Feminist & Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that studies and develops theories that interrogates power and dominance, especially that which results in oppression based on the inextricably linked lines of sexuality, race, gender, class, and other social, cultural, and political markers. We also study and develop critical practices designed to eradicate oppression, as well as to understand how various communities understand and resist, reject, and reproduce it. Along these lines, we undertake intellectual work developed in academic disciplines including, but not limited to, sociology, psychology, history, literature, political science, anthropology, and economics, but we also remain committed to intellectual collaboration outside of the academy.
Along these lines, one of our top priorities is providing opportunities for our students to participate in professional development, which includes taking them to the National Women’s Studies Association annual conference to network with the Undergraduate Student Caucus. Here, students draft and revise cover letters and resumes, practice interviewing, and network with professionals in the field—whether they have careers in academia, the non-profit sector, health and medicine, creative arts, or other areas—so they can learn how to effectively articulate the strengths of their undergraduate degree. Similarly, we have long been interested in funding student participation in the SoapBox Feminist Camp, which provides participants with “a front-row seat to feminist work, activism, and action beyond classroom theories” to learn from professionals who are “working for non-profits, volunteering, creating art, organizing, protesting, running businesses, and translating theory into action.”
We hope, then, that you will join us in supporting these needs by donating to Feminist & Gender Studies, as your gift will directly and significantly help our students.