This class studies the historical development of feminist movements and ideas in the United States from the women’s rights movement in the 19th century to the present. The class will examine how diverse groups of activists organized for and understood the goal of women’s and/or gender equality, focusing especially on the ways that race, class, and sexual identity intersected with political demands over time. This is a writing intensive class in which students will have the chance to analyze historical documents, assess scholarly studies of feminism, and conduct original research.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
participation; three 5-page essays; one longer research paper due at the end of the semester with a research precis, annotated bibliography, and draft due earlier
Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
Three 5-page essays evenly spaced throughout the semester; one longer research paper (10 pages) due at the end of the semester with a research precis, annotated bibliography, and draft due earlier. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
Looking historically at the ways that activists have mobilized to address sex-based inequalities and for social justice, this class examines ways that gender identities intersect with race, class, and sexual identity. The course encourages thoughtful discussion about how difference works historically, how identities and power relationships have been grounded in lived experience, and how one might both critically and productively approach questions of difference, power, and equity.