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Women's Studies

Women's studies is a multidisciplinary field devoted to exploring women's issues across diverse populations within local, national, and transnational contexts. The discipline is a relatively modern addition to the backdrop of the academy, its early roots traced to women's exclusion from civic and academic life where, centuries ago, women's college attendance was regarded as experimental. Today, women's well-staked ground in higher education contextualizes the origin and advancement of contemporary feminist thought and the subsequent charting of the Women's Studies field.

From the Ferment of the Sixties

Women's studies as an academic rubric unto itself emerged in the latter part of 1960s, growing out of faculty and student activism common to feminism's second wave-a movement defined by women's fight for reproductive freedoms and sexual, family, and workplace parities. ...

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