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Letter from BCWO to President Kneller on Sex Discrimination

This letter to Brooklyn College president John Kneller informs him of the Brooklyn College Women's Organization's (BCWO) formation of "a Discrimination Committee to investigate charges of sex discrimination against any woman on campus, having [...]

Letter from President Kneller on Daycare Center

This letter from Brooklyn College President John Kneller demonstrates the level of engagement that feminist faculty and staff organizers of the Day Care Collective demanded from university leadership as they experienced dismissal after dismissal. [...]

Response to the Brooklyn College Women's Organization from President Kneller

In this letter addressed "Dear ladies," Brooklyn College President John Kneller's office delivers a dismissive response to complaints of sex discrimination and demands made by the Brooklyn College Women's Organization (BCWO). Kneller's office [...]

BWCO Response to President Kneller on Daycare

Responding to the dismissive tone of a letter from Brooklyn College President John Kneller's office, the Brooklyn College Women's Organization (BCWO) wrote: "The tone and content of the letter...does not convey the cooperative spirit of which you [...]

Brooklyn College Women's Organization Executive Meeting Invite

The letter to the Brooklyn College Women's Organization (BCWO) executive committee invites them to a meeting to plan for a general meeting later in the month. The invitation documents the activities of the first group to convene at the university to [...]

Brooklyn College Women's Organization Members List

The Brooklyn College Women's Organization (BCWO) was the first organized group of women faculty at Brooklyn College, brought together across departments to address women's issues at the university. BCWO was the birthplace of feminist activity and [...]

Program, Brooklyn College Feminist Festival

These two versions of a program for a feminist festival held in the early years of the Brooklyn College Women's Studies Program showcase the interdisciplinary concerns of the program, as well as their commitment to an active relationship between [...]

"Tough Times Ahead for Women"

Brooklyn College Women's Studies Program co-founder and professor of history, Renate Bridenthal, is featured in this Clarion article, which is the PSC-CUNY faculty union publication. The Clarion covered a speech Bridenthal gave at the CUNY Feminist [...]

"U.S. Court Rules Against City U. in Sex-Bias Suit"

Ten years after a class action lawsuit was filed in 1973 by 25 women faculty across CUNY campuses, a federal judge ruled that CUNY had "discriminated unlawfully against women on its teaching staff for 15 years by paying them less than men in [...]

"I Think That I Shall Never See a Plant as Repulsive as a Pea"

150 Brooklyn College students spent the summer of 1943 in Morrisville, NY picking peas and string beans by day and studying farm biology, geology, rural sociology, and war service courses in military topography and navigation. A Brooklyn College [...]

"Brooklyn College Defends Actions"

In May 1968, 42 demonstrators were arrested following a 16-hour sit-in at the Brooklyn College registrar's office. Their goal was to secure the admission of greater numbers of black and Puerto Rican students to the mostly-white college. In this New [...]

Brooklyn College - Handbills

279 digitized handbills and fliers from Student Union - Brooklyn College, Student Council and other student clubs such as Brooklyn College Young Communist League. The handbills cover an array of topics including war, peace, labor, and Academic [...]

Student Voices: Brooklyn College Oral Histories on WW2 and the McCarthy Era — Farm Labor

This website was a 2004 collaboration between the American Social History Project and Brooklyn College. In this Farm Labor Project section, the historical narrators describe participating in Brooklyn College's Farm Labor Project. These students, [...]

Student Voices: Brooklyn College Oral Histories on WW2 and the McCarthy Era — Civil Liberties 

This website was a 2004 collaboration between the American Social History Project and Brooklyn College. Redesigned in 2015 it chronicles student experiences with the college newspaper, the Vanguard, during a period in which civil liberties were [...]

SLAM! Student Meeting Flier

This flier was created by Brooklyn College SLAM! members to promote a meeting on campus to organize protests against a CUNY tuition hike in the spring semester of 1997.

No Cops, No Hikes — CUNY Wide Convergence

This flier for a May 10, 2012 protest at Hunter College, invited students to participate in a rally against both an increasing police presence on CUNY campuses and increasing tuition costs. In effort to rally supporters, the two groups responsible [...]

Oral History Interview with Renate Bridenthal

This oral history interview with Renate Bridenthal, a founding member of the Brooklyn College Women’s Organization, discusses the political climate at Brooklyn College from the 1960s through the 1980s amidst the historical backdrop of the various [...]

Rally Demanding Progress in Contract Negotiations

This photograph captures a rally held by the Professional Staff Congress during their deadlock with CUNY administration over the terms of a new contract in 1973. As negotiations stalled, the PSC held a number of rallies demanding that CUNY [...]

Belle Zeller Memorial Video

Produced in 1998 by the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the union which represents CUNY faculty and staff, this short memorial video celebrates the professional achievements of Belle Zeller, a “one-of-a-kind figure” in the history of CUNY. [...]

Rally against the Rapp-Coudert Committee: "Defend our Right to Freedom of Thought and Action"

Taken during the Rapp-Coudert Committee hearings sometime between 1940 and 1942, this photograph shows demonstrators protesting against the statewide hunt for "subversive activities" and persons in New York's public schools and colleges. Supporters [...]

Women's Studies Program Report of Activities

This report outlines the academic and outreach activities conducted by the Women's Studies Program at Brooklyn College during first year the BA was offered. This document offers a record of the establishment of program governance, collaborations [...]

Women's Studies Program Catalog

This catalog outlines the feminist perspectives and pedagogies used to establish the Women's Studies Program at Brooklyn College. The program was governed by a steering committee of faculty, students, and staff, and included co-coordinators who [...]

First Brooklyn College Women's Studies Program Poster

The first poster for the co-major in Women's Studies at Brooklyn College was created in 1974 by art department faculty member Fredrica Wachsberger, co-coordinator of the program from 1975-1979. Marketing efforts for the new program paid off, and the [...]

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