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Women’s Activism And Social Change

Lori Underwood (Christopher Newport University) and Dawn Hutchinson (Christopher Newport University)

The Women’s March in January 2017 was the largest single-day protest in U.S. history. Anywhere from 3 to 5 million Americans–most of them women–took to the streets in the U.S. and around the globe. But while women have certainly made their voices heard in massive protests like that one, women’s activism often looks like radical everyday acts. Lori Underwood and Dawn Hutchinson share some of their favorite examples from their book on social change and women’s activism around the world.

10 mins

Making New Tables

Zakia McKensey

Zakia McKensey talks about how pageants and performance led her to activism for the LGBTQ+ community.

9 mins

Activism At The Seven Sisters

Caroline Hasenyager (Virginia State University)

Today, women’s colleges are often seen as hotbeds of radical activism. Caroline Hasenyager says that reputation started early, way back at the turn of the century, when faculty and students were leaders in the progressive movement.

9 mins

Snapping Beans

Jayme Canty (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Jayme Canty studies how Black women have organized in the South, from Civil Rights activism to church social organizations.

9 mins

Strong As Ironweed

Shannon Bell (Virginia Tech)

In the hills of Appalachia, women are leading an environmental justice movement. Shannon Bell tells the stories of the mothers and grandmothers who fight back against the impacts of coal mining on their families.

15 mins

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