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The Status of Women, 1963-2006

This collection documents the activities in Washington State to both examine the status of women in the state and to enact changes to better meet the needs of the modern woman. The digital collection consists of materials from four archival collections:

Records for the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, which was created by Governor Albert D. Rosellini in February 1963 to investigate and report on the legal, social, economic and political status of women in Washington State.

Records of the Washington State Women's Council, which was created in 1971 by an Executive Order of Governor Daniel H. Evans and tasked with considering “appropriate questions pertaining to the rights and needs of women in contemporary America and to make recommendations to the Governor and state agencies with respect to desirable changes in program and law".

Records of the Washington State Governor’s Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, a committee created in 1970 by Governor Daniel H. Evans and charged with determining what actions should be taken to ensure full equality for women in state government and under state law.

Documents and Reports on Comparable Worth in the State of Washington, which studied the possibility that women in state government were being paid less for performing similar jobs to men.