DescriptionDistaff was the first and only feminist newspaper published in New Orleans. Founded in 1972, Distaff served as a forum for women's voices in politics, activism, and the arts. One of the few newspapers published by and for women in the Gulf South, Distaff covered a wide range of topics and issues, including reproductive rights, pay equity and women’s rights in the workplace, lesbian activism, the Equal Rights Amendment, literature and the arts, and women in politics. Issues were edited and produced by a coalition of New Orleans women known for their activism in political spheres. A preview issue was published in 1973 and the newspaper continued to be published until 1982. There was a hiatus in publication from 1976-1978.
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Distaff has been digitized and made available via the Tulane University Digital Library with the express permission of Mary Gehman, editor of Distaff, through her donation of a complete run of the paper to the Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library Special collections. The Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library Special Collections respects the intellectual property rights, as well as ethical, moral and traditional knowledge concerns of the many individuals who contributed to Distaff. Should the creators of any content in Distaff prefer that it not be made digitally available to the public, please contact the staff of the Newcomb Archives to discuss options for redaction and controlled access.