This page provides links to Civil Rights Movement Archive resources that have significant content related to women and their role in the Freedom Struggle.
CRMA History Articles
Speeches and Articles
Original Documents, Letters & Field Reports
Interviews, Stories & Oral-Histories
Commentaries & Analyses by Movement Veterans
Group Discussions by Movement Veterans
Film, Video and Audio
All of our Photo Album pages contain images showing women active and playing leadership roles in the Freedom Movement
Women were central to the Civil Rights Movement and our History articles reflect that centrality.
All of the materials in our Articles & Speeches collection were written or spoken by both women and men, and many refer to or discuss gender issues and the role of women in the Freedom Movement. Those listed below explicitly address those issues.
1964 Would You Marry One?, Chude Allen 1967 Negro Women in Freedom's Battles, Augusta Strong. (Originally published in Freedomways, Winter, 1967) 1969 The Black Woman in the Civil Rights Struggle the Long View, Ella Baker, speech to Institute of the Black World in Atlanta Tributes to Women of the Freedom Movement Veterans Roll Call (Includes statements and contact info from many women veterans)
All of the materials in our Documents and Letters & Reports collections were written or created by both women and men, and many refer to or discuss gender issues and the role of women in the Freedom Movement. Those listed below specifically address those issues.
1962 Note to Jim Bevel re Diane Bevel's arrest in Jackson and organizing a woman's protest, Jean Young, SNCC 1963 Biographical Sketches of Women Being Honored for their Leadership, March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom, August 28, 1963. 1964 SNCC Position Paper regarding women in the Movement. 1964? Proposals for Work With Women's Groups, Joyce Barrett, SNCC. 1965 A Kind of Memo, by Casey Hayden & Mary King, SNCC. 1967 Letter on Role of Women, Fay Bellamy, SNCC 1968? For Us Women anti-war, anti-draft flyer. Gwen Patton, National Black Anti-War Anti-Draft Union. Undated (probably 1968)
All of the stories, interviews, and oral-histories in the Our Stories collection were written or created by both women and men and many address gender issues and the role of women in the Freedom Movement. Those listed below particularly focus on gender issues and realities:
Dorie & Joyce Ladner Remembrance of Women in the Freedom Movement 1988 Jean Wheeler Smith SNCC Women Miriam Glickman A Jewish Woman in the Movement 2018
The commentaries and opinions in the Our Thoughts section were written or created by both women and men and many address gender issues and the role of women in the Freedom Movement. Those listed below particularly focus on gender issues and realities:
Hate Against Asian Americans & Asian Women Marion Kwan African American Women and Jewish Women ... Yvonne Hilton Quilt Story: Black Rural Women, White Urban ... Linda Beckman Generational Narrative by a Black Woman on ... Ruby Sales
Many of the discussions, panels, and email threads in the Our Discussions collection refer to gender issues and the role of women in the Freedom Movement. Those listed below specifically address those topics:
Women & Men in the Freedom Movement 2004 Women, SNCC, and Stokely 2013 Exchange: Three White Women Students at Spelman 2007
Many of the recordings in our collection refer to gender issues and the role of women in the Freedom Movement.