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An Activist Life: Student Oral History Project


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. Interviews were conducted by Smith College students in Kelly Anderson’s Smith College course, Oral History and Women's Activism in the Fall of 2008. Students were trained in both the history of women's activism and oral history techniques and protocols. 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.

The Narrators page includes biographical sketches and abstracts of interviews for each narrator.

The Activist Life Oral History Project includes recorded interviews and complete transcripts.

View finding aid for more information on access to this collection.