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Correspondence is chronological; subject files and newspaper clippings are alphabetical. Photographs, video tapes, and audio tapes are unarranged.
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Roxcy O'Neal Bolton, pioneer feminist, was born in 1926 in Mississippi. She was a businesswoman and active in Democratic Party organizations. She married Commander David Bolton U.S.N. who later acted as president of Men for ERA. In 1966, Bolton helped form Florida's National Organization for Women, serving as charter president of the Miami Chapter and National Vice President in 1969. She founded Women in Distress, a non-profit agency providing emergency housing, rescue service and multi-discipline assistance to women in situations of personal crisis.
In 1974 she was instrumental in establishing the Rape Treatment Center, the first of its kind at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. That same year Bolton organized Florida's first Crime Watch meeting to help stem crime against women. She has served on many boards and commissions and has been the recipient of numerous awards relating to her work in women's rights.
This collection consists of the personal papers of Roxcy O'Neal Bolton, including correspondence, subject files, newspaper clippings, photographs, audio tapes, videotapes, and notebooks. The records document Bolton's role in the women's movement for equal rights, and specifically document her involvement in the National Organization for Women, the creation of Women in Distress, and the Rape Treatment Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
The papers document numerous issues of concern to Roxcy Bolton, both relating specifically to the women's movement and more generally to human rights and social welfare issues, including abortion rights, rape, sex discrimination in employment and education, sexual harassment, sexism in the media, domestic violence, the Equal Rights Amendment, and preserving and recognizing women's history. The collection includes correspondence with figures of state and national prominence in the women's movement, politics, and public life, as well as papers relating to Bolton's personal and family life.
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Miami-Dade Community College. University of Miami. Florida International University.
Women's health services Florida Women's rights Florida Women History 20th century Florida Women Societies and clubs Florida Equal rights amendments. Universities and colleges Florida Women political activists Florida Abortion Florida Abused women Florida Sex discrimination against women Florida Sexual harassment of women Florida Discrimination in employment Florida Discrimination Florida
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National Organization for Women.
Florida. Governor's Commission on the Status of Women.