The Gender Politics of the Movement
Resources and documents examing the way ideas about gender - about the socially constructed ideas of how men and women ought to act and behave i- affected the way the Movement worked.
Critical Thinking About the Past: How many women activists from the Civil Rights Era can you name? Can you list more than 5? Women were absolutely integral to success and viability of the freedom struggle, but many noted at the time, and historians have noted since, that expectations about gender affected not only who did what, but also how it was represented and remembered. While many of the sources here examine the contributions of women, the piece by Rhae Lynn Barnes is useful in making us think about gender too: ideas about how men and women should act also affected male civil rights leaders. Thinking further - what impact did social structures have on activism? In the South, the black church p,aged a central role in activism: how did the roles commonly taken by men and women in churches affect the way they approached activism?