Papers, 1963-1978, 3.75 ft.
Formed in January 1973, the Coalition was reorganized in 1975 as a public interest lobby to secure ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the federal constitution by South Carolina. The Coalition was co-funded by the League of Women Voters and the National Organization for Women and headed by Keller Bumgardner (later Barron) as legislative coordinator to handle political strategy and Janet Wedlock as field coordinator to organize constituent lobbying. South Carolina is one of fifteen states that did not ratify the amendment.
Collection Finding Aid
The collection chiefly consists of the office files of the Coalition, including research files on such diverse subjects as Athletics, Black Women and Disadvantaged, Credit, Divorce and Domestic Relations, Education, ERA and the Military, Human Relations, Insurance, Local Government Consolidation, Voting and Elections Laws, Welfare, Women and Work, and material on the filing of the ERA bill in the S.C. House of Representatives and its subsequent tabling on March 26, 1975. Also present are files of Mrs. Bumgardner as President of the League of Women Voters of S.C., 1967-1971, and as a member of the Richland County-City of Columbia Study Commission, 1971-1972.
Keller Bumgardner Barron Papers