Academics: Majors and Programs

Women's Studies

What Can You Do with a Comparative Women's Studies Degree?

Students who have specialized in women's studies pursue occupations in:

  • public health, medicine, social and human services
  • education and library services
  • law and government
  • journalism
  • scientific research
  • politics
  • community organizing
  • film making
  • the arts

Careers that allow them to effect change!

Transform The World

"More and more we have students going into public health, international policy, journalism, electoral politics, film-making, K-12 education and other careers that allow them to effect large-scale change." --Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Nikki Ayanna Stewart, "Transform The World: What you can do with a degree in women’s studies." Ms. Magazine. Spring 2007.

Transforming Scholarship

“We talk about women’s studies students as change agents. That is in some way what they’re being trained to be at the undergraduate level” --Dr. Michele T. Berger

Michele Tracy Berger and Cheryl Radeloff, Transforming Scholarship: Why Women's and Gender Studies Students are Changing Themselves and the World. Routledge, 2011. 

 
blue-quote-left As a student, the Women's Center was a place where I was politicized and nurtured - and if I needed to vent and gather my sister allies, it was that place, too. LOVE was never lacking SISTERHOOD was always plenty. The Women's Center is where I, and so many others, became 'Afrafemme', and we say THANK YOU. We will always return, love deeply, and  uphold the spirit of the Center.blue-quote-right
-- Taneva  Gethers C'2002

The Women's Center is part of a Black feminist intellectual tradition, dating back to the nineteenth century. We continue the legacy of pioneering  African American women such as Maria Stewart, the first woman of any race in the U.S. to speak publicly to mixed audiences about women's rights. Students engage faculty and each other about race, gender, class and sexuality. We make visible the involvement of Black women in their local communities, on the national stage, and around the globe. The Women's Research and Resource Center is:

  • Comparative Women's Studies
  • The Spelman College Archives & Research
  • Advocacy and Outreach
  • Student Activist Leadership - Toni Cade Bambara Scholars/Writers/Activists Program and Collective
  • Digital Moving Image Salon (DMIS) - Digital Media
  • Global Women's  Health

The Center also provides a political space for feminist activism. It was in our feminist theory class that students debated Nelly's "Tip Drill" rap video and committed  to take action against its misogynistic images. This student-led protest sparked a national dialogue that still rages today. Currently, the most active of the student organizations associated with the Women's Center include the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA), Afrekete, SisterFire and the Toni Cade Bambara Collective.

The Women's Research and Resource Center is located in the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center, on the second floor.  For more information, visit www.spelman.edu/womenscenter or contact 404-270-5625.

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Comparative Women's Studies
404-270-5625
The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center, 2nd Floor

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