Introduction to Women's Studies   
Women's Studies 201

Spring Semester 2003

Monday: LECTURE at 2:10 p.m., Design 101

Wednesday and Friday: meet in assigned DISCUSSION SECTION

Professor: Mumbi Mwangi, Section A (2:10), Ross 25

Office: 034 Catt Hall

Phone: 294-0056 E-mail:

Office Hours: Monday 10-12, and by appointment.

Teaching Assistants:

Julie Snyder-Yuly JoAnn Rogers
Section E (12:10), Ross 120 Section B (9:00), Ross 120
Section F (1:10), Ross 120 Section C (10:00), Ross120
Section G (3:10), Ross 120 Section D (11:00), Ross 25
Office: 323 Catt Hall Office: 323 Catt Hall
294-9047 294-9047
Office Hours: Office Hours:
Wednesday 10-11 Tuesday 2-3
Friday 10-11 and by appointment Thursday 2-3 and by appointment


Course Description:

Women's Studies is a field of inquiry that draws on the energy and insights of people in many academic disciplines--history, anthropology, literary studies, biology, philosophy, political science, sociology, music, and so on. In fact, there is hardly an area of academic life that has not been touched (and in numerous cases, greatly transformed) by Women's Studies. Driving this development within the university is a larger political movement, originally called Women’s Liberation when it began in the late 1960s. It was due to the efforts of the women’s movement that the first Women's Studies programs were founded in the early 1970s. This interaction between political activism and academic scholarship continues to distinguish Women’s Studies from other academic disciplines. Accordingly, the goals of Women’s Studies include not just intellectual analysis, but personal and social change to improve the lives of women.

Introduction to Women’s Studies provides a broad overview of the issues and methods of Women’s Studies. The structure of the course reflects the values of the discipline; guest lectures, student-driven discussion, and interdisciplinary perspectives acknowledge the importance of multiple points of view and varying types of expertise. We have also assigned practical/activist activities, which provide opportunities for learning about the world by being a part of it--rather than observing it from above. Additionally, our new course format reflects the fields concerns with understanding the diversity and similarities of women’s experiences around the world.

Your primary connection to the class will be through your discussion leader, who will know you best and will be responsible for evaluating your work.

Required Texts:

These can be purchased at the bookstores.

--Burn, Shawn. Women Across Cultures: A Global Perspective. 2000. (Burn)

--Henson, Maria Rosa. Comfort Woman. 1999.

--Kesselman, et al. Women: Images and Realities. 3rd edition 2002 (WIR)

--Course Reader (available at the University Bookstore in Memorial Union)

(Readings in the course pack are marked R on the syllabus)

Additional copies of many of the required readings are available through the Parks

Library Electronic Reserve.

The Course Web Page:

The syllabus is on the web page, along with various course assignments and class notes.

Check the web page frequently for reading guides for the following weeks sets of readings and for study guides for the exams. Occasionally, notes from the Monday lectures are also posted. The web page additionally contains a list of times and dates of campus events for your Outside Events assignment. This list will be updated regularly as we receive information on events. The web page also contains a number of links to internet sites on women. You will be required to use these sites on occasion. If you lack experience using the internet, talk with your discussion leader and she will assist you.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance at the Monday lectures is mandatory. Much of the information presented in the Monday classes lays the groundwork for the week’s readings and discussions. There will also be much information that will only be presented in the Monday class; guest lectures and films will also take place during the Monday class. Attendance will be taken in the discussion sections. You are allowed 2 unexcused absences.

For every unexcused absence beyond that you will lose 5 points.

Due to the nature of this class, it is vital that you complete the readings on time and come to section prepared to discuss what you read.

Grade Calculation and Due Dates: See Reader for Assignment descriptions and qualifications:

Grade Calculation and Due Dates: See Reader for Assignment descriptions and qualifications:

Total Points: 375

Attendance: 50 Points

Quizzes: 100 Points (4 at 25 Points)

Homework: 30 Points (3 at 30 Points)

1) Assessment of Intersections in your own life.  Feb. 14th

2) Analysis of Women in a Magazine ad.  April 9th

3) You must attend 1 in class event and write a 1-2 page summary and reaction to that event. March 12th


Paper on Comfort Woman: 30 Points 2-4 Due: March 14th

Peer review for Comfort Woman (1 page must be turned in with Comfort Woman paper along with draft) 5 Points

Oral History Paper: 5-7 pages 50 Points (Due: April 11th

Peer review for oral history (1-2 page must be turned in with oral history paper along with draft) 10 Points

Wednesday, April 2nd - switch copies with peer

Friday, April 4th- return your peer reviews to your partner

Monday, April 11th- final drafts along with peer reviewers comments and original drafts and notes due in discussion section.


Outrageous Acts Paper and Presentation: 6-8 pages 100 points (Group Paper; Due: May  2nd) 60 Points

Presentation: 20 Points

Group Reviews: 20 Points

Late papers will not be accepted, if you know you will be gone the day an assignment is due turn it into your section leader early!


Extra Credit:

You may obtain extra credit by attending a maximum of one additional outside events, each worth 5 pts. The event must be relevant to what we are or have discussed in class. In order to obtain the credit, you must submit a one page written report on the event you attended. A schedule of speakers and other events relevant to the course will be posted on the web and updated periodically.

Academic Dishonesty:

Very simply, don’t. Definitions for and any cases of cheating and/or plagiarism will be handled according to the rules stated in the University Bulletin/Code of Ethics. Unless specifically stated, students should not work together and all work must be your own. In cases where students are allowed to work in pairs or groups, we expect each partner to contribute original ideas--in other words, to pull their weight. If this is not the case, we will treat the incident as academic dishonesty. All written work must be your own, and should not be copied or paraphrased from other sources without proper acknowledgment in the form of endnotes or parenthetical citations. Please note that you must treat information you got off the web just as you would information from any other source, and provide a citation. In the case of web materials, the web site address can serve as your bibliographic reference when no author, title, etc. is given on the site.


(Subject to revision, if necessary)

Have readings completed by the day for which they are listed.


WHAT IS FEMINISM: Differences Among Us

M 1/13: Lecture: Introduction to Feminism and Differences

R-Steady Chiama Filomina, "African Feminism: A World Wide Perspective"

W 1/15: Getting acquainted in small sections/taking care of business.

F 1/17: WIR #129, Amy Kesselman, A History of Feminist Movements

in the U.S. p.509 WIR #137, Kate Shanley, Thoughts on Indian Feminism p.538


M 1/20: Dr. Martin Luther King Day -- NO CLASS!!!

W 1/22: WIR #144, Sonia Shah, "Presenting the Blue Goddess: Toward a

National Pan-Asian Feminist Agenda" p.537; WIR #143, Rebecca Walker, "Becoming the Third Wave" p.570; Burn--Introduction

F 1/24: WIR #1, bell hooks, "Talking Back" p.15

WIR #3, Adrienne Rich, "Claiming an Education" p.19; WIR, #5 Kimmel Michael, "Men in Women’s Studies Premises, Perils, and Promise" p.24;

WIR #7, Evan Weissman, "Women’s Studies: A Man’s Perspective" p.34

WEEK 3: Connecting the Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality…

M 1/27: Guest Lecturer

W 1/29: WIR #98: Jewish and Working Class p.387; WIR#103: Carla Trujillo, "Chicana Lesbains", WIR #110 Audre Lourde, "Age, Race, Class, and Sex" p. 427

F 1/31: R—Marilyn Frye, "Oppression"; WIR#10 Marge Piercy, "Work of Artifice" p. 49

WIR #101, "Homophobia and Sexism"


M 2/03: Film: Gender Matters vide 003 365 Burn--chapter 1

W 2/05:Burn--chapter 1 (cont.) WIR #98, Peggy McIntosh, White Privilege p.358

F 2/07: **Quiz over week 1-4**:


M 2/10: Lecturer: Penny Rice to talk about ideas for outrageous acts: Julie Snyder-Yuly The Pay Gap and the Glass Ceiling

Burn—chapter 5

W 2/12: ***One Page Reaction Paper Due from class event***R--Jodi Lipson, Pay Equity: Fact or Fiction? (Outlook 95(2):14-8)

R--Lynn Friedman, Negotiating Salaries: Four Steps to Getting

Paid What Youre Worth (Outlook 95(2):19)

WIR5 #50 Ellen Bravo and Gloria Santa Anna "An Overview of Women and Work" p. 188; R--LAF Adopts Janitors Case

F 2/14: Class discussion on analysis of women and work.

****Homework due: Assessment of Intersection in your own life.***


M 2/17: Panel: Women and Work

W 2/19: WIR#54 Betty Holcomb, "Friendly for Whose Family?" p.202 WIR #60, Ann Crittendon, "How to Bring Children Up Without Putting Women Down" p. 225

WIR #61, Rita Jensen, "Exploding the Stereotypes: Welfare" p.231

F 2/21: #64 Susan Lehrer, "Family and Women’s Lives" p. 251


M 2/24: Film: Mickey Mouse Goes to Haiti vide 003 529

Review Burn chapter 5 pp. 119-22

W 2/26: WIR #141, Cynthia Enloe, The Globetrotting Sneaker p.526

R--Maria Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Maquiladoras: The View from

the Inside (pp.279-87 in Women’s Lives)

F 2/28: Quiz over weeks 5-7; WIR #139, Charlotte Bunch, Bringing the Global Home p.517


be sure to bring course pack with you to lecture and discussion section.

M 3/3: Lecturer: JoAnn Rogers, Sexual Assault

WIR #125, Peggy Reeves Sanday, Naming and Studying Acquaintance Rape p.449

W 3/5: Classes will not meet in small sections. There will be two alternative times announced in class, attendance will be taken at both events but you only need to attend one. 

"Feminism and Pop Culture": 3:00 to 4:00  Campanile , MU.

