Concert 7 pm June 15th
(Partial Proceeds to benefit the Laura X Archive Project)

"For Pete's Sake"

Honoring Laura's friend and friend of everyone, Pete Seeger! With Anne Feeney and Brad Yoder, super singer songwriters

See this link for the press release for this concert:

Note seating is limited to 48 at the Marriott Residence Inn Galleria, so please act fast to RSVP to, and you will pay at the door. If you cannot come, please sponsor the concert. (To donate online see just below.)

(LAURA X ARCHIVE PROJECT 3/8/2014: This just below is the short version.  See fuller version starting with the FAQ in this link:
Women's History Archive Project funding request)

How to Donate to the Laura X Archive Project:

- Go to and click on the gold "Give to UMSL" box on the bottom right of the screen.
- Click on "Make a Gift Online."
- For "Gift Destination" select "Other."
- Type in "Laura X Archive Project."

The Laura X Women's History Library/ National Clearinghouse on Marital and Date Rape:

The Laura X Project involves cataloging documents collected over the last fifty years and donated to the University of Missouri at St. Louis. This important collection of tens of thousands of documents from local, national and international sources pertains to a wide array of social movements from the second half of the 20th century and to the women's movement with materials from Laura's successful state by state campaign to abolish the legal privilege for marital and date rape.

Laura X's Archives make historical research and presentation possible. The intent of this case statement is to present the importance of the collection and to request support for cataloging it in order to keep these historical materials vibrant and available for researchers. Once finished, this archive will be a resource for students, professors, historians, film
documentarians, museums and exhibitions.

The Status of the Project:

There is one Archives Assistant with the project currently: the Assistant works with sources of information on vital social movements. The Archives Assistant's main tasks are as follows: help arrange, describe, process, and preserve the documents; clean and mend damaged materials; prepare archival material for storage; assist with writing objective, pertinent and concise finding aids for the collection; work closely with Laura X; record oral histories; keep detailed monthly budgets; and maintain the archive schedule.

Laura X Biography:

A native of St Louis, Mo, was educated at Vassar, Washington University, Bank Street College of Education, the Universities of Vera Cruz and Puerto Rico (to become a pilot Headstart teacher).

Laura X took her name in 1969 to symbolize her rejection of men's legal ownership of women. She is a veteran of women's peace, civil rights, free speech, educational reform, anti-war, anti-nuke, anti-Semitism and homophobia. She advocates for farm workers, Native Americans, ecology, disability rights, environmental health, and healthy home movements. She began collecting materials in 1968 and has been committed to this effort since then. Women and women's health and legal issues are the primary thrust of her work.

The Core Cost of the Project:

The current core cost of the project is $4,000 per month. Funds are very welcome and are tax deductible to the University of Missouri, St Louis where she donated to the State Historical Society branch there.

Checks may be made to UMSL, notated for Laura X Archive Project , and mailed to Development , 400 Woods Hall, UMSL , St Louis. Mo 63121.


Long Version:
Women's History Archive Project funding request


Key feminists who ignited the second wave women's movement: Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975 now available
WHRC Microfilm Collections available: Women and Health/Mental Health, Women and Law, Herstory
"Accomplishing the Impossible": Laura X's Memoir Published

March 8: International Women's Day

See STATE LAW CHART, published to the Web for the first time


. . . To make intimate relationships truly egalitarian

A network sustained by and about member subscribers working together for everyone everywhere


(Address deleted 11/25/2005)

Please make check payable to:
For charitable contribution deductions: SFWC Date/Marital Rape Education Project
For business/research deductions: National Clearinghouse on Marital and Date Rape

10/22/2000 NEWSFLASH: We have folded our non-profit ( SFWC/DMREP), therefore, all work will be done by the freelance consulting/speaking project of Laura X (National Clearinghouse on Marital and Date Rape / Women's History Library).  Your subcriptions to our consulting / strategy / research / advocacy services are most welcome, as ever, for the same fee structure since 1978!

