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Kathleen Sullivan - ERA Fight in Illinois

Kathleen O'Connor grew up on the island of Trinidad in the West Indies, but emigrated to the United States after working as an au pair for relatives in New York, and meeting her future husband. They moved to Chicago, Illinois, and Kathleen became very active in social issues through the Catholic Church. She was Phyllis Schlafly's chief lieutenant in Illinois during the decade long struggle to pass the ERA in the state legislature. After Schlafly's Stop-ERA movement successfully blocked its passage, Sullivan worked on abstinence issues in Illinois, especially Project Reality. She also ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1990 and 1992.

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Growing up in the island nation of Trinidad

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Sullivan's views of American politics in 1960s

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

1968 and the emerging battles over abortion and women's rights

Interview Session 04 (Audio)

Opening stages of the ERA fight in Illinois

Interview Session 05 (Audio)

ERA fight in Illinois from 1973-1977

Interview Session 06 (Audio)

ERA fight in Illinois from 1978 thru 1982

Interview Session 07 (Audio)

Sullivan's 1990 and 1992 Congressional campaigns

Interview Session 08 (Audio)

Project Reality and social issues of the 1990s and 2000s

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‘The Fighting Sullivans’ show their support for Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign, with t-shirts emblazoned with AU H2O, a periodic table translation for GOLDWATER. From L-R are Chris, Kerry, Kevin, Andy (2), Barry and Kathleen.

Where:

Chicago

When:

1964

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Narrator’s photo

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Mr. and Mrs. Bill Scott, Kathleen Sullivan, and Jack Kiefer (a Mount Prospect businessman and the Township Chairman for Mr. Goldwater’s campaign), appear together at the headquarters opening during Goldwater’s campaign.

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Unknown

When:

1964

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Narrator’s photo

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Brighton Camp in Trinidad, West Indies where Kathleen spent her formative years.

Where:

Brighton Camp in Trinidad, West Indies

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Unknown

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Narrator’s photo

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Kathleen Sullivan and Jess Lehmann welcome Illinois Congresswoman Marguerite Stitt Church to the opening of the Goldwater Headquarters in Elk Grove Township in Illinois.

Where:

Elk Grove, Illinois

When:

Unknown

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Narrator’s photo

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Kathleen and Jerry Sullivan relax during a vacation to the Smokey Mountains in 1962.

Where:

Smokey Mountains

When:

1962

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Narrator’s photo

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Kathleen Sullivan, Harold Smith (Chairman of Barrington Township Republican Party), Jeb McGruder (of “Watergate” notoriety), and Illinois Congresswoman Marquerite Stitt Church at the opening of the Barry Goldwater Headquarters in Elk Grove Township.

Where:

Elk Grove Township

When:

1963

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Narrator’s photo

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Kathleen Sullivan talks with Barry Goldwater during Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign.

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Unknown

When:

1964

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Kathleen and Jerry Sullivan, circa 1969.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa 1969

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Narrator’s photo

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Barry (Uncle Sam) and Kerry (Lady Liberty) dressed up for a school play, protecting Andy, age three, circa 1965.

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Unknown

When:

Circa 1965

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Narrator’s photo

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Jerry and Kathleen posing with Kathleen’s father, Gerald O’Connor during his visit to Glenview, Illinois in 1971.

Where:

Glenview, Illinois

When:

1971

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Narrator’s photo

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Kathleen Sullivan at work in her home office in Glenview, Illinois, in the 1970s. Mrs. Sullivan maintained a very busy schedule which included church, civic and political activities.

Where:

Glenview, Illinois

When:

1970s

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Narrator’s photo

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President Ronald Reagan posing with Kathleen Sullivan, Margaret Wiersen and Dan Preston (both of Park Ridge, IL) during a campaign trip to the state in 1976.

Where:

Illinois

When:

1976

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Narrator’s photo

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Kathleen posing with Secretary of State Jim Edgar in 1984. Kathleen was a member of the Electoral College in the 1984 election.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1984

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Kathleen Sullivan (on the right) poses with Senator Jeremiah Denton of Alabama during a fundraiser for Sullivan’s 1990 Congressional Campaign. Denton was a vocal supporter of Sullivan’s abstinence campaigns and social agenda.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1990

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Kathleen and Jerry Sullivan with their children and grandchildren at a ‘Primary Party’ in 1990.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1990

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Narrator’s photo

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The grandchildren gathered for a family portrait with Jerry and Kathleen in 1991 at their Glenview, Illinois home. The photo was used to illustrate Kathleen Sullivan’s family values during her run for Congress in 1992.

