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Department Celebrates a Quarter of a Century
The Women's Studies Department at UMD will celebrate its anniversary from October 6-8, 2006 in Duluth. Alumni and friends are invited to attend. Department History
25th Anniversary Events, October 6-8, 2006
Celebration Dinner and Beach Party
For more information contact 726-7953 or see http://www.d.umn.edu/ws
The first Women's Studies Task Force at UMD formed in 1973 to determine the need for a Women's Studies program at UMD. After several years of investigation, work on the minor began in earnest in 1979. The Women's Coordinating Commmittee, made up of Bilin Tsai, Mary Zimmerman, Marge Grevatt, Julie Westlund, Margaret Morris, and other women on campus, worked to create the Women's Studies program. Women's Studies related courses that were taught in psychology, sociology, English, and political science were combined to form the curriculum for the minor.
The first Women's Studies program began San Diego State in 1970. Today, over 700 WS women's studies programs in the U.S offer minors, majors, and graduate degrees.
Women's studies grew out of the women's movement in the 1970s, when many committed professors and students began to address the sexism they saw in the academy by volunteering to organize courses, forums, and conferences.
Women's studies is a field of inquiry that grew from a concern about the way other academic fields ignored or distorted the concerns, histories, theories, experiences, and perspectives of women. Women's studies scholars, with many different points of interest and with many different methods of conducting research, seek to understand the causes, workings, and effects of power inequalities in societies past and present.
The field of women's studies, then, is closely aligned with the overall project of achieving equality for women in society. That commitment to social change makes women's studies scholarship feminist and links it to social movements across the world to end other forms of discrimination.
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