Leading the Way in Women’s Studies
Comparative women’s studies is an integral part of the groundbreaking programs of the Women’s Research and Resource Center. A first among historically Black colleges, this unique interdisciplinary program places an emphasis on Black feminist theory, women’s health, digital media documentation stories of women’s lives, and activism.
“Since the 1970s, there has been a national women’s studies movement that has been one of the most transformative interdisciplinary projects in higher education, and Spelman has been at the forefront of that movement,” said Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies and founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center.
Shifting the Focus to Major
Elevating women’s studies to a major allows the College to continue leading the path in educating and creating a global community of progressive women and men who envision a world free from injustice, exploitation, violence, poverty, waste, greed, illness and misogyny.
In October 2010, Danielle Taylor Phillips, Ph.D., C'2004, received her doctorate in women's and gender studies from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, making her Spelman’s first comparative women’s studies graduate to receive a doctorate in women’s studies.
“Spelman provided a strong foundation that prepared me for graduate school and beyond through the intellectual support and affirmation that the professors offered to students and through the exchange of ideas that could have only emerged in dialogues between the particular diversity of students in Spelman’s classrooms,” said Dr. Phillips, who is beginning a tenure-track position as an assistant professor at Texas Woman’s University in the Women’s Studies Department.