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Activism: the engagement and involvement in social and political life with the aim of achieving a specific set of goals.

Southern Women Activists:

Southern women are often viewed as delicate, uneducated, soft-spoken “southern belles” whose goals in life are to get married and become mothers.  The historical and modern examples of southern women on this website defy this preconception.  The listed women are more characteristic of “steel magnolias”; they are self-motivated, determined, and strong-willed activists.  Many were mothers, but they continued to help those who were unfairly represented.  The historical and modern women drew on their southern values and characteristics to begin movements, start organizations, and change the South.

Photograph attributed to:  Andrew Butko