageant
and the portrayal of a rape on a T-shirt produced by a OSU fraternity for the
annual Civil War game.
Series I is primarily made up of correspondence and memoranda, but also
includes reports. In addition to documenting the day-to-day administration of
the Commission in areas such as membership selection and the organization of
events and workshops, this series also reflects PCOSW's interaction with other
OSU departments and programs.
Series II consists of records generated by PCOSW committees,
subcommittees, and task forces and includes correspondence, memoranda, minutes,
questionnaire results, and reports. The issues addressed by these committees
include: faculty child care needs, lack of women faculty, the prevalence of
sexual harassment on campus, campus lighting and other safety issues, and
gender disparities among the graduate student population. Minutes of monthly
PCOSW meetings and memoranda on the meeting agendas constitute series III.
The reports and studies in series IV were generated or collected by
PCOSW and relate to the general climate for women at OSU and elsewhere in
academia. Subjects covered in these reports include: the status of women in the
Oregon System of Higher Education, availability of child care, women and
philanthropy, the salary gap between men and women in academia, OSU graduate
assistantships, OSU staff morale, and the OSU Women's Center. Series V consists
of membership lists. Brochures and announcements for PCOSW and events sponsored
by the Commission constitute series VI. Also included in this series are posted
announcements for OSU jobs.
Series VII contains organizational mission statements from PCOSW and the
Women's Institute. Series VIII consists of newspaper clippings from The
Oregonian and The
Corvallis Gazette-Times. Subjects addressed
in the articles include: the Ms. OSU Pageant,
Playboy Magazine's recruitment of OSU
students for its annual PAC-10 pictorial, fraternity t-shirt controversy, and
the neglect of date rape cases.
Use of the Collection
Preferred Citation :
President's Commission on the Status of Women Records (RG 159), Oregon
State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.
The records are organized into 8 series: I. Correspondence; II.
Committees and Task Forces; III. Minutes and Agendas; IV. Reports and Studies;
V. Membership Lists; VI. Brochures and Announcements; VII. Mission Statements;
and VIII. Newspaper Clippings.
Related Materials :
The Archives has other records that address and examine the climate for
women students, faculty, and staff at OSU, particularly with regard to the
recruitment and tenure of women faculty. These holdings include the Faculty
Senate Records (RG 44) and the Student Affairs Records (RG 102). There are also
PCOSW records in the record group for the President's Office (RG 13).
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series I: Correspondence, 1972-1997
General, 1972-1977, 1981-1996
Department Controversy, 1996
Survey Results: Questionnaire
on the PCOSW, 1997
Workshop: Barriers to
Mobility for Women-Achieving Parity for Women at OSU, 1995-1996