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Throughout the history of the United States, social and political forces have sought to regulate what is allowable for people – especially women – to do with their bodies. In response, social and political forces have arisen to maintain and expand bodily autonomy for all people. 

As this country finds itself in a post-Roe era with ever-increasing threats to the rights to privacy and bodily autonomy, this exhibit looks at the movements and other efforts that led to, grew out of, and were adjacent to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Through event fliers, newsletters, photographs, and other documentation we learn about the leaders, organizations, and strategies that built these movements.


Curated by Carli V. Lowe, University Archivist

Co-Curation and Research by Christine Nguyen (MLIS '25)

Research by Eilene Lueck (MLIS '23)

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