The Long Women’s Movement

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2012: Field Scholar Joey Fink (left) interviews Nancy Shoemaker, information technology professional and women’s rights activist. From the Southern Oral History Program.

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I became a feminist while I was in college… I was walking across [the quad] one fall day, kicking the leaves with my feet and thinking, ‘This is so cool. I’m one of twenty-four women living with twelve-hundred men.’ And I stopped dead in my tracks and said to myself, ‘What are you saying? Who have been your friends, your supporters, who have been the reliable people in your life, all your life?’ And for me it had been my mother, her mother, my best friend Sally, professors at Smith… It was as though I took my head in my hands and turned it in the direction of women and said, ‘I’m going to pay attention to women, I’m going to stop thinking that what men say is more important’ I spent three years raising my hand class after class and saying, ‘What about the women?’

Interview with Jeanette Stokes by Victoria Petermann, 30 July 2013 U-1009, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection.