Answered By: Eleanor Johnson
Last Updated: May 06, 2015     Views: 5

Hi Diane,

Sorry for the delay in replying; I was out of town for a conference, and your question is actually a bit tricky to find information on.

After doing some initial searches in our scholarly articles databases and not finding anything, I thought it might be best to switch to newspapers. I found two articles that might be interesting to you in the database "Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982", though we don't have full text access to them (you would have to use InterLibrary Loan--do you have an ILL account?)

Columnist Erman Bombeck campaigns for the E.R.A. and that's no laughing matter: http://search.ebscohost.com.leo.lib.unomaha.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rgr&AN=518147013&site=ehost-live

What do women want? I'm glad you asked. http://search.ebscohost.com.leo.lib.unomaha.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rgr&AN=524480821&site=ehost-live

I also tried searching in Google Scholar with the search string: erma bombeck AND ("equal rights amendment" OR ERA OR E.R.A.) You might want to use ILL to access this article that I found using this search string: Erma Bombeck AND feminism

Do feminists ever laugh? Women's rights and women's humor: http://search.ebscohost.com.leo.lib.unomaha.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=fmh&AN=FMH4127109899&site=ehost-live

I found somewhere that Erma Bombeck's papers were donated to the University of Dayton upon her death. I tried calling their archives to check if they had any useful information (either about her papers or about their policies on making their contents available from a distance) but wasn't able to get a hold of anyone yet. If you would like to try contacting them, their phone number is 937-229-4256. 

Overall, this is a bit of a challenging question, and it seems as though there hasn't been a lot published on this topic. I think the University of Dayton's archives might be your best bet. Please let me know if I can try to help you again.

Eleanor Johnson

Social Sciences Librarian

eleanorjohnson@unomaha.edu

402-554-3207

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