This article discusses the unexpected turnout for the Washington State Women's Conference on July 8-10th, 1977. The article talks about how many participants ended up sleeping in Ellensburg High School gymnasium in sleeping bags, as well as churches and trailers. Many of these unexpected attendees were attributed to the instructions given by Mormon leaders to many LDS followers to go and stand against the Equal Rights Amendment ratifications that were being discussed at the event.
Wenatchee World, "Newspaper Clippings: Twice Expected Number at Women's Conference" (1977). Washington State Conference for Women, 1977. 147.
Newspaper Clippings and Press Releases, University Relations Office and Washington State Conference for Women 1977 (Box 17), Central Washington University Archives and Special Collections
Women's rights, Equal rights amendments--Washington (State), Washington State International Women's Year Conference (1977)