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Greater Boston Chapter of the Older Women's League records

Identifier: M196


Per its mission shared with the National Older Women's League (OWL), the Greater Boston OWL was “a voluntary membership organization that addresses social, economic, and political concerns of midlife and older women through advocacy, education and empowerment.” The Older Women's League began as a national organization in 1980 following the White House Mini Conference on Aging in Des Moines, Iowa. The Greater Boston OWL Chapter began with 15 women in the spring of 1982 as a part of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and became a regional chapter in September of that year. The Greater Boston OWL was active in local, state, and national campaigns supporting caregivers, medication issues, social security and healthcare. In 2001, the national organization changed its name to OWL- the Voice of Midlife and Older Women. In 2004, the Eastern Massachusetts OWL chapter split off from the Greater Boston OWL in order to reach a wider, urban population. In 2010, the chapters joined once again to become the Eastern Massachusetts OWL chapter.


  • Creation: circa 1983-2010
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 2000-2008


Language of Materials

Materials in the collection are entirely in English.

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.


Older Women's League starts at the White House Mini Conference on Aging
Shelley Rubin calls formation meeting, 15 people attend; Greater Boston chapter becomes a provisional chapter of the Older Women's League
Greater Boston Chapter adopts its bylaws
General body elects Betty Soldz president
Votes to change Coordinating Committee to Board of Directors; Eastern Massachusetts OWL splits off from Greater Boston chapter
Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Economic Security for Women event; member Ellen Bruce speaks before State Caucus on Older Citizens' Concerns
Betty Soldz resigns due to poor health
Merges with Eastern Massachusetts chapter


.50 cubic feet (2 containers)

System of Arrangement:

Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Received from Mary Leno, member of Greater Boston OWL, in October 2010.

Related Archival Materials:

For materials soliciting support from other Boston organizations in the 1980s, consult the Freedom House, Inc. papers (M016), Box 59.


  • Eastern Mass Owl. “Newsletter.”
  • OWL-The Voice of Women over 40. “History.” OWL National.


Finding aid for the Greater Boston Chapter of the Older Women's League Records
Finding aid prepared by Martha Pearson
March 17, 2014
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