WOMS202.docx - WOMS 202 Women around the world share common experiences because they are all women New field of academic study o Started in 1970s o

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WOMS 202 Women around the world share common experiences because they are all women. New field of academic study o Started in 1970s o Connected to women’s activism o Connection to feminism o Interdisciplinary (using different fields of study) o Forms of evidence to discuss experience of women o Theory o Bringing together scholars from different fields o Lens o Controversial Bias o Marginalized Feminism- a belief in the social, political and Economic equality of the sexes. Women’s Study before 1970 Long history of women writers, scholars and activist Women as the first historians Women as the collectors of history in oral traditions Women as “amateur historians” in the west Bonnie Smith, the gender of history: Men, Women and Historical practice. Collected histories and preserved memories through scrapbooks 1870s; History as an academic field Universal truth Renders women invisible Lucy Maynard Salmon (1853-1927) Impressive academic career History of the appointing power of the president 1888: Vassar Shift in the focus of her work o Domestic service, kitchen, cookbooks o Social history
o Inter disciplinary o Met with hostility The Coming of Women’s Studies First wave Feminism o 1830s-1920 o Basic rights: property, witness at trial, lawsuits, education, vote o WWI- gain right to vote Outside of the West o Women writing and speaking of their condition Robkeya Sakhawat Hossain o Bengali writer, educationist, social activist, and advocate of women’s rights o 1905 Sultanas Dream World where women are in charge End Imperialism o 120S-1950S Lack of advancement for women across the globe Suffrage does not bring “equality” De colonization does not bring women’s rights Print/ Print Culture o Lady Muraski Tale of Genji ( 1924) o Pearl Buck The Good Earth (1931) Women’s Publications o Household management o Reprints reports on the status of women o Material culture Museum 1960S-1970S: A New Wave of Activism o 1960S: social protest o Equal Rights Ammendment (ERA) Discrimination based on Gender Access Reproductive rights o De colonization Resist repressive governments
o 1968 Womens’s Liberation The personal is political Sexuality Isms Sexism A new wave of activism o Interconnection between activism and women;s studies courses o Activists provide materials for courses o Activists want courses that speak to their issues o Smash the patriarchy o Sexism in history “Age of Discovery” o Recover lost voices Exemplary women Women writers Women in key movements 1970S-1980S o A third wave Challenge assumptions of the 2 nd wave “woman” dealt with issues of race and class Intersectionality Womanism Scholarship From recovery to analysis Dynamics of power 1990S- Present o New fields of study and inquiry o Sexuality o Disability o Trans issues Gender Studies o Masculinity studies o Imperialism and gender Gender as a lens to understand the world

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