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OWA Founding Membership at the SF Art Institlute 1973 (photo: Jeremiah Bragstad)

Our History


by Inge Horton   


In the early 1970's, the Women's Movement in the United States gained momentum and helped women to become aware of their unequal status in society and pursue change. Women's studies courses at universities, popular magazines like Gloria Steinem's Ms. for Women, and demonstrations for equal rights all caused women to question the validity of male role models and rules in society and to demand equality.

The unequal situation of women in the male-dominated field of architecture was brought to light in a long and well-researched article by Ellen Perry Berkeley in the respected architectural magazine, Architectural Forum, in September 1972. The article gave many examples of overt and covert discrimination of women in architecture, landscape architecture and planning, most noticeable in lower pay and less opportunity for promotion than for men. Encouraged by the examples of other women's professional organizations around the country, women architects started to get together in support of each other and to overcome their second-class professional status.

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Special Events and Publications


1983
OWA 10th Anniversary Brochure


1986
Architectural Tour '86


1993
OWA 20th Anniversary Year



2003
OWA 30th Anniversary Year


2009
OWA-AIA reception and Exhibition


2009
OWA Architecture and the City Exhibition: Building the City


2010
OWA Architecture and the City Exhibition:
Urban Vitality


2013
40th Anniversary Year Events


2013
40th Anniversary
History of OWA
Publication

Jean Nilsson, Ed.


2013
40th Anniversary Symposium


2013
40th Anniversary Exhibition


In conjunction with the Symposium


2013
40th Anniversary Gala

Recurring Events and Publications


1973-2003
Posters


1973-present
Group Photos


1973-1975; 2002-present
OWA Newsletter Archive


2006-present
OWA Retreats





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