WomenSpace

in Groups and Organizations

WomenSpace, a women’s center operated by a “large, loosely-knit coalition of feminist organizations and individuals,” was founded in 1975 by members of Cleveland Women’s Counseling. In 1975, representatives of Cleveland Women’s Counseling united with representatives from other Cleveland women’s organizations to form the WomenSpace Coalition. WomenSpace opened its first women’s center at 3201 Euclid Avenue. By 1977, WomenSpace moved into a larger suite of offices, at 1258 Euclid Avenue, to accommodate the needs of its expanding membership.

WomenSpace operated as a “coalition-based” nonprofit organization whose collective resources were made accessible to all of its members. WomenSpace hosted guest speakers, educational classes, women’s groups, feminist forums, and expositions centered around issues broadly relevant to women’s’ lives and political concerns. The WomenSpace coalition ran a Women’s Helpline, operated a credit union, provided resources and referrals, and facilitated members’ access to a broad network of support created by and for women’s businesses, groups, and organizations in Cleveland. WomenSpace relocated its offices several times in the mid-to-late 1980s, including into the Women’s Building Project at the Civic. By 1993, WomenSpace moved to 1101 Euclid Avenue. In 1995, WomenSpace closed following a decline in funding and membership.


Additional information coming soon.

Resources

  • “Debra Hirshberg Interview, 11 July 2023.” Cleveland Voices.
  • Epstein, Carol. “WomenSpace Annual Meeting.” What She Wants. June 1980. Page 3.
  • Gregory, Judy. “Conscious Consuming.” What She Wants.September 1982. Page 9.
  • Holmes, Meredith. “WomenSpace Welcomes New Head.” What She Wants. October-November 1982. Page 5.
  • Louise, Wegi. “Help the Help Line.” What She Wants. May 1980. Page 2.
  • “Milestones.” What She Wants. April-May 1983. Page 8.
  • “WomenSpace!?!” What She Wants. July 1975. Page 2.
  • “WomenSpace.” What She Wants. May 1977. Page 13.
  • “WomenSpace.” Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.
1258 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115 (WomenSpace).

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