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IWA Diversity & Social Justice Collections: Fighting for Social Justice


The Fighting for Social Justice section of this guide provides a sample of Iowa Women's Archives collections that engage with social justice struggles of the past and present. In particular, it highlights the Latinx and LGBTQ collections that speak to ongoing efforts toward racial and social justice. All of our struggles are connected. This guide also features collections that include material on the anti-racist work of individuals, communities, and organizations, as well as other efforts to confront issues of race and racism.

Specialized projects:

Mujeres Latinas Digital Collection

Migration is Beautiful

Images from Latinx and LGBT collections

Order form for "Black Lesbians, an Annotated Bibliography," 1981

Women’s Resource and Action Center records, Iowa Women's Archives

Brown-Black Coalition, June 1988 (Democratic Presidential Debate)

Ila Plasencia papers, Mujeres Latinas Digital Collection, Iowa Women's Archives

Images from Latinx and LGBT collections

Estefania Joyce Rodriguez sitting on steps with brothers John and Tom (right) in doorway, Bettendorf, Iowa, circa 1925

Estefania Joyce Rodriguez papers, Iowa Women's Archives


Left to right: Juan Raminez, Mary Terronez, Felipe (Bravo) Terronez ~1930
Mary Terronez papers, Iowa Women's Archives