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Feminist Research

Feminist research in higher education places gender and the gendered realities of social life at the center of analysis. The purpose of feminist research is to illuminate lived experiences of gendered oppression, to expose and address inequity and inequality, and to contribute to feminist activism and social transformation. This entry introduces feminism(s) in higher education, presents elements of research design, and discusses key tenets of feminist research in higher education.

Feminism(s) in Higher Education

“Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.” This quotation frequently appears on magnets and bumper stickers but first appeared in an academic journal article by feminist writer Marie Shear. The assertion that all people are not men, and that all women are people, may not seem revolutionary on its surface. Yet, ...

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