The Tish Sommers Papers include speeches and working papers, extensive correspondence with legislators and women's movement activists from 1970 to
1985. It also includes: photographs, drafts of published and unpublished manuscripts and research papers, newspaper clippings
and publicity materials, organizational papers (correspondence, reports, fund raising and financial records), audio-visual
material, awards, personal items, books and periodicals, and other miscellaneous items.
Tish Sommers was most known as an advocate of women's rights, especially older women's rights. She chaired NOW's Task Force
on Older women in the 1970s, and in 1980 founded the Older Women's League (OWL). OWL is an advocacy organization with chapters
across the country which has had political influence on many issues of importance to older women such as Social Security,
pensions, health care and health insurance.
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