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Erin Rollenhagen papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0209
The Erin Rollenhagen papers date from 1994 to 1995 and measure 1 linear inch. The collection contains photographs, newspaperclippings, correspondence, and one of the t-shirts from Rollenhagen's campaignagainst sexist t-shirts in their school. Several drafts of the article Rollenhagen wrote about the incident for Seventeen magazine are also included.

Dates

  • 1994-1995

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has not been transferred to The University of Iowa.

Extent

1.00 linear inch

Photographs in folder 1. other_unmapped

Abstract

Ames middle-school student who helped organize a protest against sexist Hooters restaurant t-shirts being worn at her school. Her account of the incident and the subsequent public forum on free speech, dress code, and sexism was published in Seventeen magazine.

Arrangement One folder, shelved in SCVF and a single box with an artifact (a t-shirt).

Biographical / Historical

As an eighth-grader in Ames Middle School in Ames, Iowa, Erin Rollenhagen spoke out against sexism in her school. In response to the Hooters restaurant t-shirts the boys in her school were wearing, which showed an owl whose eyes resembled women's breasts and the words "More than a Mouthful" written on the back, Rollenhagen and several friends created their own parody t-shirts, "Cocks--Nothing to Crow About," with the graphic of a rooster on the front. Several of the Ames students were suspended when they refused to turn the "Cocks" shirts inside-out while they are at school. Eventually both shirts were banned from the school, and the suspended students were allowed back to school. The incident received national attention and Rollenhagen was asked to write an account for Seventeen magazine.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 291) were donated by Erin Rollenhagen in 1995.
Author
Kristen Rassbach, 1997.
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

Contact:
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