In 1973, the Organization on the Status of Women (OSW) was created to support the inquiry into issues concerning faculty women at Appalachian. Between 1974 and 1975, the organization sponsored a committee to study faculty salaries at Appalachian State University. This was the first of many studies made under the auspices of the Organization on the Status of Women. The Organization on the Status of Women advocated elimination of sexist language in the Appalachian State University Summer School Contracts from 1976-1977. In the late 1970s, the organization participated in active support of North Carolinians United for ERA. The Organization on the Status of Women also sponsored the "Women in Power" conference, gathering regional participants and nationally recognized speakers. The organization supported the Women's Week activities during the 1980s, developing a questionnare on sex discrimination at Appalachian State University. The Organization on the Status of Women sponsored various seminars and hosted influential women speakers like Gloria Steinem.