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ERIC Number: EJ1275368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Nov
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2680
Protests and Pushback: Women's Rights, Student Activism, and Institutional Response in the Deep South
Cain, Timothy Reese; Dier, Rachael
History of Education Quarterly, v60 n4 p546-580 Nov 2020
Pivoting around two sit-ins at the University of Georgia, this article examines student activism in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the US South. The first sit-in, at the conclusion of the spring 1968 March for Coed Equality, was part of the effort to overcome parietal rules that significantly restricted women's rights but left men relatively untouched. The second occurred in 1972 when the university responded to salacious allegations of immorality in women's residence halls by replacing progressive residential education programming with the policing of student behavior. This article centers student efforts for women's rights, demonstrates how students and administrators shifted tactics in reaction to external stimuli, and explores the repercussions of challenging the entrenched patriarchal power structure. In so doing, it joins the growing literature complicating understandings of student activism in the era by focusing attention away from the most famous and extreme cases.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia