A Guide to the Patricia Fishback papers, 1973-2009 Fishback, Patricia, papers M 514

A Guide to the Patricia Fishback papers, 1973-2009

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library
Collection number M 514


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Repository
Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University
Collection number
M 514
Title
Patricia Fishback papers, 1973-2009
Extent
0.84 linear feet.
Creator
Fishback, Patricia D.
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Patricia Fishback papers, 1973-2009, Collection # M 514, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Patricia Fishback in 2013.

Biographical Information

Patricia Fishback is a feminist activist who lobbied Virginia delegates on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Ratification Council. She also engaged as an active member of the League of Women Voters of Virginia and the National Organization for Women (NOW).

Born in Lexington, Virginia in 1940, Fishback became a teacher of mathematics in the Richmond area. She taught in Henrico County public schools as well as acted as a specialist instructor at the Mathematics and Science Center of Richmond. Additionally, she was a founding member of the Greater Richmond Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 1986 and served on the governing board of the Junior Academy Science from 1984 to 1990.

Fishback became involved with the Virginia Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Council after its founding in 1974. The council was a coalition of women's rights groups, including NOW and the League of Women Voters, which lobbied politicians and led marches of the amendment's supporters throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. Fishback played an active role in the lobbying of politicians by writing letters and speeches on behalf of the council to urge delegates to support the ERA.

Fishback continues to advocate for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and women's rights in Virginia, remaining an active member of the League of Women Voters. She served as Coordinator of the Centennial Rally for Equal Rights in 2016 to commemorate the anniversary of suffragists beginning their protests in Virginia. She also spoke in support of the ERA at the Virginia Senate Rules Committee and the House Committee on Privileges and Elections in 2018.

Sources:

Patricia Davis Fishback, academic administrator, educator. (Weblink)

League of Women Voters Biennial Convention - 2017. (Article link)

Sullivan, Patricia. "Virginia's hopes of ERA ratification go down in flames this year." Washington Post, February 9, 2018. (Article link)

Wilson, Patrick. "Women pack committee rooms demanding Virginia debate Equal Rights Amendment." Richmond Times-Disptach, February 9, 2018. (Article link)

Scope and Content

The Patricia Fishback papers, 1973-2009, is a collection of feminist literature and materials used by Patricia Fishback during her career advocating for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the 1970s and 1980s. The materials consist of correspondence with state officials, news clippings, ERA promotional materials, and general feminist materials. The collection provides insight into the efforts of second-wave feminists in their fight to ratify the ERA in Virginia. The bulk of the collection is comprised of materials used by Fishback while working with the ERA Ratification Council. Included are ERA promotional materials such as pamphlets, flyers, bumper stickers, petitions, and buttons. Fishback's administrative files contain copies of the ERA Ratification Council's bylaws, membership lists, and selected meeting minutes from 1982 to 1989. Copies of winning submissions to the ERA Ratification Council's essay contest are also within the collection.

The correspondence is primarily between Fishback and Virginia members of Congress, requesting their support in upcoming votes for the ratification of the ERA on behalf of the ERA Ratification Council. Additional correspondents include other group representatives which made up the ERA Ratification Council such as the National Organization for Women.

The general feminist material in the collection consists of various handbooks regarding women's rights in Virginia and how the ERA would be able to improve and expand them. Guides, essays, and newsletters from organizations such as NOW explore the struggles women face daily and advocate for women to strive for meaningful change.

The news clippings include report of fluctuating support for the ERA in Virginia, as well as articles advocating for and against the proposed ratification. Other articles report on demonstrations across Virginia by ERA advocates. Also found in this collection are photographs of Fishback and other ERA supporters participating in protests and demonstrations in 1988.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Index Terms

  • Equal rights amendments -- Sources -- Virginia
  • Virginia Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Council
  • Women -- Political activity -- Virginia -- Richmond.
  • Women political activists -- Archives -- Virginia
  • Women's rights -- History -- 20th century -- Southern States

Container List

Box-folder 1 folder: 1
Articles and Newspaper Clippings
1973-2009
Box-folder 1 folder: 2
"Before Roe v. Wade" Essay Compilation
undated
Box-folder 1 folder: 3
Correspondence
1982-1993
Box-folder 1 folder: 4
Equal Rights Amendment Bumper Stickers
undated
Box-folder 1 folder: 5
Equal Rights Amendment Legislative Resolution Proposals and Agendas
1982
Box-folder 1 folder: 6
Equal Rights Amendment Legislative Reports
1982-1999
Box-folder 1 folder: 7
Equal Rights Amendment Promotional Buttons
undated
Box-folder 1 folder: 8
Equal Rights Amendment Promotional Literature
undated
Box-folder 1 folder: 9
Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Council Bylaws
undated
Box-folder 1 folder: 10
Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Council Essay Contest Entries
1984-1987
Box-folder 2 folder: 1
Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Council Meeting Minutes
1982-1989
Box-folder 2 folder: 2
Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Council Membership and Executive Committee Lists
1980-1983
Box-folder 2 folder: 3
Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Pamphlets and Flyers
1982-1985
Box-folder 2 folder: 4
Feminist Activism Handbooks and Guides
1974-1986
Box-folder 2 folder: 5
House of Delegates Equal Rights Amendment Voting Records
1982
Box-folder 2 folder: 6
Mailings and Newsletters Regarding Equal Rights Amendment
1979-2007
Box-folder 2 folder: 7
Petitions
undated
Box-folder 2 folder: 8
Photographs
1988, undated
Box-folder 2 folder: 9
Speeches and Statements
undated