Experiments with Truth: Analysis

Mary King: Successful social movements expand space for other struggles

Mary King has earned international acclaim for her writing and work focused on social justice movements around the globe. But the important role she played in helping to advance the struggle for women’s rights is a lesser known story of how the success of one social movement, the US civil rights struggle, helped to expand the space for another movement.

King’s consciousness of women’s rights was shaped years ago by her organizing and media work for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), an organizing group at the heart of the U.S. civil rights movement that played out in the 1960s.

From a tiny spark, the kind produced by pure belief in something and by the wild and willful certainty of youth, Mary King, while with the SNCC, is credited with helping to plant a seed for the modern women’s rights movement.

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