Curator's Letter



Gainesville in the 1960s

"The Florida Paper"

Sexual and Physical Abuse Resource Center

Gainesville Women's Health Center

The Women's Center



Further Reading





Digital Collection


A Timeline of Events that Affected the Development of Gainesville Women's Movement Community


In October, Beverly Jones co-founds Gainesville Women for Equal Rights, a group of professor wives and local school teachers dedicated to ending segregation in Gainesville.

Judith Brown meets Congress of Racial Equality leaders Betty Wright and Patricia Due Stephens and participates in CORE projects throughout North Florida.

After harassing gay and lesbian teachers, professors, and students in Gainesville and other liberal pockets of Florida for nearly 10 years, Florida State Senate votes to allow the Charley Johns Florida Legislative Investigation Committee to expire. 3
Beverly Jones and Judith Brown co-author "Towards a Female Liberation Movement" and attend the first Women's Liberation Meeting in Sandy Springs, Maryland where they share the paper with Chicago and New York feminists, who rename it "The Florida Paper." 1

Carol Hanisch relocates to Gainesville to start a "freedom for women" project through the Southern Conference Education Fund and to help in orgaizing the Gainesville Women's Liberation group (Gainesville Iguana Feb. 1998).

Gainesville Women's Liberation group sends Carol Giardina as a representative for the protest against the Miss America Pageant.


Kathie Sarachild joins Hanisch, Brown, and others in the Gainesville group, where she authors a consciousness-raising pamphlet.


Carol Hanisch authors "The Personal is Political" in the Gainesville student ghetto.


The Florida Alligator editor Ron Sachs runs an insert listing numbers to contact for abortion services in New York in protest of Florida Statute 797.02. His actions contribute to legalizing the dissemination of abortion information.


Female students start The Abortion Information Dissemination Service, a UF student organization that connected women to legal abortion services in New York.

Equal Rights Amendment passed by Congress.

After Byllye Avery is denied a rental house due to her status as an unmarried woman, local feminsts meet with City Hall representatives in order to secure marital status as part of the municipal discrimination code.

University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College develop Campus NOW.


Roe v. Wade decision legalizes abortion.

The Jacksonville Clergy Consultation Service begins serving women needing abortion services.

Maxine Margolis, Margaret Parrish, and Judy Levy secure employment records of all UF faculty and staff and contract an Atlanta Labor Relations Board employee to investigate the disparite salaries between men and women. They threaten suit against UF, who agrees to reform their discriminatory practices. Many of the gains made at this time, have since rolled back.


In April, housewives and female graduate students organize the Rape Information and Counseling Service (RICS), a 24-hour rape crisis hotline.

May 2nd, Byllye Avery, Joan Edelson, Judy Levy, and Margaret Parrish found the Gainesville Women's Health Center.


March 21st, Gainesville women attend the first Equal Rights Amendment parade in Tallahassee.

March 22nd, Women Unlimited found the Women's Center, a local base for community building and political action.

In May, Women Unlimited publish their first issue of WomaNews, a radical monthly feminist newsletter.

In June, Womanstore opens, the first feminist bookstore in Gainesville.


In April, Gainesville Women's Health Center presents the Southeastern Women's Health Conference at the J. Wayne Reitz Union at UF.


RICS officially expands its services to battered women and is now known as The Sexual and Physical Abuse Resource Center.

New co-owners change the name of Womanstore to "Amelia's."

SPARC assists in bringing a Rape Victim Advocate Program to the State Attorney's Office.

In June, UF Women's Studies Program is approved.

In July, Women Unlimited secures CETA grant.

By December, Alachua County Commission votes to cut CETA funding to the Women's Center.


In October, Judy Levy, Byllye, and Margaret Parrish establish the BirthPlace, one of the first seven freestanding birth centers in the United States.

The Women's Center and WomaNews cease operations, although Amelia's continues serving the community.


Carol Aubin and Gerry Green buy Amelia's from Bonnie Coates and Linda Basham.

March 22, 1979, original deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment, extended to June 30, 1982.


Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women founded.


Carol Aubin and Gerry Green close Amelia's.

Gainesville Area NOW founded.

Equal Rights Amendment not ratified by the June 30, 1982 deadline.


Byllye Avery launches the National Black Women's Health Project in Gainesville.


Lesbian-feminists found the Mama Raga monthly newsletter.

Florida School of Traditional Midfery founded, working in conjunction with the Birth Center of Gainesville.


Judith Brown and Carol Giardina revive the Gainesville Women's Liberation group.


The Gainesville Iguana, an alternative news source, founded and operated by Jenny Brown and Joe Courter.


Redstockings Archives for Action created.


Lavender Menace organized by women wanting to play sports together.

Gainesville Community Alliance founded.


Susan Keel and Kerry Godwin found Iris Books steps away from what used to be the building that housed Womanstore and Amelia's, the first two feminist bookstores in Gainesville.


Civic Media Center founded, an alternative library housing documents from local civil rights and women's movements.


Kathie Sarachild teaches a "Feminist Activism" course in the UF Women's Studies Program


Dotty Fiasbisy and Beverly White purchase Iris Books from former owners and alter its name to Wild Iris.


After nearly 25 years of serving the community, the Gainesville Women's Health Center closes (Gainesville Iguana Oct. 1997).


Cheryl Krauth and Lylly Rodriguez become the new owners of Wild Iris.


Cheryl Krauth and Lylly Rodriquez start Friends of Wild Iris, a non-profit tax-exempt volunteer organization.

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