This guide is an introduction to the Schlesinger Library's holdings relating to the President's Commission on the Status of Women. The lists of manuscript/archival materials and published reports are meant to help you begin your research, but they are not complete lists of relevant materials.
The Commission was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to examine the needs and rights of women and to make recommendations for "the diminution of barriers that result in waste, injustice, and frustration." Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the Commission until her death in 1962. The Commission was aided by seven committees: the Committee on Civil and Political Rights, the Committee on Education, the Committee on Federal Employment, the Committee on Home and Community, the Committee on Private Employment, the Committee on Protective Labor Legislation, and the Committee on Social Insurance and Taxes. Each Committee compiled a report, which it submitted to the Commission, containing a summary of the Committee's findings and recommendations. The Commission was disbanded in October 1963 after the final report was submitted to the President.
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President Kennedy meeting with Esther Peterson, Virginia Allan, and Dr. Minnie C. Miles at the White House.
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