GWS 224 Transnational Women's Movements
A gendered examination of twentieth-century social movements and the emergence of autonomous women's organizations and networks worldwide.
The gender and women's studies major takes you from the basics of transnational feminism to an advanced understanding and application of theory, methodology and practice. You shape your experience according to your interests and talents, developing a personalized course of study by combining core courses with any of a range of interdisciplinary electives. Topics include gender in communist states, gender representation in film, women and religion, the psychology of women, postcolonial literature and gendered bodies in motion (dance).
We encourage you to travel abroad to see, experience and learn firsthand about gender issues in other nations and cultures. Students have traveled the world to do research and pursue their studies. Professors and students also sometimes travel together in the U.S. or abroad as part of their Connecticut College coursework.
Our graduates are passionately engaged with the world as intellectuals, activists, artists and writers. They apply their knowledge of gender intelligently and creatively in their work, communities and families every day. Graduates have gone on to law school, master's programs in public policy and teaching, and Ph.D. programs in several disciplines. Others work with non-profits on social justice issues.
Andrea N. Baldwin's long-term research involves transnational feminist pedagogies and praxis, theorizing love as power in intimate heterosexual relationships in the Anglophone Caribbean, the migration of Caribbean women as a form of care work, and cyber feminism.
Joyce Bennett is an anthropologist whose research and teaching focus on sociocultural and sociolinguistic issues in Mesoamerica. She mostly focuses on the Kaqchikel-speaking population of the Western highlands of Guatemala, but she is also interested in other ethnolinguistic groups in the country and, most recently, some of their indigenous counterparts in North America.
Candace Howes is working on the problems of the long-term-care workforce and low wage workers. She previously taught at the University of Notre Dame and served as the auto industry analyst for the United Auto Workers in Detroit. She also provides research assistance and expert testimony for the advocacy groups that support long term care workers and consumers.
Rotramel's research and teaching agenda reflect her interdisciplinary training and commitment to bridging theoretical and practical engagements of identity and social justice issues. Professor Rotramel has taught Feminist Approaches to Disability Studies, Transnational Women's Movements and Public Policy and Social Ethics, Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies, Introduction to Queer Studies and Feminist Theory.
Gender and women's studies
A: I wanted to attend a small college where I could develop personal relationships with my professors. I went to a small elementary school and a small high school. I understood the value of teacher-student interaction and didn't want to lose that. I was also drawn by the opportunities to internationalize my education through study abroad and the different centers.
A: I stumbled across some statistics from my country, Sierra Leone. Back then, we had the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. About the same time, I became interested in the issue of obstetric fistula, and all of a sudden my head was full of women's reproductive health issues. It only took me one class to come to the conclusion that a degree in gender and women's studies was what I wanted to pursue. Since then, I've had quite the diverse, international, woman-centered undergraduate career.
A: I studied health, gender and community empowerment in Mali during the spring semester of my junior year. I am interested in African women's health and empowerment and hope to work in a non-profit after graduation.