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Delve into Local Women’s History -- Delve into PPCWNY’s Archives

In the wake of Women’s History Month, are you itching to learn more about our foremothers – the trailblazing cisgender women, transgender women, femmes, and womxn who fought and fight for equality and social justice? Are you excited to learn more about local women’s history in particular?

Then you should consider checking out the PPCWNY archives in Rochester. They are housed at University of Rochester’s Rush Rhees Library, as part of the Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation collection.

Overseen by the Planned Parenthood Archives Advisory Committee, the collection boasts materials recounting PPCWNY’s development, such as photographs, oral histories, annual reports, board meeting minutes, and special events programs.

The Committee – currently co-chaired by Robbie B. and Betsy W. – was created in 2004 to ensure that the history of Planned Parenthood in Rochester (and now, the history of PP across our region) would be preserved for current and future generations. Early Committee members included Robbie and Betsy as well as Mary L., Carol M., Bernie S., Jean S., Tish P., Rachel P., and Carolyn S.

We’re so grateful to the Planned Parenthood Archives Advisory Committee for recognizing the importance of PP in our communities – and the necessity of preserving and sharing its history.

A black and white newspaper clipping of two women