What We're About
The purpose of the Women’s Network shall be to empower and support women through:
- education, including education of the community regarding women’s issues and concerns;
- communication among groups focused on women’s issues and between the Women’s Network and the public;
- initiation and coordination of action for improving the status of women.
The purpose of Bartlesville Women's Network shall be to provide support to women through (a) education and self-actualization; (b) communication among groups focused on women's issues, and between Womenís Network and the public; (c) initiation and coordination of action for improving the status of women; and (d) education of the community regarding womenís issues and concerns.
--Constitution and Bylaws, Article II
The Bartlesville Womenís Network was founded April 28, 1981, by a group of women (members of AAUW, B&PW, HERA, LWV, NOW and others not affiliated with formal organizations) who had worked together since 1974 for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Given the defeat of the ERA, they agreed to continue working together to improve the status of women in their own community.
In line with this purpose, one of the first projects focused on the local problem of domestic violence and resulted in the organization of Women and Children in Crisis, now Family Crisis Center. A later project involved raising initial operating funds for the newly founded Sexual Assault Safety Center.