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Soc. Sci. 2016, 5(4), 79; doi:10.3390/socsci5040079

What Happened to the Women in Women’s Studies? Rethinking the Role of Women’s History in Gender Studies Classes

Gender and Women’s Studies Program, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208, USA
Academic Editor: Manisha Desai
Received: 1 September 2016 / Revised: 30 November 2016 / Accepted: 15 December 2016 / Published: 18 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
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This commentary discusses the evolving dynamics and the intergenerational “rifts” that often arise in gender and women’s studies classes. The first section outlines the rise of women’s studies programs in the 1970s and the “women-centered” approach most university women’s studies programs and classes embraced. The second section discusses 3rd wave feminism’s expanded interest in intersectionality, masculinity studies, and queer studies and concludes by exploring the possibilities of using the history of women’s studies programs as a way to teach students about the shift of “women to gender” studies and to encourage cross-generational dialogue between feminists. View Full-Text
Keywords: feminism; women’s studies; gender studies; millennial feminism; women’s history feminism; women’s studies; gender studies; millennial feminism; women’s history
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Feitz, L. What Happened to the Women in Women’s Studies? Rethinking the Role of Women’s History in Gender Studies Classes. Soc. Sci. 2016, 5, 79.

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