Brigham Young University. Women's Research Institute
- Existence: 1978 - 2009
The Women's Research Institute (1978-2009) was created at Brigham Young University to provide resources and educate female students and facilities on women's issues and areas of research within.
The Women's Research Institute was established under the direction of university president Dallin H. Oaks and Marilyn Arnold, the president's assistant on women's issues, in 1978. The institute existed to educate female students regarding gender-related personal challenges; provide women throughout the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with opportunities to learn about and discuss women's issues particularly as they pertain to spiritual development; improve the professional life for female faculty members at Brigham Young University; and promote the scholarly study of women's development and contributions to families, communities, and societies. The institute was abolished in 2009.
Institute directors included Ida Smith (1978-1983), Mary Stovall (1983-88), Marie Cornwall (1989-93), Donna Lee Bowen and Carol Ward (co-directors, 1993-1994), and Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill (1994-2009).
Citation:Frazier, K.P. Bibliography of social, scientific, historical and popular writings about women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1990: t.p. (Women's Research Institute, Brigham Young University)
BYU organizational history project, Oct. 22, 2011: Women's Research Institute (WRI; resources and educate female students, facilities, women's issues; President Oaks, Dr. Marilyn Arnold; 1978; educate female students regarding gender-related challenges; spiritual development; improve female faculty professional life; scholarly study of women's development and contributions; abolished 2009; funded through College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences; directors: Ida Smith (1978-1983), Mary Stovall (1983-88), Marie Cornwall (1989-93), Donna Lee Bowen and Carol Ward (co-directors, 1993-1994), and Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill (1994-2009))
Found in 28 Collections and/or Records:
Contains subject files related to the Young Women program of the Church. Materials date from between approximately 1978 and 1997.
Collection contains subject files, correspondence, reports, programs, newsletters, and other items documenting the activities of the Women's Research Institute.
Contains information gathered by the Women's Research Institute at Brigham Young University regarding women and their social, legal, economic, and educational statuses. Also included is information regarding organizations and conferences on the topics listed above, 1973-1992.
Contains the records of the Women's Research Institute regarding the general conditions of women. Records include information on child development and child care, the economic and legal status of women, resources available to women, information on the women's movement and the Equal Rights Amendments, women's health issues, including abortion, fertility, and depression, women's history, gender roles, and women and religion, 1973-1992.
Contains records on information collected by the Women's Research Institute concerning education and employment for women. This includes statistics from Brigham Young University on student enrollment and faculty, research on women at BYU, educational resources for women, gender equity in education and the implications of Title IX, and women in occupational settings, 1974-1989.
Contains records from the Women's Research Institute regarding organizations and conferences related to women and women empowerment. Includes records from the Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns at Brigham Young University, various conferences given on various topics relating to women, BYU lectures and devotionals, Women's Conference, and organizations existing for women and their conferences, 1973-1989.
Contains reports related to the Women's Research Institute. Materials date from approximately 1978 to 1983.