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WATCH: "Fight Like a Girl: How Women's Activism Shapes History"
Most of the narratives about the women’s liberation movement focus on the Northeast, the Midwest or the West Coast, not the South and certainly not Austin, Texas. This omission inspired Laurie Green, an associate professor of history at The University of Texas at Austin, to create a women’s activism memoir project. Green’s students interviewed women’s liberation activists who had either attended UT or lived in Austin in the ’60s and ’70s, including Martha Cotera, Alice Embree and Barbara Hines. To ensure these women’s stories wouldn’t vanish from history as many often do, Green partnered with the university’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History to archive the transcripts and recorded interviews between the students and activists in a permanent collection that will be accessible for others to study for years to come. Read the full story at Life & Letters online. See also: “Fight Like a Girl: Preserving Feminist History in Austin, Texas” by Rachel Griess, Ms. Magazine, August 17, 2018.

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