Interview with Roberta Jackel

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Interview with Roberta Jackel


Social justice
Women's rights
Women's March on Washington
Washington, D.C.


An oral history with Roberta Jackel, an employee of Auburn University, concerning her participation in the Women's March on Washington that occurred on January 21, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Jackel offers compelling commentary about growing up in Atlanta, GA during the Civil Rights Movement and her witness to the rise of Women's Liberation. She details her internship and later seasonal employment at an abortion clinic in downtown Atlanta in the 1970s, which helped to shape her values on women's reproductive rights. Jackel's oral history offers a lens through which to view the tenuousness of the rights bestowed upon Americans in the 1960s and 1970s as she expounds on her recent efforts to remain involved in local and national activism, fearing the restriction or retraction of those rights.

Her testimony includes a comical anecdote about Jane Fonda napping in her (future) husband's bed after an anti-war protest in Atlanta.


Roberta Jackel


Special Collections and Archives


Auburn University Libraries


February 12, 2017


Heather M. Haley, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, Auburn University, in cooperation with the University Archives and Special Collections


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Heather M. Haley


Roberta Jackel


Bond Library, Thach Hall, Auburn University (Auburn, AL)

Time Summary

00:00:00 - Introduction
00:03:03 - Segregated public school education in Atlanta, GA
00:06:38 - Growing up in an immigrant Jewish family
00:13:04 - Employment at a crisis center and involvement in women's consciousness-raising
00:16:22 - Law school at the University of Georgia and engagement with Women Law Students Association
00:23:13 - Ideological beliefs in women's reproductive choice
00:26:41 - Anti-war protests and Atlanta International Pop Festival
00:32:24 - Jackel Family's political and ideological leanings
00:36:44 - Internship at an abortion clinic in Atlanta, GA and sex education in the 1970s
00:47:48 - Election Day, November 8, 2016
00:57:47 - Morning after the election
00:53:47 - Travel to Baltimore, MD and Donald Trump's inauguration
01:03:43 - Women's March (in Washington, D.C.)
01:25:58 - Return to Alabama
01:29:57 - Maintaining the momentum
01:37:18 - Roberta's final thoughts

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