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The Moxie Project

The Southern Oral History Program is delighted to partner with the Carolina Women’s Center, the History Department, and the Women’s Studies Department, to sponsor The Moxie Project at UNC: Women and Leadership for Social Change. The Moxie Project represents an ambitious collaboration that deepens the SOHP’s involvement with undergraduates and strengthens our ties with academic departments at both UNC and Duke as well as with community organizations in our area. It builds on our long tradition of collecting oral histories with women activists across the South, and will put those histories in the service of preparing a new generation of leaders who will have a deep understanding of the historical role women have played in the region, as well as of the challenges and opportunities facing their state and country. moxie scholar presentation 2 Moxie Scholars study the history of women’s activism, and  then spend the summer in paid internships in women’s organizations in the Triangle. While interning, the students interview women activists, and those interviews are included in our collection.  The students also meet once a week for a summer seminar.  In the fall, they reflect on their experiences and create a final project based on their oral histories, observations in their organizations, and research.  Click here to watch the Moxie scholars’ performance from summer 2013, based on the oral history interviews they completed with women activists from North Carolina.

Read the Moxie Scholars’ blog and sign up to receive the Moxie Project newsletter, “Moxie Memos”!

Meet the New Moxie Scholars!

We are delighted to introduce the new crop of Moxie Scholars! This is the second year of the Moxie Project UNC: Women and Leadership for Social Change. The SOHP partners with the Carolina Women’s Center, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and the History Department to offer this exciting year-long experience for undergraduates. The students take a spring semester course in the history of women’s activism, which this year is being taught by Michele Tracy Berger of Women’s and Gender Studies. The students then undertake summer internships in Triangle organizations that support women and their families. Students will be placed this summer at NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Lillian’s List, Benevolence Farm, and the North Carolina Justice Center. On Fridays during their summer, we meet for a weekly seminar in which the students reflect on their experiences and discuss readings about the theory and practice of feminist social change. The Moxie scholars this year are a great group of young women: Erin West, a sophomore Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies major from Asheville; Cara Schumann, a first-year English and Journalism major from Wilmington, NC; Brittany Desgages, a sophomore sociology  major from Union Mills, NC; Sarah Pederson, a third-year, Public Policy/Anthropology major from Matthews, NC; Elisabeth Jones, a junior political science and Women’s and Gender Studies double major from Raleigh, NC; and Meg Foster, a junior History major from Oak Park, IL.

From Left to Right: Brittany, Erin, Sarah, Elisabeth, Meg and Cara