"Braless Banshees vs. BrainlessBarbies: Feminism for Today"  8:00 , Sun Room , MU

 WIR #121, Athena Devlin, The Shame of Silence p.437

WIR #122, Pamela Fletcher, Whose Body Is It, Anyway? p.439

R--Sexual Assault

R--Date-Rape: Know the Facts Before You React

R--Date-Rape Drugs

R--pamphlet from SART: Characteristics of Acquaintance Rapists and Alcohol and Acquaintance Rape

F 3/7: R--Figure 6.1. The Dynamics of Domestic Violence:

Power and Control Wheel (p.219 Women’s Lives)

WIR #117, Del Martin, AA Letter from a Battered Wife p.424

WIR #118, Mitsuye Yamada, The Club p.426

WIR #119, Ann Jones, Battering: Who’s Going to Stop It? p.426

R--Domestic Violence 101"

R--Are You in an Abusive Relationship?

R--10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Violence Against Women


M 3/10: Guest Lecturer

W 3/12: Comfort Woman (all)

F 3/14: finish discussing Comfort Woman

R-- Evelina Galang, "War and Rememberance: Lola Lucia Alvarez:

R—Tara Agtarap, " Silence No More"

****Turn in Comfort Woman****

WEEK 10: March 17-21, Mon-Fri - Spring break, classes recessed


M 3/24: Lecturer: JoAnn Rogers; Burn--chapter 4

W 3/26: WIR #92, Suzanne Pharr, Homophobia and Sexism p.338

WIR #167 Diane Hugs, "Pleasures"

WIR #45 Zoe Leonard, "Safer Sex is Real Sex" p.

F 3/28: **Quiz weeks 7-10** WIR #49, Robyn Ochs, Bisexuality, Feminism, Men and Me p.155; WIR #47, Anne Koedt, Loving Another Woman p.147

WIR# 43 Yen Le Espiritu, "We Don’t Sleep Around Like White Girls" p. 153

WEEK 12: Work On Outrageous Acts (no classes)

M 3/31

W 4/2

F 4/4


M 4/7: Film: Still Killing Us Softly – Short Lecture Julie Snyder-Yuly

WIR #26, Anastasia Higginbotham, "Teen Mags: How to Get a Guy,

Drop 20 Pounds, and Lose Your Self-Esteem" p.87; WIR #37 Graciela Rodreguez, "Breaking the Model"

W 4/9: bring a favorite magazine to class

R--Mary Pipher, Worshiping the Gods of Thinness (in Reviving Ophelia)

***Analysis of Magazine Ad Due***

F 4/11: R—"Standardizing the Body: The Question of Choice"

WIR #, Naomi Wolf, "The Beauty Myth" p. 123

WIR #32, Nellie Wong, "When I Was Growing Up" p.118; WIR #39, Linda Delgado, "Arroz con Pollo vs Slim-Fast" p.128:

R –Erica Goode, Study Finds TV Trims Fijian Girls Body Image and Eating Habits

R – Exposure to Television Increases Disordered Eating in Adolescent Girls.

***Paper Oral History Paper***


M 04/14: Film: Something Like a War

Burn--chapter 3

W 4/16: WIR #110, Iris Lopez, "Agency and Constraint" p.399

WIR #111, Kathryn Kolbert, "Developing a Reproductive Rights

Agenda for the Next Century" p.406

F 4/18: R--Paula Clarke, "The Myth of Reproductive Freedom"

WIR #71, Carol Stevens, "How Women Get Bad Medicine" p.26


M 4/21: Film: Beyond Beijing

Burn--chapter 10

W 4/23: Burn--chapter 10 (cont.) WIR # 140 "Advancing Women’s Rights: Beijing ’95 and After"

p. 557.

F 4/25: ***Quiz 4 week 8-15*** , WIR # 132 Sara Child Kathie, " Consciousness Raising" p. WIR #147, "Each Day I Go Home with a New Wound in my Heart" p. 586

WEEK 16: Wrapping it up!

M 4/28: Career Panel

W 4/30: Evaluations: Outrageous Acts

F 5/2: Outrageous Acts

***Final Papers Due: Along with Peer Reviews***

Final Meeting: Thursday May 8 (tentative): Outrageous Act Presentations: The best of the best: 1 group from each section will give their presentations. Since meeting during finals is mandatory, attendance will be taken and you will miss points for two classes if you should decide not to attend!


Web Sites about and for Women

Art and More-- women artists, art activist, and more!

Body Issues-- exploring women and bodies, plus a self quiz

Health-- links to women of color health site, breast health, reproductive health, and even more


Herstory-- original  documents form 1970s, info about suffrage movement, other stuff


LGBT Issues-- ISU organization, online lesbian organizations, and search engine

Race and Gender-- a wealth of links about women of color

Sports-- facts, myths, and other stuff about women in sports

Violence--links and information about issues of rape and domestic violence

Work-- links to sites with statistics, other work issues

Miscellaneous--collection of all kinds of interesting information 



Outside Events -- listing of events on campus that could be used for your mandatory outside event and extra credit.                

  Women's Studies Program  

Lecture and Discussion notes:              

Review for Exam 

Notes- additional questions for Oral History Papers

Look and see what the Women's Studies summer(2000) session did!  These are excellent web sites exploring many different topics concerning women.