Loyola University Chicago

Women and Leadership Archives


Chicago’s History of Activism

Chicago’s History of Activism
Image: National ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) March, Chicago, 1980

The Women and Leadership Archives, a member institute of the Chicago Collections Consortium, recently provided materials for the 2018 digital exhibit: Place of Protest: Chicago’s Legacy of Dissent, Declaration, and Disruption. Images and documents fill the digital exhibit and explore the long history of protest, and social justice and activism movements in the city highlighting specific events beginning in 1855 and going through 2003.

The Women and Leadership Archives contributed materials from several collections: Mollie Leiber West, an immigrant and labor rights activist; women’s rights advocates Mary P. Hanes and Connie Kiosse, the Homemakers’ Equal Rights Association (HERA); and 8th Day Center for Justice.

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