MG-357. PENNSYLVANIA WOMEN’S LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COLLECTION, 1968-1981.
The Pennsylvania Women’s Legislative Exchange (PWLE) was
created in 1968 to act as a conduit for information regarding legislative actions pertaining to women in the Commonwealth. The PWLE is composed of representatives from more than twenty-five member organizations interested in legislative issues. The collection contains correspondence, publicity notices, programs, and brochures from member organizations and newspaper clippings, expense statements, workshop summaries, and evaluations of PWLE conferences. In addition, there are lists of organizational members, 1972-1978; a description of the guidelines and organization of the PWLE; and the minutes of the monthly exchange meetings, 1972-1978. African American members included Velma M. Strode, director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for the United States Department of Labor, 1971 (featured on the cover of Jet magazine, April 1964 and in a photograph of the sixth conference of PWLE in March 1974). The 1974 Legislative Conference book provides information on HB#1061 that was concerned with incentive grants for school desegregation, human relations, and training and HB#1783, a House Education Committee school desegregation plan.