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Marla H. Kohlman & Belinda Robnett

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 21: Women Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement

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Women Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement
Women leaders in the civil rights movement

Women's participation in the civil rights movement is well documented (e.g., Barnett, 1993; Evans, 1980; McAdam, 1988; Payne, 1994; Robnett, 1996, 1997), so the purpose of this chapter is to provide a systematic analysis of the social and organizational constructs that shaped the nature and context of their participation. The complex interplay of race, class, gender, organizational structure, and culture has not received the attention it deserves, thus rendering only a partial understanding of women's myriad leadership roles in the movement.

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