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|Size||About 560 items (2.5 linear feet).|
|Abstract||Martha C. McKay, women's rights activist, Democratic Party leader, and economist, was born in Winchester, Mass., in 1920. She received her B.A. in Economics in 1941 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The collection includes speeches, correspondence, and subject files relating to Martha C. McKay's activities as the founder of the North Carolina Women's Political Caucus and the National Women's Political Caucus, her efforts to garner support for the Equal Rights Amendment, and her efforts to promote economic justice and development for women.|
|Creator||McKay, Martha C. (Martha Clampitt), 1920- .|
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Martha Clampitt McKay was born in Winchester, Mass., on 16 May 1920. She is the daughter of Robert Hamilton Clampitt and Cornelia Morrison Clampitt. she married Herbert Stacy McKay in 1941. Their children are Alexander Stacy McKay, Bryan McNeil McKay (deceased), and Anna Katherine McKay. Martha McKay received her B.A. in Economics in 1941 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi.
McKay's political and governmental positions include the following: precinct committeman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, 1950-1975; secretary for the Precinct Democratic Committee, 1950-1960; member of the Sixth Congressional District Legislature Committee, 1960-1962; member of the North Carolina Democratic Executive Committee, 1960-1964; member of the Democratic National Committee, 1960-1964; delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 1964 and 1972; chairwoman of the Policy Council, National Women's Political Caucus, 1972; member 1972-1974; chairwoman of the North Carolina Women's Political Caucus, 1972-1974; assistant secretary for the Department of Administration, State of North Carolina, 1981-1985; co-manager of the Director of Finance to Terry Sanford for U.S. Senate; Special Assistant to Senator Sanford, 1987-1991; member of the Pinellas County (Fla.) Democratic Executive Committee, currently.
Martha McKay's business and professional positions include the following: member of the Comptroller's staff, North Carolina Shipbuilders, 1942-1945; owner of accounting and food service business, 1952-1965; assistant to the Executive Director of the North Carolina Fund, 1966-1967; Director of Special Projects for the North Carolina Manpower Development Corporation, 1967-1968; President of McKay & Associates, 1970- ; Adjunct Professor, Fuqua School of Business of Duke University, 1984; management consultant, currently.
Martha McKay currently resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.Back to Top
The materials in this collection pertain to the founding of the North Carolina Women's Political Caucus and the National Women's Political Caucus, McKay's efforts to garner support for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and her work concerning pay equity in North Carolina state government.Back to Top
Arrangement: roughly chronological.
This series contains speeches delivered by Martha McKay to various groups around the country, including high-schools and the President's Advisory Committee. Her speeches pertain to the founding of the North Carolina Women's Political Caucus, the national Women's Political Caucus, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and economic justice and development for women.
McKay's speeches are in roughly chronological order, and have been arranged as they appear on the list placed at the front of folder 1, with a few exceptions. Three of McKay's speeches ("The North Carolina Women's Political Caucus: elements of Success Presentation to the St. Louis, Mo., Women's Political Caucus," "the Art of the Possible through Politics, Talk to BPW Annual spotlight on Women, Chapel Hill," and "Address and Workshop, State Gov't Personnel Officers, McKimmon Center, Raleigh") that appear on the list of speeches submitted with her papers were not found. These speeches may be found in the "Speech Materials" folders.
McKay's "Speech Materials" includes rough drafts of speeches, and newspaper and journal clippings she incorporated into her speeches.
McKay's correspondence concerns her efforts in the formation of the North Carolina Women's Political Caucus and the National Women's Political Caucus. There is also a significant number of letters in this series that pertain to McKay's attempts to garner support for the ERA.
The subject files are arranged alphabetically with the original names of the files and the original order of the contents of each folder maintained. the subject files contain information concerning Jim Hunt's involvement with the National Women's Political Caucus and the North Carolina Women's Political Caucus, and materials regarding pay equity in the workplace.