From the Virginia Feminist Oral History Project Collection

Creating a Progressive Commonwealth:

Women Activists, Feminism, and Politics of Social Change in Virginia, 1970s-2000s



James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


The 2,999,999th volume is The Virginia Feminist Oral History Project, 2013–2014 by Megan Shockley, Ph.D., a collection of born-digital oral histories made available online through Special Collections and Archives via a finding aid. Shockley’s donation of this material makes it possible for VCU Libraries to preserve and provide access to the voices of second-wave feminists throughout Virginia. In a talk titled “Creating a Progressive Commonwealth: Women Activists, Feminism, and the Politics of Social Change in Virginia, 1970s–2000s,” she discusses her work on and findings from the project. The talk is followed by a reception.

VCU Libraries celebrates the 3-millionth addition to its library collections in 2018 with a series of events called Milestones. The events highlight the 2,999,999th volume (an oral history collection featuring second-wave feminists in central Virginia), the 3,000,000th volume (a seminal new book about treatment of traumatic brain injury, co-authored by David X. Cifu, M.D., chair of VCU’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) and the 3,000,001st volume (an artists’ book by VCU alumna Colette Fu).

This event, like every event in the Milestones series, is free and open to all, but please register. For special accommodations, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593 at least two days prior to the event.

Schedule and Registration

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About the Speaker

Megan Shockley, Ph.D., is the author of the forthcoming Combating Southern Patriarchy: Virginia Feminists and the Politics of Social Change (Louisiana State University Press, 2018), which draws from the oral histories that make up The Virginia Feminist Oral History Project, the 2,999,999th volume to be added to VCU Libraries’ collection. She is also the author of Changing History: Virginia Women Through Four Centuries (with Cynthia Kierner and Jennifer Loux) (Library of Virginia Press, 2013), The Captain’s Widow of Sandwich: Self-Invention and the Life of Hannah Rebecca Burgess, 1834–1917 (New York University Press, 2010) and We, Too, Are Americans’: African American Women in Detroit and Richmond, 1940–1954 (University of Illinois Press, 2004). She teaches courses in museum studies, heritage tourism, digital history and women’s history at Clemson University. She is the coordinator of the Public History Emphasis Area Program and supervises internships and is a project manager on the Palmetto History Project.

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