NOT DROWNING BUT WAVING: Women, Feminism and the Liberal Arts

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NOT DROWNING BUT WAVING: Women, Feminism and the Liberal Arts


LeRougetel, Amanda, Herizons


NOT DROWNING BUT WAVING Women, Feminism and the Liberal Arts EDITED BY SUSAN BROWN, JEANNE PERREAULT, JO-ANN WALLACE AND HEATHER ZICKER

A revealing and rewarding collection of writing about women, feminism and the liberal arts. Not Drowning but Waving gave me an appreciation for what female academics experience as they navigate their way through teaching, research and administration in Canadian universities.

The 22 essays include personal stories of life in the academy's trenches, statistical, systemic and historical analyses of women in academe, and narratives of activism in and beyond academia. Topics include overwork, burnout and "radical" collegiality;the corporatization of universities; and critiques of the "waves of feminism" metaphor. The "Activism" section asks "Who benefits from activism?" and addresses issues including sex trafficking, the legacy of Vancouver's disappeared women and the ongoing legal battle between Kimberly Nixon and Vancouver Rape Relief over whether the agency's women-only policy for volunteer counsellors can legally exclude transgendered women.

Some of the writing is densely academic, but most is compelling, probing and enlightening. …

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