Ten Tales of Political Activism: Take on the System, and Win!
L ong before and since Harriet Tubman and hundreds of others set up the Underground Railroad, a network of activists that led at least 100,000 southern blacks from slavery, determined women have strategized, initiated, and directed momentous efforts for positive change. They've struggled, confronted, boycotted, picketed, and persisted against those who meant to deprive women, children, and families of fair treatment. They've taken on the government, the corporations, the media, and the churches to make room for equality and justice.
In this chapter, we'll tell ten stories of women who have chosen to work for change. Some are lifelong pursuits; others involve thousands of people, or are only as large as the community, neighborhood, or constituency at risk. All of them help comprise an instruction manual on how successful activism produces results. Not only do the issues differ across the ten avenues taken, so too do the approaches, tactics,