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date: 05 April 2020

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Mobilized women have indelibly changed educational institutions, their activism creating equality in many spheres of higher education. This chapter draws on literature on women’s movements and movements within institutions to argue that women’s activists have successfully organized for educational accessibility and resources, the legal rights of women and girls in educational institutions, and the presence of women and incorporation of scholarship about women in the academy. I first address the history of women’s entry into U.S. educational institutions, and then activists’ successes and challenges with developing women’s studies, Title IX, and women’s athletics. I then turn to an examination of contemporary women’s student activism. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the broader connections between movements and institutions.

Keywords: women’s activism, education, women’s movements, institutions, student activism

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