In the early 1970s a Women’s Studies Program began at California State University Long Beach. The program was considered a
controversial presence and complaints led to the firing of two faculty directors. This collection contains files covering
the Women’s Studies Program from its beginnings to the 1982 ACLU lawsuit against CSULB for the violation of rights. Materials
include memoranda, letters, reports, and newspaper clippings.
The first Women’s Studies courses were taught at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) in the early 1970s. In 1974
the Center for Women’s Studies was formed by faculty and students with the goal of developing an interdisciplinary minor within
American Studies and to develop a women’s resource center on the CSULB campus. Around this same time, the Associated Students
opened a student-run Women’s Referral Center in the Student Union. The presence of feminism the CSULB campus was a controversial
issue in terms of some of the course content, as well as whether the referral center should be limited to referrals or become
a women’s resource center. In 1982 right-wing activists targeted the center and the program director, Dr. Sondra Hale, and
Women’s Center director, Denise Wheeler, were fired. In response 13 faculty member and three students filed a lawsuit with
the ACLU against CSULB, charging the University with violations of the First and Fourth Amendments.
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