Projects grew out of Liberation School classes, CWLU chapters and CWLU workgroups. Some predated CWLU.
Abortion Clinic Evaluation Project
After the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 legalized abortion, it became obvious that an evaluation of abortion providers was desperately needed. HERS organized the Abortion Clinic Evaluation Project to help women find decent and humane abortion services and help expose abortion providers who were doing a poor job.
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Chicago Women's Labor History Group
The Chicago Women's Labor History Group originally came together as part of a Liberation School class. They produced a slide show of Chicago women's labor history.
Committee to End Sterilization Abuse
Sterilization of women for "population control" or for unnecessary "medical" reasons was a serious problem that the Committee to End Sterilization Abuse(CESA), tried to address. Started with the help of several prominent Hispanic organizations, CESA was able to reach out beyond the CWLU's traditionally largely white membership.
With colorful names like Little Porcupines and Sojourner Truth, these cooperative childcare groups helped CWLU mothers to remain active in the organization.
UIC Women's Studies Program
An outgrowth of the CWLU affiliated Circle Women's Union (UIC was then known as the University of Illinois-Circle Campus), the UIC Gender and Women's Studies Program is still going strong.
The Speakers’ Bureau and speakers policy arose shortly after the CWLU was formed. It was the time when people were interested in getting a women’s liberation spokeswoman on every talk show, church forum and college campus in the country. When requests came to the Union we would at first suggest women representatives from our membership who volunteered to speak publicly.
List of Projects
Year Formed Project
1967 Women's Radical Action Project (WRAP)
1970 Speakers’ Bureau
1970 ACLU Caucus
1970 Play Groups
1970 Political Education Committee
1972 Abortion Clinic Evaluation Project
1973 Chicago Women's Labor History Group
1973 National Outreach Committee
1974 Committee to End Sterilization Abuse
1975 UIC Women's Studies Program
1975 Gay Caucus for APHA
1976 ERA Mobilization