Women's Studies Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 3/4, Fall

Berkeley, 1969: A Memoir
In my memory, the early feminists I studied in school are caricatures: Strident and histrionic, bustling about in prim hats and flounces of skirts, they fuss about women's rights until they eventually get the vote and stop complaining. The image, planted...
Choose Your Own Critical Adventure in (Cyber)space: How2 and the Impact of the Online Medium
In 1983, Kathleen Fraser began a small journal of innovative women's poetics called HOW(ever). It ran through 1992 and in 1999 was reinvented as the online journal HOW2, explicitly committed to "extending HOW(ever)'s original spirit of inquiry into modernist...
Developing Women's Studies at Georgia Institute of Technology
Over the past thirty years, the impact and interaction between the emerging interdisciplinary field of women's studies and the proliferating technological disciplines has increased from nonexistent to minimal. In many respects, the paucity of crossover...
Disciplining Feminism: From Social Activism to Academic Discourse
All stripes of feminists need to read this book, which is written lucidly, compellingly, and in a narrative style that accommodates intellectual analysis. Whether readers agree or disagree with her arguments, they will have to acknowledge that Messer-Davidow...
Doing Women's Studies on the Sly at LaGuardia Community College
You see, they had had no wars. They had had no kings, and no priests, and no aristocracies. They were sisters, and as they grew, they grew together-not by competition, but by united action. -Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland (51) Many feminist writers,...
Editorial
On the morning of 11 September 2001, we were en route to a meeting to discuss our plans for editing this issue of Women's Studies Quarterly at our Borough of Manhattan Community College offices, four short blocks north of the former World Trade Center....
From Social Construction to Social Justice: Transforming How We Teach about Intersexuality
Intersex is technically defined as a group of medical conditions that involve "congenital anomaly of the reproductive and sexual system." In other words, intersex people are those born with physical conditions that result in atypical internal or external...
Hull-House and Women's Studies: Parallel Approaches for First- and Second-Wave Feminists
Women's studies arose out of the movement of second-wave feminism in the 1960s. Its passion drew on activism, its research questions emerged out of that activist engagement, and many of its practitioners saw women's studies as the academic arm of the...
'I Don't Know Where This Will Take Me': Rethinking Study/work Relationships for Women's Studies Students
The specific relationship between women's studies programs and students' postgraduation career and employment aspirations is an underresearched issue. While some attention has been given to graduate tracking,1 the career aspirations of students entering...
Implications and Articulations: The Ph.D. in Women's Studies
Morning, noon, and night we crossed lobbies and hallways decked out with hanging televisions, catching or avoiding voices and images of terror, fear, and war-garish, round-the-clock newscasts aimed at whipping up uncritical patriotism. Despite the trauma...
Legacy
When I first composed this piece, which I delivered as a talk at the conference "Then and Now: The Politics of Women's Studies," held at the City University of New York's Graduate Center in December 2000, the World Trade Center still stood and the Pentagon...
Nomadic Tutelage
For Audre Lorde You strike your head against a door and pluck it back again. Ancient gesture, ineluctable, bone bruising wood and the lyric rears itself, a silken hood. Gamba Adisa you have come to say to me Afraid is a country with no exit visas. You...
Outsiders, Interlopers, and Ingrates: The Tenuous Position of Women of Color in Women's Studies
And if we don't fight / if we don't resist / if we don't organize and unify and / get the power to control our own lives / Then we will wear / the exaggerated look of captivity / the stylized look of submission / the bizarre look of suicide / the dehumanized...
Still Changing Academe after All These Years
In the mid-1980s, the Feminist Press began to prepare a series of original memoirs of women who had come to consciousness before and/or in the midst of the women's movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The series, we thought, responded to the need for a feminist...
Sustaining and Disbanding the Women's Studies Committee at Greenfield Community College
Women's studies is an institutional change movement that continues both to flourish and flounder in the academy with varying degrees of success for institutions, faculty, and program directors as well as students (Luebke and Reilly; Mahar and Tetreault;...
Teaching as Healing at Ground Zero
11 May 2002: We New Yorkers like to think that we're at the center of it all, but when the rest of the world believes that, too-though with entirely negative connotations-we're shocked and outraged. Luckily, New Yorkers also tend to spring back from...
Teaching Motherhood in History
When I tell people that I regularly teach a course on the history of motherhood, there is almost always a flicker of genuine interest and surprise, not only from academics but from neighbors, friends, acquaintances, and relatives, especially the mothers....
Then and Now in Women's Studies: My Pedagogical Bequest
The first thing it takes to survive is friends. The second thing it takes to survive is friendly people in high places. -Electa Arenal, "Then and Now: The Politics of Women's Studies" Conference, 2 December 2000 We need to get perspective on a university...
Theory and Activism in a Core Course: Beyond Service Learning
The interaction between feminist theory and practice is a challenging concept in contemporary women's studies courses. Although feminism is historically rooted in activism, students sometimes lack familiarity with the activism that was deeply woven into...
Unpacking the Mother/daughter Baggage: Reassessing Second- and Third-Wave Tensions
We want to use our newfound freedoms, and talk about them, and maybe even modify them a bit, but older feminists seem more concerned with just sitting on them, sticking blindly with a single political agenda. No deviation allowed! Janis Cortese (1999)...
Using Women's Studies to Change the University for All Women: Report from University of Wisconsin-Superior
Women's studies has grown out of the political activism of the 1960s and 1970s. As we have moved into the academy, our activism and unwillingness to accept the status quo has been a source of contention, both inside and outside of women's studies. We...
Women and Work: Class within the Classroom
The increased numbers of working women in the college classroom provide scholars and instructors with unique opportunities to develop new scholarship and theories about the working class and its connection to gender and race and ethnicity. Previous theories...
Women's Studies as Women's History
Thirty years after it was institutionalized in the U.S. academy, women's history now has a secure place in American higher education. The history of women's studies, however, remains mostly lost amid the politics that deny it legitimacy, both within...
Women's Studies in the 'Women's Professions'
At the height of the women's liberation movement of the early 1970s, Margaret Adams, a leading social worker, wrote a searing indictment of how the women's "helping professions" perpetuated women's oppression and how women themselves collaborated in...
Women's Studies Online: An Oxymoron?
Over thirty years ago now, the first women's studies courses tentatively made a space of their own in the curriculum of the social sciences in higher education. The women academics that taught were on the cutting edge of developing a feminist pedagogy...
Women's Studies on the Border: University of Texas at El Paso
The women's studies faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) continues to benefit from the feminist battles won in the 1970s and 1980s. Because of the early efforts of Mimi Gladstein, Lois Marchino, Kathy Staudt, Gaye Young, and Eleanor Duke,...
Women's Studies without a Women's Studies Program: The Case of Hostos Community College
Speaking to Smith College seniors in 1979, Adrienne Rich asked, "What does a woman need to know to become a self-conscious, self-- defining human being?" In response, Rich passionately and cogently argued for the rationale and purpose still served by...

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