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The Women & Gender Studies Student Curated Resources: U.S. Social Movements

A digital reference for materials pertaining to: feminism, social movements, and gender studies.

Overview of U.S. Social Movements

This particular section of "The Women & Gender Studies Digital Archive" is reserved entirely for reading materials on the subject of U.S. Social Movements. The categories covered (as seen below) are in regard to: the Civil Rights Movement, the Women's Rights Movement, and Black Lives Matter.

(Civil Rights Movement): The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s came about out of the need and desire for equality and freedom for African Americans and other people of color. Nearly one hundred years after slavery was abolished, there was widespread segregation, discrimination, disenfranchisement and racially motivated violence that permeated all personal and structural aspects of life for black people. (Description by the Anti-Defamation League)

(Women's Rights Movement): The Women’s Rights Movement, also called The Women’s Liberation Movement, was a diverse social movement, largely based in the United States, that in the 1960s and ’70s sought equal rights and opportunities and greater personal freedom for women. It coincided with and is recognized as part of the “second wave” of feminism. (Description by Encyclopedia Britannica)

(Black Lives Matter): #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives. (Definition from Black Lives Matter organizational site)


* All materials listed in this section have been recommended by A.U. History Professor; Mallory Szymanski.