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Interviews, 2008


Scope and Contents

From the Collection: An Activist Life Oral History Project is a collection of life histories of women who have dedicated their lives to social and political activism. The project documents both the diversity and the persistence of women's activism, as organizers and as cultural workers, in a variety of social movements such as women's health, economic justice, LGBT liberation, peace, education, and environmental sustainability. Narrators include educators and academics, musicians, writers, and artists, as well as community and religious leaders. They come from a variety of class, ethnic, racial, social, and geographic backgrounds. Interviews cover childhood and growing up experiences; education and employment; activism and politics; family, identity, relationships and community.

Narrators include:
From the Collection:
  1. Lois Ahrens
  2. Joan Ballas
  3. Joyce Berkman
  4. Annie Cheatham
  5. Maria Cuerda
  6. Frances Crowe
  7. Delight Dodyk
  8. Merle Feld
  9. Barbara Hammer
  10. Sue Hyde
  11. Lesléa Newman
  12. Jane Pincus
  13. Letty Cottin Pogrebin
  14. Tiik Pollet
  15. Christine Shelton

Dates of Materials

  • 2008

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: Some of the oral histories in this collection have restrictions on access. Please see the notes attached to an individual interview for information about restrictions that apply to it.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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