On November 14th, 1972, the Marquette chapter of the Zonta club officially held their first meeting. They were a group dedicated to empowering women through acts of service and advocacy, and also preventing discrimination against women everywhere. The women’s rights movement had been building over the previous two decades, with the FDA’s approval of birth control in 1960; the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique; the founding of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1963, which was the largest feminist group in America; the fateful Roe vs. Wade supreme court case, which officially made abortion legal; and many, many more. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Zonta club would be formed all over the country for the support of women. The Marquette chapter has received numerous awards from NMU, the city of Marquette, as well as from the head branch of the Zonta club in recognition for outstanding service and achievement. They formed committees for service as well as to research the status of women. Around the UP, these women volunteer at schools and museums, promoting education among children and adults. Far from being a simple feminist group, these women choose to promote women’s rights not through fighting, but through showing how much good women can do for their communities.
The Zonta Club records, MSS-006, consist of seven boxes of financial records, correspondence, minutes, bylaws, conference records, newsletters, newspaper articles, and more. Stop by the archives and see them! We are open Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10 AM-5 PM and Tuesday/Thursday 10 AM-7 PM.
Written by Grace Menter