Mildred Emory Persinger, Hollins College class of 1939, attended graduate school at Bryn Mawr and moved to Auburn University in Alabama to teach philosophy. She moved to New York City in 1942 with her husband, lawyer Richard Burwell (Dick) Persinger, where she joined the national board of the YWCA.

Mildred Persinger attended the United Nations' World Conference of International Women's Year, Mexico City, 1975, and was one of the founders of the International Women's Tribune Centre (La Tribuna), which emerged out of the Conference. This digital archive includes selected documents that highlight Persinger's international activism for six decades after 1940. Persinger played a crucial role in the emergence of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) as major players at the 1975 International Women's Year Conference and during the United Nations' Decade for Women that followed.

The digitized materials are grouped into 10 categories: Biographies, Brochures/Advertisements, Conference Materials, Conference Proceedings, Diaries/Memoirs/Autobiographies, Government/Court Documents, Letters, News Stories, Periodicals, Press Releases, Resolutions, and Speeches/Addresses. You may also use the search box on the left side of the screen to search for particular topics or materials within this collection.

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Biographies

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Draft Bio of Mildred Persinger (1985)

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Persinger Biographical Notes, 1963 March On Washington (1963)

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Personnel: Mildred E. Persinger (1978)

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Volunteer Service Timetable, 1969-1970, Mildred Emory Persinger (1970)

Brochures/Advertisements

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1975 poster: Astronomy, U.N. Symbol and Dove (1975)

Flyer, Mid-Decade Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark, 14-30 July 1980 (1980)

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International Women's Tribune Centre Flyer (1978)

International Women's Year, 1975 (1975)

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IWY 1975: American Association of University Women (Date unknown/approximated)

Kaleidoscope (1975)

Poster, United Nations Decade for Women: Equality, Development and Peace: world conference, Copenhagen, 14-30 July 1980 (Date unknown/approximated)

Tribune Flyer and Application (1975)

UNESCO Calendar 1975, D'Arcy Hayman (1975)

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Un Servicio de Comunicacion e Informacion Para Mujeres en Todo el Mundo (Date unknown/approximated)

Women of the World Meet Together (1981)

Conference Materials

Agenda, Monday June 30, 1975 (1975)

Background on Copenhagen (1980)

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Conference on the U.N. Decade for Women, Dean Acheson Auditorium, Department of State, September 12, 1979 (1979)

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Copenhagen Preparation, May, June & July, Mildred Emory Persinger (Date unknown/approximated)

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Establishment of Committees and Organization of Work: Item 4 of the Provisional Agenda (Date unknown/approximated)

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International Conference On Social Welfare, Puerto Rico, July 18-24 (1976)

International Women's Year Tribune, Program Annex, June 19, 1975 (1975)

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Introduction: IWY Description, Mildred Emory Persinger (1975)

Invitation to IWY Tribune 1975, Mildred Emory Persinger (1975)

IWY List of Geographic Origins of Participants (Date unknown/approximated)

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IWY/TP In a Nutshell, April 1977 (1977)

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IWY/TP In a Nutshell, July 1977 (1977)

IWY Tribune 1975: A Parallel Forum (1975)

IWY Tribune 1975: The Non-governmental Forum at the World Conference of the International Women's Year, Mexico City, June 23-July 4, 1975 (1975)

IWY Tribune 75 Report on Contributions and Expenditures, 1975 (1975)

IWY Tribune: Introduction (Date unknown/approximated)

List of Registrants, International Women's Year Tribune . . . 1975 (1975)

Memo: NGO Activities at the World Conference of the UN decade for Women, 7 April 1980, Elizabeth Palmer (1980)

Memo to Member Organizations and Representatives: Planning Committee for the 1980 World Conference of the UN Decade for Women, April 9, 1979 (1979)

Minutes of Meetings, Planning Committee for the 1980 World Conference on the United Nations Decade for Women (1979)

NGO Activities Parallel to the World Conference of the U.N. Decade for Women (1980)

NGO List of Participants and Addresses (1985)

Note for a Follow Up On Tribune, June 1975, Devaki Jain (1975)

Official Tribune Room Allocations for Monday, June 30 (1975)

Official Tribune Room Allocations for Tuesday, July 2, 1975 (1975)

Planning Committee: NGO Activities at the World Conference of the UN Decade for Women, Copenhagen, July 1980 (1980)

Preliminary Program, NGO Tribune at Mexico City (1975)

Program: Women's International Forum Honors Mrs. Lucille Mair (1980)

Seminar: Racial Discrimination and Its Effects on the Economic Rights of Women (1980)

The International Women's Year Committee of the Conference of U.N. Representatives, UNA-USA, Invitation (Date unknown/approximated)

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The United States Delegation to the United Nations Mid-Decade Conference for Women, Copenhagen, July 14-30, 1980, Sarah Ragle Weddington (1980)

Tribuna Program (1975)

Working Draft of Agenda, IWY Tribune 1975 (1975)

World Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations: Outline of Conference Decisions (Date unknown/approximated)

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World Conference of the International Women's Year, Mexico City, 19 June to 2 July, 1975. Current Trends and Changes in the Status and Roles of Women and Men, and Major Obstacles to be Overcome in the Achievement of Equal Rights, Opportunities and Responsibilities (1975)

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World Conference of the International Women's Year, Mexico City, 19 June to 2 July, 1975. World Plan of Action (1975)

Conference Proceedings

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59th Session, Agenda Item 5: International Women's Year, Note by the Secretary General (Date unknown/approximated)

Forum '85 : The 1985 Non-Governmental World Meeting for Women, Nairobi, Kenya. Workshop Programme, July 15-19 (1985)

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NGO Committee on International Women's Year. Minutes of Meeting Held February 20, 1974 (1974)

Reports from Copenhagen: Summaries and Impressions by Participants, November 1980 (1980)

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The Integration of Women in the Development Process as Equal Partners With Men: Item 10 of the Provisional Agenda (Date unknown/approximated)

Third World Craftswomen and Development (1975)

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Women's International Media Network: Conference Report, Washington D.C., April 16-19, 1982 (1982)

Diaries/Memoirs/Autobiographies

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Autobiographical Statement, Hollins 50th Reunion, Mildred Emory Persinger (1989)

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Mildred Emory Persinger As a Representative of the World YWCA, Mildred Emory Persinger (1996)

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Mildred Emory Persinger : Participation in International Women's Movement, Mildred Emory Persinger (1996)

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Mildred Persinger: Autobiography, Mildred Emory Persinger (Date unknown/approximated)

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Mildred Persinger Bio, Mildred Emory Persinger (Date unknown/approximated)

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Mildred Persinger Bio, 1985, Mildred Emory Persinger (1985)

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Mildred Persinger: YWCA Career, Mildred Emory Persinger (1995)

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On the Way to Houston, Mildred Emory Persinger (1977)

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Timetable: Some of the Opportunities Work With the YWCA Has Made Possible, Mildred Emory Persinger (1996)

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Volunteer Jobs, 1959: Mildred Persinger, Mildred Emory Persinger (1959)

Government/NGO/Court Documents

1975 Tribune Mexico: Organizing Committee and Staff (1975)

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Additional Addresses of Groups and Organizations (2003)

A Feminist View of Copenhagen, Equity Policy Center (1980)

Agenda 80's: Points of Reference Between the World Conference for the United Nations Decade for Women and the New International Development Strategy Special Session of the United Nations, Carmen Delgado Votaw (1980)

Agenda for the Eighties Workshop on Women, Carmen Delgado Votaw (1980)

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APCWD Women's Resource Book 1978 (1978)

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Appendix (Date unknown/approximated)

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A Proposal for Investigation (1975)

A Report from Copenhagen, Devaki Jain (1980)

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A Report on the Findings of an External Evaluation of the Work of the International Women's Tribune Centre, 1976-1986, United Nations Asian and Pacific Centre for Women and Development (1988)

A Request for Financial Support (1975)

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Background Summary, UN Decade for Women, Mildred Emory Persinger (1976)

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Background Summary: UN Decade for Women, Mildred Emory Persinger (1978)

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By-Laws of International Women's Tribune Centre, Inc. (1976)

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Comments Concerning a Draft Programme of Action for International Women's Year (1973)

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Communique, Berlin, Feburary 6, 1975 (1975)

Communique, Special Edition, 1975 (Date unknown/approximated)

Copenhagen and Onwards for Women, Carmen Delgado Votaw (1980)

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Curriculum Vitae, Mildred Emory Persinger (1983)

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Curriculum Vitae of Mildred Persinger, International Women's Tribune Centre, Mildred Emory Persinger (1978)

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Decade for Women: The Good News, Mildred Emory Persinger (1978)

Declaration of Mexico, 1975 on the Equality of Women and Their Contribution to Development and Peace (1975)

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Descriptions of Workshops of IWTC (1979)

Draft: Caribbean Resource Manual (Date unknown/approximated)

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Draft for Bulletin, Fall 1969: UN NGO Relations, Mildred Emory Persinger (1969)

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Draft Minutes, International Women's Tribune Centre, Inc.: Special Meeting of Board of Directors, February 15, 1978 (1978)

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Draft regarding National Commission on International Women Year, Mildred Emory Persinger (1978)

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Draft Statement to [UN] Commission on the Status of Women, 26th Session, Item 4B, Mildred Emory Persinger (Date unknown/approximated)

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Draft written by Mildred Persinger of Statement for Dr. Dorothy Height, March 8, 1978, Mildred Emory Persinger (1978)

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Equality and Development, The Interrelated Goals of IWY: A United States View, Caroline Farrar Ware (1975)

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Equal Partners: International Women's Year, 1975, Betty Claire Agree (1975)

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Equal Rights and Opportunities for Women: Preliminary Outline (1974)