Many histories of social movements have profiled leaders as officers of organizations or public speakers. This definition of leader is limited, and it excludes a wide range of other leaders who are crucial to social movements. Women, laborers, children, and other groups of leaders have been and continue to be pushed out of formal leadership positions through deliberate exclusion as well as structural obstacles caused by sexism, nativism, racism, elitism, etc. Additionally, the leadership roles they created in spite of these challenges have been largely ignored by social movement histories that present leaders though limited lenses of social movement organization officers or high profile spokespeople.
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