Date of Award


Degree Type

Open Access Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Applied Women's Studies, MA


School of Arts and Humanities

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Valorie D. Thomas

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Linda M. Perkins

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The need to teach students how to be community activists becomes increasingly relevant as women's studies continues to evolve from its activist roots. Living in a culture that discourages activist work, many women's studies students feel passionately about activist issues, but with frustrating paralysis. For this reason, many of them pursue graduate degrees to equip themselves for an activist-oriented life, since they are not sure how to do this themselves. Without the presence of a concrete social movement, women's studies students need activist behavior and community modeled for them through the institution of the university. Teaching feminist activism to women's studies students will not only provide them with a context in which to discuss women's issues but should also provide tools for a feminist way of life-whether it be deconstructing institutions, feminist networking, policy making or grant writing.


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