Why Women’s Studies is more popular than ever–some recent news stories from NWSA

We wanted to share some recent news stories that highlight our field, NWSA members and leaders, and call attention to important trends and issues.

Women’s studies has changed over the years—and it’s more popular than ever

Drew Nelson, a business major at Indiana University, never expected he would pick up a minor in the subject.

“I wasn’t very interested in the subject, to be honest, but once I started doing a lot of the class readings and having discussions with people in the class, I got kind of interested,” Nelson said.

Read the full story here.

A New Era of Student Unrest?

Student activism sporadically reoccurred in the 2000s, when, according to University of Illinois Professor Barbara Ransby, students shape “the conscience of the university” by raising awareness about racial inequality, sexual assault on campus, immigrant rights, homophobia and unequal rights for the LGBTQ community, as well as global issues such as the Palestinian crisis.

Read the full story here.

NWSA President Barbara Ransby Featured

Top 25 Women in Higher Education and Beyond

A historian, writer and political activist, Ransby’s work focuses on the civil rights movement and feminism.

See all of the women selected here.

A feminist glossary because we didn’t all major in gender studies

Like any “ism,” feminism is rich with jargon, which can lead deeply personal conversations to turn unnecessarily dense. And while some terms are entrenched, others are contemporary additions to an evolving lexicon. To help you break through, here are definitions for everything from “feminism” and “misogyny” to “bropropriated” and “feminazi.”

Read the full story here.

Saucon Valley would be on the cutting edge with gender studies course

In the introductory class on women’s and gender studies at Lafayette College, students examine how gender shapes their interactions with the world.

Read more about the debate to approve a gender studies elective for high school seniors here.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts about these stories.

Allison Kimmich
Executive Director

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11 E Mount Royal Suite 100 · Baltimore, MD 21202

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