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Women’s Policy Forum Collection 1986 - 2008


Peg Knapp and Karen Perkins founded the Women’s Policy Forum (WPF) in the mid-1980s as a network of proven female leaders, bringing together local women from all sectors, races and areas of authority to discuss, question and direct the decision-making processes of Tarrant County. The first general membership meeting was held in January 1987. Invitations for membership are offered to elected officials and individuals with power and influence in government, business, non-profit agencies, or volunteer organizations.

In addition to regular monthly meetings, the WPF brings nationally known women, such as Diane Rehm and Sally Ride, to speak at public Celebrity Breakfasts. The organization also sponsors a yearly service award to an organization that supports and empowers women. Recipients of this award include The Women’s Center, The Women’s Shelter of Arlington and Planned Parenthood.


The Women’s Policy Forum Collection was donated to the Library by Wanda Bell in 2008.

Scope and Contents Note

Comprehensive dates for the Collection are 1986 to 2008; the Collection contains 8 boxes or 2.6 linear feet of materials. The material includes membership records, financial reports, Celebrity Breakfast and program records, newsletters and meeting minutes. Materials, wherever possible, were left in the original order received from the WPF. The Collection is arranged alphabetically and then by date.

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Last updated: Oct. 20, 2014