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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Government/NGO/Court Documents

Excerpts From the World Plan of Action (1975)

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Fact Sheet: NGO Special Project to Follow Up on IWY Tribune (1976)

Fact Sheet: United Nations World Conference of the International Women's Year (1975)

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Following up on the IWY Tribune (1976)

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Follow-Up Project Advisory Committee (1975)

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Follow-up Project Financial Report, October 20, 1976 (1976)

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Funding Submission for 1979-1980 (1979)

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Gist, August 1974 (1974)

Guidelines for Conduct of IWY Tribune Sessions, June 19, 1975 (1975)

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History of the International Women's Tribune Centre, 1975-1983 (Date unknown/approximated)

Hotline International Report on International Women's Year/Conference, Glen Leet (1975)

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Iconet (1979)

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Ideas on Proposal Writing and Financial/Technical Assistance (1982)

Implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women to the Year 2000 (Date unknown/approximated)

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Incoming Monthly Correspondence Analysis: April 1980 (1980)

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International Women's Year: A Brief Guide for Program Planners, Unakit Guide (1974)

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"International Women's Year," Congressional Record, September 24, 1974 (1974)

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International Women's Year: Draft to be discussed April 17th (Date unknown/approximated)

Inter-Office Memorandum: World Conference of the International Women's Year, to David E. Bell, Executive Vice President, Ford Foundation, from Adrienne Germain, program officer, Ford Foundation, Adrienne Germain (1975)

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It Should Be Noted (Date unknown/approximated)

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ITWC Programme Highlights, 1981-1982 (1982)

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IWTC Personnel (Date unknown/approximated)

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IWTC Working Notes, #1: IWTC and Its CPT, The Story of a Small International Women's Organisation and Its Word Processor (1983)

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IWY/TP Management Committee List of Names and Affiliations (1976)

IWY Tribune Group letter, Mildred Emory Persinger (1975)

IWY Tribune: Organizing Committee Meeting, January 9, 1975 (1975)

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Looking Ahead: International Women's Tribune Centre Project Proposal, 1987-1988 (1988)

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Master List 1977 Funding Requests - U.S.A. (1977)

Memo—Non-Governmental Forum, World Conference of International Women's Year, Mildred Emory Persinger (1975)

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Memo, International Women's Year, December 22, 1974, Ann Heller (1974)

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Memorandum II On the Program and Work of the International Study Center (1943)

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Memorandum: Projects In Progress, Latin American Project Planning Manual for Women In Development (1979)

Memorandum to IWY Tribune Organising Committee, Mildred Emory Persinger (1975)

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Message to New Zealand Women's Meeting, May 18, 1977, Mildred Emory Persinger (1977)

Mexico Contact List, Lili Hahn (1975)

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Mid-Year Report, June 1978 (1978)

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Mid-Year Report: June 1979 (1979)

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Minutes, IWTC Special Meeting, August 30, 1979 (1979)

Nairobi Notes (1985)

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National Women's Media Project (1981)

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NGOs and International Women's Year 1975, Sally Swing Shelley (1974)

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Notes On IWTC Beginnings (1983)

Notes on Meeting of NGO Sub-Committee, Karen Strong (1975)

Only the Beginning: A Blueprint for Equality (1975)

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Organizational Details and Rationale (Date unknown/approximated)

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Post-Nairobi Productions from IWTC (1985)

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President's Report, Rosalind W. Harris (1983)

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Probably the Most Widely Representative Group of Women, Mildred Emory Persinger (1975)

Program Contributors (1975)

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Progress Report of IWY Tribune, August 1976 (1976)

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Progress Report On ITWC's Networking Support Plan, October 27, 1981 (1981)

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Project Presentation: Including Report of Activities and Funding Submission (1979)

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Proposed Budget for IWY Tribune Project, September-May 1976-1977 (1976)

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Questions and Answers on the World Conference of the International Women's Year (1975)

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Questions and Thoughts, June 10, Mildred Emory Persinger (1976)

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Ratification of International Conventions for Women (Date unknown/approximated)

Report, International Women's Year Tribune, 1975 (1975)

Report on the Tribune Speakout, Maxine Hitchcock (1975)

Report on Vivencia at the NGO Forum, Copenhagen, July 14-24, 1980 (1980)

Responses to Questions Put By Carol Goodstein, A Researcher for Mother Jones, Mildred Emory Persinger (1982)

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Rights of Women: A Workbook of International Conventions Relating to Women's Issues and Concerns (1983)

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

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Some Observations from a UN Observer, Mildred Emory Persinger (1976)

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Statement by Mrs. Maj-Britt Sandlund, 4 March 1975, Maj-Britt Sandlund (1975)

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Statement of Findings: International Women's Year Disarmament Seminar, 9 May 1975 (1975)

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Statement of Grants Promised for Year October 1977 - October 1978 (1978)

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Statement on Behalf of Several Voluntary Organizations by Mrs. Mildred Persinger. June 2, 1972, Mildred Emory Persinger (1972)

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Suggested Names for Nomination to IWY/TP International Advisory Group (1976)

Suggested Revisions to the United Nations World Plan of Action for International Women's Year (1975)

Summary of Preparations for 1975 IWY Tribune, Mildred Emory Persinger (1975)

Summary of the second review and appraisal of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women (Date unknown/approximated)

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Tentative File Card System (1976)

The Challenge of Nairobi: Learning from the Past To Build a Better Future (Date unknown/approximated)

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The Creative Woman: A Report of the Committee on the Arts and Humanities (Date unknown/approximated)

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The Involvement of Women in Strengthening International Peace and Eliminating Racism and Racial Discrimination: Item 8 of the Provisional Agenda (Date unknown/approximated)

The IWY Tribune 1975 (1975)

The NGO Forum, Copenhagen 1980, Line Robillard Heyniger (1980)

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The Non-Governmental Forum: Perspectives, Nairobi '85, Mildred Emory Persinger (1985)

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The Situation and Status of Women Today: Some Essential Facts (1974)

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The Tech and Tools Book: A Guide to Technologies Women Are Using Worldwide, Joanne Sandler (1986)

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U.N. Emblem for International Women's Year 1975 Emphasises Equality (1974)

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United Nations Calls on Member States to Make Significant Progress for Women During 1975--International Women's Year (1974)

Untitled (1975)

Washington Press Club Session on IWY (1975)

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Ways and Means, Part Nine (Date unknown/approximated)

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What is International Women's Year (1974)

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What Is International Women's Year (1974)

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Woman: The Password is Action (Date unknown/approximated)

Women: Drama, Passion and Tears at the Copenhagen Conference, Jill Severn (1980)

Women Helping Women (Date unknown/approximated)

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Women's Liberation: International (1971)

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Women's Opportunity Giving Fund: Project Assessment by Contact Persons (1977)

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Working Notes on IWTC Internationalisation (1985)

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World Plan of Action for the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Women's Year (Date unknown/approximated)

Letters

Letter from Adrienne Germain to Mildred Persinger, September 4, 1975, Adrienne Germain (1975)

Letter from Alice Paquier to Elizabeth Palmer, October 22, 1979, Alice Paquier (1979)

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Letter from Anna Selig to Mildred Persinger, July 18, 1944, Anna Selig (1944)

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Letter from Anne Walker to Joan Swingler, May 12, 1977 (1977)

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Letter from Annie Jiagge to Mildred Persinger, December 13, 1977, Annie Jiagge (1977)

Letter from Betssy Wilches de Rodriguez to Mildred Persinger, June 4, 1975, Betssy Wilches (1975)