Shirley Glines

Women’s Studies courses brought together many passions for me, and eventually led to my now being in an M.Ed. program in order to teach women’s history at the college level.
– Shirley Glines ’00, interdisciplinary studies major, women’s studies minor

Women’s Studies Goals

Goals for Plymouth State University Women’s Studies Minors

Interdisciplinary thinking and perspectives reflected in scholarly, creative, and activist work related to issues and experiences that affect women’s lives.

Rigorously inquisitive mindset regarding variant theories and methodologies of Women’s Studies, feminism(s) and gender studies; locating and employing relevant and reliable sources; composing cogent and logical arguments.

Understanding of the complexities of sex, gender and sexuality, including overlapping notions of socially constructed gender and biologically determined sex; understanding the psychological underpinnings of gendered behaviors and their development through the lifespan; recognizing the intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, class, ability, sexual orientation, culture, nationality, religion, and age.

Knowledge of major themes, events, and issues in women’s history, nationally and transnationally, using multiple and diverse historical accounts to understand how gender has been (and is) represented across history and culture and how the past influences women’s lives today.

Anti-oppressive stance, recognizing how feminism and injustice for women intersect with all systems of privilege, power and oppression (such as white supremacy, imperialism, and homophobia); examining one’s own positions of power and working against all oppression with allies and coalitions across diverse social, historical, geographical, economic, cultural, and political contexts.

Engaged citizenship leading to equity, social justice and action.

 

 

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