Sheila Michaels circa 1990s stares straight at the camera with a serious face.  She is standing on a rocky coastline with her back to a body of water.  Land is visible beyond the water.  Her hair is short, she is wearing an olive-colored heavy coat, glasses, and black and silver earrings,  and holding a bouquet of wildflowers.  A light green shoulder strap is across her body with a button that reads "WAR IS TERRORISM".

Sheila Michaels was passionate about fighting and protecting the rights of others.  Through her work as a writer/editor who traveled extensively, she worked in the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, and as a scholar of Jewish biblical women.  She was a champion for the oppressed and exploited. 

Her career was rather diverse. She worked in public relations, journalism, criticism, editing, and as a New York City cab driver. She worked in India, Singapore, Japan, and Laos. She taught Biblical Studies to women's organizations and synagogues.  Through all her experiences and travels, writing was the constant in her life.

Ms. Michaels died in New York City in 2017.

The items in this online exhibit center around Ms. Michaels' life and her devotion to bringing injustice in the world to light.  The materials featured here are from the Sheila Michaels Papers, located in Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi.