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Student Activism at University of Maryland

Guide to researching student activism at using student newspapers. Guide is co-created by Graduate Student Assistants Casey Hughes, Sara Ludewig, and Maureen Jones.

The majority of women's rights activism on campus documented by the student newspapers took place in the 1970s and 1980s. With the emergence of second wave feminism in the 1970s, UMD students held their own protests on campus in opposition to sexism and to raise awareness of violence against women. Students also participated in protests in support of Title IX and pro-choice legislation.

March for Women's Lives

2004 - Ad for the March for Women's Lives in D.C., published in Mizpeh. The ad encourages students and UMD affiliates to join feminist campus advocates at this protest.

Campus Women Rally for Title IX

1979 - A group of University of Maryland female athletes and coaches protest in D.C. in support of equal funding for men's and women's athletics.

Women Taking Heart

1993 - 50+ students march to "reclaim the night" protesting violence against women on campus.

300 March Against Rape

1979 - In response to the rape of a woman on campus, more than 300 people marched through campus demanding better protection for women.

Candlelight Vigil to Protest Campus Security

1982 - Students hold a candlelight march to protest violence against women and demand better protections and safety infrastructure on campus.

Students, Faculty March for ERA

1981 - Students and faculty joined a march in Washington, D.C. in support of the Equal Rights Amendment.