The Women's Studies Program of the Berkeley Unified School District was created in 1972. It all began when pressure was placed on the Berkeley Board of Education in 1970 by the Education Committee of the Berkeley chapter of NOW. The committee, which included University of California women, made a strong case for examining sexism in the schools. The Board responded by creating a Women's Task Force whose purpose it was:
-to study the role of women in the Berkeley Unified School District;
-to bring to the attention of the Board both positive and negative aspects of the District in its responsibility to women;
-to make recommendations to help the Board make educational decisions which reflect a commitment to the elimination of sex stereotyping in this institution.