The 1960s - Part 4
In 1969, the University established the Council for University Women's Progress, one of the first university-based women's action groups in the US. The council pressed several issues, including greater representation of women on faculty administration and Senate committees, to abolish nepotism, institute a new civil service grievance procedure, and to establish a child care center (although the Plan had had a small childcare cooperative run by students in place since 1961).
In April 1968, Minnesota Planning and Counseling Center for Women implemented a new service, offering students the opportunity to organize into special interest groups.
--From an April 1, 1968 Memorandum.
The Plan offered scholarships to women in need. Between 1961 and 1963, the Plan distributed $1500, in small sums of $75 to $200. Over time, the numbers of scholarships and the amounts each awarded grew.
In 1967, just over 3% of American working women earned $10,000 annually, compared to nearly 25% of men.
--From Business Week, August 1969.