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The Changemakers

This website presents more of the stories of the HIV/AIDS activists, advocates, and policy officials that make up the book Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality by Celeste Watkins-Hayes. Here you will find an interactive timeline and map featuring some of the individuals and organizations that have shaped HIV/AIDS activism in America..

Interactive Timeline

Explore an interactive timeline featuring the lives and work of HIV activists, advocates, and policy officials presented in Remaking a Life.

Teaching Resources

A collection of readings and resources for those interested in teaching Remaking a Life in the classroom.

Story Map

Explore a story map featuring organizations shaping HIV/AIDS activism in America.

The Book

For more information about the book, Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality, visit and find a copy at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon.

Celeste Watkins-Hayes

I am a Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University, author, and educator widely credited for my research at the intersection of inequality, public policy, and institutions, with a special focus on urban poverty and race, class, and gender studies. The consistent thread in my work from my graduate training in Harvard’s Sociology department and Multidisciplinary Training Program in Inequality & Social Policy to the present is my scholarship’s direct engagement with national debates in the public and policy spheres.

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