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 using gender and sexuality as categories of analysis, the history of women’s movements, contemporary struggles over issues such as sexual and domestic violence, gender equity in work, and women’s status in family, faith and nation. Upper level courses further develop students’ knowledge of feminist theory and research methods in order to support their own research. Students can take cross-listed courses to either connect their gender and women’s studies interests to another discipline or to learn more about subjects from many perspectives.
Students have opportunities throughout their coursework to put theory into practice. From community-based learning with New London community partners to summer internships in the US and abroad, GWS students get hands-on experience working with GWS practitioners. Study Away provides another opportunity for students to experience and learn firsthand about gender issues in other nations and cultures. GWS professors and students also sometimes travel together in the U.S. or abroad as part of their Connecticut College coursework or to participate in GWS-related conferences.
Our graduates draw upon the knowledge and skills they learn in GWS to passionately engage the world. The interdisciplinary and praxis focus of our department ensures that students graduate with experience in research and advocacy skills and in cross-cultural communication that is highly valued by employers and graduate schools. They are practitioners, advocates, intellectuals, teachers, artists and writers. Graduates may go directly into work in a range of fields from dance, human resources, publishing, and business or they may go on to do graduate work in law, public policy and teaching.
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.
As an English professor, Julie Rivkin works on American literature and literary theory, and recently turned her attention to issues raised by gender studies and contemporary literature. She is probably best known for her work on Henry James: her book False Positions: The Representational Logics of Henry James's Fiction (Stanford University Press, 1996) offers approachable yet theoretical readings of James's novels.
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.