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The links on this page were developed by the Women's Studies 201, Summer 2000 class. These pages were set up so that students ( or anyone else) who are pursuing some of the topics below would have a starting point for looking at acredited academic information on the Web and other academic sources.


Surf the web to see women in the forefront of change!

The Image of Beauty in Western Culture

All the women want to have young-healthy looking skin, no matter how old they are. Every year, they spend a lot of money on skin care products, makeup and cosmetic surgeries. Also, many new cosmetics appear in the market to provide different women's needs. The comestic industry is growing very fast and gradually getting bigger. Why women spend fortunes on cosmetics? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using cosmetics? Do the products and surgeries always work, or are they just useless and waste of money? Let's find out!


This site is to inform you of the differences between culture, race, and religion with in families and the sex-roles within them. Feminism has been changing and growing every day and so have women's viewpoints. Many traditional sex-role females are noticing these changes and are realizing that they no longer have to be the homemakers that text books have made them out to be. Inconclusion many women are experencing stuggle with coming to a balence that is acceptable for them to live with. Many women with very traditional por say "old fashioned" viewpoints of sex-roles within the family are coming to the realization that they want to become more independant and less dependant on the stereo typical lifestyle that they are living in.

Eating Disorders

Regardless of your age, background, or family history, chances are good that you know someone with an eating disorder, or perhaps you are suffering from one yourself. The following website and links described what is eating disorder, the symptoms the victims may have, the consequences they may face, and the available treatment for the patients.

HIV and Motherhood

This site was created by Iowa State University students enrolled in a Women's Studies class. We are not, nor are we claiming to be experts in this area. Our goal is strictly to create a resourse for women who are traveling this path. We have included information, statistics, medical information, advocacy, personal stories and other topics that we hope you will find useful. We hope that this site and the links we have found assist you in your search for knowledge. We have chosen to open our page with the above poem. It is in many ways hard to read with the touching way the author passes on the struggle and loss to the reader, yet it shows perfectly that HIV/AIDS effects many more than those who have become infected in this epedemic. This sentiment is well known by those women who have fallen victim to this disease and are pregnant. Care for yourself and support others.

Women and Professional Sports

Professional athletic leagues for men are heads above women's when it comes to pay, endorsements, and media coverage. The purpose of this page is to educate about the evolving world of women's professional sports, through providing information about gender inequality in the professional sports league, resources for athletes, and links to women's professional sports leagues.



This site is dedicated to providing information about the industry of prostitution. Included in our web page is a brief history of prostitution, and information about modern day trafficking of women, and the steps being made to stop the trafficking of women. This site also contains links to related web sites including a prostitution advocacy group.


Body Image

Many girls and women in the United States turn to eating disorders to try to live up to the beauty standards set by the media. If you think you have a problem, or want more information these links are a good start.


Women, High School Sports, and Title IX

This page is designed to inform and educate the reader about Title IX and its effects. When I began this page I knew little or nothing about this important law that affects so many people each year. Since its enactment in 1972, Title IX has changed the face of athletics. There is much opposition to the law today, but my goal is for everyone who reads this page to have a better understanding of Title IX and the strides high school and collegiate women have made athletically. Please check out the links and contact me with any questions or comments that you might have


Violence against Women

Physical Battering- The abuser's physical attacks or aggresive behavior can range from bruising to murder. It often begins with what is excused as trivial contacts which escalate into more frequent attacks.

Sexual Abuse- Physical attack by the abuser is often accompanied by, or culminates in, sexual violence wherein the woman is forced to have sexual intercourse with her abuser or take part in unwanted sexual activiity.

Psychological Battering- The abuser's psychological or mental violence can include constant verbal abuse, harassment, excessive possessiveness, isolating the woman from friends and family, deprivation of physical and economic resources, and destruction of personal property.


Women and the Wage Gap

This site is under construciton

Working Women

This webpage will focus on the wage gap seen between men and women. It will look into possible reasons for this gap and organizations that can help decrease the gap. A checklist is also included so that women can check to see if they are being discriminated against, and what to do if they are. It is important for women to know how far they have come in the workforce and how far they still have to go.

A special Thanks to Joe Struss who patiently answered all our questions and provided the informtion we needed to be as creative as possible.

Women's Studies 201

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