Joyce Ladner


Joyce Ladner born Battles, MS October 12, 1943. Sociologist; acting President of Howard University; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organizer, 1960s; authority on Tanzanian women.


"When we got into SNCC I would have been ready to fight some guy if he said, 'You can't do this because you're a woman,' I would have said, 'What the hell are you talking about?' A lot of the women in SNCC were very, very tough and independent-minded. . . We assumed we were equal." (Freedom's Daughters, p. 266; photo 1963 Vets of Civil Rights)