Women’s and Gender Studies give students a theoretical base for analyzing the construction of gender and the historical, economic, political, social and cultural experiences of women.
Women’s and gender studies involves listening and discerning in order to transform. A commitment to individual responsibility, social engagement and activism is central to this discipline.
Our students develop insights and skills that foster positive change in:
- Understand the impact of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, ableness and class in defining self and worldview
- Replace subordination/domination and dependence/exploitation with feminist awareness and critique, which makes underlying assumptions conscious
- Move from being objects of study to being subjects with a voice of your own
- Examine what women have done, are doing and will do
- Seek a link between voice, empowerment, self-esteem and critical thinking
Hope's First Four Women graduates:Sarah Alcott, 1882
Frances Phelps Otte, 1882
Lizzie Phelps, 1885
Mary Alcott Drekema, 1885
Lubbers Hall126 East 10th StreetRoom 323Holland, MI 49423