UNOW & Then
The UNOW Oral History Project
UNOW & Then is an oral history project in collaboration with University NOW Day Nursery, Princeton University students, and community members. Through audio interviews, archival research, contextual essays, and multimedia exhibits, the project will preserve and interpret UNOW’s first 50 years.
UNOW opened its doors in September 1970. Founded by the local chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and supported by Princeton University, the nursery has deep feminist roots.
UNOW’s founders had a radical vision for the time, with gender equality and anti-sex stereotyping at the program’s core. The nursery provided full-day hours so that women, especially single mothers, could attend college or work. The founders viewed childcare as a profession that performed valuable work—not simply as a “women’s issue.”
In 2020, UNOW will celebrate its semicentennial. Generations of Princeton families have sustained UNOW for fifty years. In some ways, it is still the child of its passionate founders. In others, it has evolved with the times. UNOW & Then has a rich story to tell.
'We will return'
UNOW's Teaching Philosophy
Dick and Jane Study
Liz Hagen, “We went to the grammar school in Lawrenceville on Craven Lane and we asked the head-master if he would lend us sets of readers that his staff were using at the time. And we took them away and studied them and we found it was like peeling an onion..."
Weekly Tuition in 1970
Striking a Balance With Tuition
NOW's Interest in Childcare
Victory Chase, "Women wanted to go back to work and not every job was going to provide them with enough pin money, enough money to hire a full-time nanny and not every woman wanted to hire a full-time nanny."
What Made UNOW Unique For The Teachers
"... because we were all in it together."
UNOW Labor Relations
Liz Hagen speaks of tense labor relations between UNOW teachers and UNOW board in c1975.