We will no longer be able to provide volunteer internships or charitable deductions for contributions, but business deductions for services and orders for materials will still be fine if appropriate to you.  Grants and speaker's fees would be to Laura as an individual, to carry on the work.

We are leaving this homepage and website intact for historical purposes, so you will know what we accomplished so far, and the services we still provide.

UPDATE NOTE FOR 2004: from January we are not taking subscriber/contacts or materials orders any more.  This website is for historical purposes only about our work, the data, and to be used as links to others in the field.  Laura basically retired 3 years ago and wishes everyone well.

REFERRAL NOTE: if you need free and immediate assistance, call 1-800-799-SAFE (National Domestic Violence Hotline) or 1-800-656-HOPE (for RAINN - Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.)

Our mission is to bring about social, legal, political, psychological, economic, and religious change through our vast resource network of information and support, in order to make intimate relationships truly egalitarian.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: We are most well known for so transforming the attitudes in this country (by our 20-year campaigns to change customs, policies, behaviors and laws) that we were able to make marital/cohabitant/date rape a crime in all fifty states, at least where force is used. (1993) All the governments in the U.N. voted in Beijing in 1995 to abolish the marital privilege to sex on demand from wives. This is testimony to our world-wide movement's strength.

CHALLENGE GRANTS: We have been challenged to raise $10,000 by two grantors who, in turn, will give us $5,000 jointly for putting together in a Filemaker Pro 3 Database of all the women, men and organizations in our NETWORK OF SURVIVORS, ACTIVISTS, ADVOCATES, AND ALLIES. This funding opportunity is unique in our history as a grassroots volunteer network. With your help in spreading the word, we will succeed.

PHONE CONSULTATIONS: for information, statistics, laws and interpretations of them, strategies to change laws and customs/policies/attitudes, referrals and DOCUMENT SEARCH AND DELIVERY services for SUBSCRIBERS on a fee basis of $7.50 per 15 minutes of time we spend in your behalf on -- or off -- the phone, until someone else funds us to work for you!

Phone calls and shipping will need to be collect or reimbursed. Copying is 25 cents per page, faxing is $2 per page, scanning is $4 per page. We may also charge for special email (including attachments) transmittals.

VOLUNTEER INTERNS are welcome year round. They will help with specific individuals court and campus cases, as well as research certain topics of their interest and do a great deal of outreach to update the information about people in our network. (See our internship information.)

SPEAKERS AND TRAININGS are also available at individual shelter and crisis center levels, as well as for state coalitions and conferences. and there is regular touring of and consulting with campuses. (See especially information about Laura X and the speaking program.)

ADVERTISE your books and services with us. a) $30 per title per event (conferences, speaking engagements or trainings.) You provide books and brochures. b) $30 for 100 flyers to go individually in our outgoing mail which is specifically selected for you.

PUBLICATIONS AND MEMBER SUBSCRIBERS: (You do not need to be a member to order publications.) Our $10 information packet includes our State Law Chart, as well as statistics and readings about date and marital rape. A rare hardback edition of "License to Rape: Sexual Abuse of Wives" by David Finkelhor and Kersti Yllo (Holt, Rinehart) is available free with a $25 membership/subscription. Regular individual membership/subscription is $15 or $30 for organizations.

About Laura X, Founder/Director General Internship Information and FAQ
About the Speaking Program Announcement of Internships
Who We Are and What We Do Journalism Internship
Join Our Membership Network Law and Criminology Internship
Women's History Month Origins Psychology/Counseling Internship

Reasons why law students do and would enjoy working as volunteer interns at the National Clearinghouse on Marital and Date Rape / Women's History Research Center (Berkeley)

Help us celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Women's History Library
Our Successful Campaign Against Mexico Spousal Rape
Sol Wachtler - Learn about the judge who overturned the marital rape exemption in New York in 1984
Excerpt from "King of the Mountain," a biography of Sol Wachtler
Slavery Issues/Essie's Run on the Underground Railroad
Related Web Sites

Last updated on: 11/25/2005. Webmaster: David Martin