A Woman's Studies Essay

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Woman’s studies is an interdisciplinary academic field devoted to topics concerning women, gender and feminism; exploring our gender existence, how we perform femininity and masculinity and how this interacts with other aspects of our identities, such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and sexuality. Women’s studies emerged in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s as a concerned women being misrepresentation and trivialization in the higher education curriculum and as well as being excluded from many positions of power authority as colleges faculty and administrators. An example from the “ Women’s Voices /Feminist Vision” book written by Susan M.Shaw Janet lee was “the entire course in English or American literature to include not one …show more content…

For example, historically, white middle class women were expected to end their work or schooling after marriage so they could devote themselves to their domestic roles, in contrast, since slavery, black woman have been expected to work while taking care of their families. Apart from the gender role, today, young woman find themselves facing not one but two social, and self imposed. Ann Quindlen stated on her “Still Needing the F world” report; once the women obsessed about being the perfect homemaker and meeting the standards of their male counterparts, now they obsess about being perfect professional and meeting the standard of their male counterparts.
Women have won the right to do as much as men do. Although feminist activists have fought for women's legal rights such as rights of contract, property rights, and voting rights while also promoting women's rights to bodily integrity and autonomy, abortion rights, and reproductive rights. They have struggled to protect women and girls from domestic violence, sexual harassment, and rape. In the article “ Through the Lens of Race: Black and White women’s perceptions of womanhood” discussed how both, black and white women experience of sexual harassment in the community, concerns about their safety and fears of rape as woman are being approached or groped by strangers. Also black and white women have similar experiences of

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