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 new Place of Protest: Chicago’s Legacy of Dissent, Declaration, and Disruption digital exhibit. 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.
For more information about the Chicago Collections Consortium and Women and Leadership Archive collects:
- Place of Protest: Chicago’s Legacy of Dissent, Declaration, and Disruption digital exhibit
- Chicago Collections Consortium website
- Mollie Leiber West finding aid
- Mary P. Haney finding aid
- Connie Kiosee finding aid
- Homemakers’ Equal Rights Association finding aid
- 8th Day Center for Justice finding aid