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Ellen Barry

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Women Prisoners on the Cutting Edge: Development of the Activist Women Prisoners’ Rights Movement

This article reflects on how women altered the prisoners’ rights movement between 1975 and the 1990s. Over the past 25 years, inside and outside of prison, in progressive organizations and in more mainstream efforts, in adult prisons and juvenile facilities, gender has become an increasingly prominent and urgent issue. Although women and girls are still a small minority of the overall prison population, issues affecting women and girls, and, by extension, children, families, and community members, have had a significant impact in shaping the emerging dialogue about the US prison-industrial complex.

social movements, prisoners — women; mothers; prisoners — prisoners rights; United States — National Network for Women in Prison [NNWP]

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 27, No. 3 (2000): 168-175