Where:

Glenview, Illinois home

When:

1991

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Narrator’s photo

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Senator Jeremiah Denton and Kathleen posing for pictures at one of her Congressional fundraiser in 1990. Sullivan’s district ran along Lake Michigan north of Chicago.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1990

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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This campaign brochure for Kathleen Sullivan was produced for her 1992 Congressional campaign in an attempt to unseat the liberal Republican, John Porter.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1992

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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The second page of Sullivan’s 1992 campaign brochure prominently connects Sullivan with two of the country’s most prominent conservative Republicans, President Ronald Reagan, and Senator Jeremiah Denton.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1992

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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An interior page for Sullivan’s 1992 campaign literature where she articulates her conservative agenda, and the reasons to remove Republican John Porter from Congress.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1992

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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A page from the 1992 campaign brochure listing the reasons to vote against John Porter, and for Kathleen Sullivan.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1992

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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An example of Kathleen Sullivan’s campaign material from her 1990 campaign, emphasizing her key issues of national defense, tax relief, affordable health care and family values.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1990

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Project Reality Newsletter in November, 2002. Kathleen Sullivan was a vocal advocate for Abstinence Education.

Where:

Project Reality Newsletter

When:

November, 2002

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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Sullivan spent decades fighting to include abstinence education as part of the curriculum in Illinois schools. Kathleen Sullivan with Miss Illinois 2003, Erika Harold and Vivienne Dawkins, Dir. of Abstinence Programs for Ill. Dept. of Human Services.

Where:

The Homecoming Gala for Miss America

When:

Late 2002

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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A family portrait of Kathleen Sullivan, her husband Jerry, their six children with their spouses, and grandchildren, taken in 1993 at their 40th wedding anniversary.

Where:

40th wedding anniversary

When:

1993

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Narrator’s photo

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Kathleen Sullivan with her mentor and motivational leader, Phyllis Schlafly, taken in 1982 at the “End of an ERA” gala in Washington, D.C.

Where:

Washington, D.C

When:

1982

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Kathleen met with Ronald Reagan in January, 1976 when she ran as a delegate pledged to Reagan in his first attempt at the presidency.

Where:

Unknown

When:

January, 1976

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Narrator’s photo

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Kathleen and Jerry tour Rome in 1987 with Phyllis Schlafly and John Schlafly. They were in Rome for the ‘Synod of the Laity,’ representing lay organizations in the United States.

Where:

Rome

When:

1987

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Jerry and Kathleen Sullivan pose in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy during their visit there in 1987.

Where:

St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy

When:

1987

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Narrator’s photo

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A Sullivan family portrait taken at the family home in Glenview, Illinois in 1982 . From left to right are Barry, Liz, Lori, Kevin, Barb, Andy holding Duke, Chris holding Mary and Kerry. Kathleen and Jerry are holding Kathleen II and Megan.

Where:

Glenview, Illinois

When:

1982

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Kathleen and Phyllis Schlafly relax with Kathleen’s daughter Lori, along with five of Lori’s ten children. Back-Kathleen III, Michael, Brian and Patrick. Front- Grandma Kathleen, Lori, Meg and Phyllis Schlafly. Lori grew up in our Eagle Forum movement.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

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Narrator’s photo

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Kathleen attended an Illinois AMVETs event in December 1991 with guest speaker Senator Jeremiah Denton, a Vietnam era POW for seven years, seven months, including four years in solitary.

Where:

Illinois AMVETs event

When:

December 1991

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo


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The AMVET official Chairman in Wheeling with Senator Denton and Kathleen Sullivan in 1991.

Where:

Sterling, Illinois

When:

1991

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Jerry Sullivan with Chris and Kevin at the couple’s home in Kirkwood, Missouri in 1957.

Where:

Kirkwood, Missouri

When:

1957

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Narrator’s photo

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Jerry and Kathleen Sullivan celebrate both Jerry’s 90th birthday, and also their 58th wedding anniversary, in August, 2011, in their new hometown of Naples, Florida.

Where:

Naples, Florida

When:

August, 2011

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo



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