The term social justice is defined by Merriam-Webster as: a state or doctrine of egalitarianism. Merriam-Webster defines egalitarianism as: a belief in human equality especially with respect to social, political, and economical affairs. The mission of this site is to promote equality, educate about equality, and bring equality to and in the United States of America. This Omeka website is the result of two projects.
The original project attempts to tell the history of the Women's Rights Movement in 25 images, specifically from 1868-1918. The Women's Rights Movement began long before 1868 when the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified. However, the movement did not have much momentum before the Fourteenth Amendment was passed. Although the movement after 1868 did not directly lead to women's suffrage, it did lay the groundwork for the next generation of women in the next century start their own movement which would lead women's suffrage. World War I, and the work that women did during World War I, proved to the public that women were capable of other tasks besides working in their homes, which contributed to the decision to create and ratify the Nineteenth Amendment giving women suffrage. Political Cartoons and other drawings and images of the movement show the public's opinion of the movement throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The images show a perspective on the Women's Rights Movement not always seen, particularly the political cartoons that provide the villainization of both sides of the movement, both those for the movement and those opposed.
The second project is also focused on images, however, these images show poverty in the past, in the United States of America. There are three collections for this project and an exhibit. The collections of images focus on Hull house, the Works Progress Administration, and the National Youth Administration, which is a subgroup of the Works Progress Administration. The collections and the exhibit are an attempt to find the origins of the stigma against poverty in the United States of America, specifically the content surrounding Hull House. The collections and exhibits are also an attempt to find government policies that helped alleviate poverty in the United States of America.
Most of the images from both projects came from Wikimedia Commons and The Library of Congress.