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Impact That College Has On Feminism And The Effect That Feminism Has On College

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In our first week’s readings we were introduced to many different articles. These articles all had a central idea, and that was to introduce us to what women’s studies are. We learned a little about the history behind the women’s movement, with many important women who have help mold what feminism is today. In this week’s response paper, I am going to discuss the impact that college has on feminism and the effect that feminism has on college. They go hand –in-hand.
My first look at the importance of college and feminism came with reading Claiming an Education by Adrienne Rich. What an eye opening article. I would have never thought to use the term claim about my educational rights. I ...view middle of the document...

If it was not for these strong women fighting for our educational rights, who knows if we would be in colleges and universities all over the world, and it’s clear to see that a lot of us women gain our knowledge on women’s rights through classes that we take during our years in college and university.
My second reading came directly from our book Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings by Susan M. Shaw and Janet Lee. There was some brief history, and some outline to really let us know what women’s studies means. I was mostly focused on the section about Women and Education. “Education is a basic right. It is essential for development.”(5) This could not be truer, but for a long time, this was not our right. And again after the fight that feminist put fourth, here I sit at my computer desk typing out an essay for a class on women’s studies. It just boggles my mind to think that a hundred years ago, this wouldn’t be happening. There is some interesting numbers that are shown in this article, and they are pretty sad, but being as optimistic as I am, I try and look at them as us women moving forward. “The lowest literacy rates for women can be found in South and West Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Arab States. Even though these have increased in recent times..”(5) This is not all bad news, as I said, it is quite distressing to see that these women are not being educated as we are, but the number has increased. These statistics are from 2006, it is now 2011, and I would love to see if the numbers have gone up even more. We just have to take one small step at a time. This article also talks about how “the U.S. women’s movement continues to be successful in bringing about various legal and political changes that increase women’s status in society and in higher education”(7) This is exactly what I was talking about, women will continue to make an impact on education, and within our education we can be taught, and pass on the knowledge of feminism to others after us.
The last article I read was Real Men Join the Movement by Michael Kimmel. First off, I will be completely honest, I...

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