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Sister Courage records

Identifier: M123


Sister Courage was an all female, volunteer collective newspaper dedicated to providing a forum where women could contribute their experiences and ideas while developing feminist theory. This non-profit feminist newspaper was founded in 1974 by 40 women to address issues such as health, day care, housing, union organization, and employment. The goals of the newspaper were to improve communication among Boston area women's groups, develop feminist theory and strategy, and analyze the way capitalism and sexism reinforced each other. The group worked diligently for almost a year writing grant proposals, soliciting advertising, and preparing articles before finally publishing the first issue of Sister Courage in October 1975. Sister Courage relied solely on women volunteers who worked collectively on the day-to-day operations of putting out a monthly newspaper. In December 1977, the newspaper ceased publication for two months to reorganize the collective work system it had been operating under. Prior to this shutdown, Sister Courage had been the longest running women's publication in the Boston area. When the newspaper began publishing again in March 1978, the small group of remaining volunteers realized that they could not put out a weekly newspaper and work to develop a consistent political ideology for Sister Courage. In June 1978, the newspaper was forced to stop publication permanently due to lack of financial resources and support from the all-volunteer staff and the feminist community. The newspaper was in debt when it closed its doors and had to hold a fundraiser to reimburse its subscribers. Despite the end of Sister Courage, members remained optimistic about the future of the Women's Movement: "We hope that we and others will learn from our mistakes and that we will all go on to other political work where we can use this knowledge meaningfully" (Letter to Friends of Sister Courage, 1978. Box 1).


  • Creation: 1974-1980


Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.


0.6 cubic feet (2 containers)



System of Arrangement:

Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.

Physical Location

63/2, 64/2


Finding aid for the Sister Courage Records
Finding aid prepared by Dominique Tremblay
November 2006
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Snell Library
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US