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Midway Women’s Club

November 5, 2010 in Research methods, Social history

Yesterday my group and I attended the monthly Midway Women’s club meeting and had the chance to meet some very interesting individuals that we will be meeting with in the coming weeks. I will admit going into it, I was not sure what it was going to be like and was a little unsure about it. However, after meeting with some of these women and hearing brief stories that they had shared I will admit I was blown away by these women. Sitting in this meeting also made me think about what we have been talking about in class recently, and how women have been doing this for decades. Micromobilization has been the base of everything that happened during the civil rights era and it still continues today.

Up until this point, I have been looking for women that stand out because of things that they have done, such as leading a movement, or being the first woman in political office. While these women deserve to be researched and noticed for what they have done, I believe I have been looking past many other great women. The ones that lit the match that started the fire so to speak. Maybe they were not the ones that gave a public speech, sat somewhere they were not supposed to, or just made their opinion known.

I have decided to switch my way of research and find these women that maybe held meetings, like the one I was able to attend, and were essential to success in teh civil rights movement. Clubs like the Midway Womens Club have been around for a long time and maybe by meeting a couple hours every couple weeks, or maybe once a month, they were able to accomplish many things and deserve to be brought into the public eye.

Belinda Robnett, “African-American Women in the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965: Gender, Leadership, and Micromobilization,” The American Journal of Sociology 101, 6 (May 1996): 1661-1693.  http://www.jstor.org/stable/2782115

3 responses to Midway Women’s Club

  1. Awesome! I’m glad this experience had a positive impact on the way you plan to approach the project research in the future.

  2. I agree! That is really neat and exciting that your research is coming along so nicely.

  3. That is great, and yes those people who “lit the match” and started everything is what needs to be researched because they get so little credit and they are the ones who had a major impact.

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