Politics of Women's Studies Testimony from Thirty Founding Mothers

ISBN-10: 1558612416

ISBN-13: 9781558612419

Edition: 2000 (Unabridged)

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In the patriarchal halls of 1970s academe, women who spoke their minds risked their careers. Yet intrepid women -- students, faculty, administrators, members of the community -- persisted in building women's studies. In doing so, they created a movement and altered curricula and teaching styles across the disciplines. Now, in an unprecedented volume that captures both the history of a pivotal era and the drama of personal risks, triumphs, and losses, 30 scholars and activists document their work to establish women's studies programs. These original essays by 'founding mothers' feature a diversity of voices: young graduate students or new PhDs just beginning to teach and untenured; tenured professors in search of ways to improve their students' capacities to learn; older, veteran academics at last witnessing change; and even a few administrators. Founders grappled not only with issues of gender, but with those of class, race, and sexuality, in a decade infused with political unrest, when civil rights and anti-war activism as well as feminism shaped academic worlds.
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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Feminist Press at The City University of New York
Publication date: 8/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Preface: Everyone a Heroine
Naming the Problem: The Absence of Women from the Curriculum and Scholarship
Learning from Teaching
Teaching Across the Boundaries of Race and Class
Beginning in the 1960s
The Evolution of a Consortial Women's Studies Program
Overcoming Barriers: Ridicule, Reluctance, and Refusals
The Gender Revolution
Moving from the Periphery to the Center
Imploding Marginality
A Cause of Our Own
An Odyssey
Inventing Successful Strategies: The Power of Groups, Planning, and Publicity
The Deodorant of Success
The Women's Studies Moment: 1972
From the Bottom Up: The Students' Initiative
The Academy and the Activist: Collective Practice and Multicultural Focus
Providing Feminist Scholarship: For Texts, Teaching, and Other Scholars
"What Women Writers?": Plotting Women's Studies in New York
Building Black Women's Studies
Charting a Personal Journey: A Road to Women's Studies
Other Mothers of Women's Studies
Building Women's Studies Programs: No Easy Task Anywhere
Modern Woman Not Lost
Dreams of Social Justice
Changing Signs
A Sense of Discovery, Mixed with a Sense of Justice
A Political Education
Has It Really Been Thirty Years?
Linking Ethnic Studies to Women's Studies
Looking Back: Cups Half Empty or Half Full?
The Long Road Through Gendered Questions
Making a Place
The Ground Revisited
There Were Godmothers, Too
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