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ERIC Number: ED073761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Pages: 7
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Women Students at Manhattan Community College.
Chamberlain, Kathleen
Women faculty members must unite with women students to gain control over their work--education-- and make that education meaningful to women. Since the struggles of the two groups for liberation are not separate, the needs of women students at community colleges should be important to faculty. It is maintained that at Manhattan Community College students' needs are not being met as far as physical environment, curriculum, vocational training, or faculty and administration attitudes are concerned. About 2/3 of the women students are black and Puerto Rican; about 1/3 are white working class. Women students as a group are less motivated than men, have lower aspirations, and are tracked into limited female service occupations. One of the results of a long period of student militance at MCC was a demand for women's studies courses. In designing the course Images of Women in Literature, it was discovered that little writing about third world women, or working class women in general, exists. Consequently, the course was designed both to give women the knowledge about themselves that will help to liberate them and to motivate them to write about themselves. The women in the course have produced poems, plays, autobiographies, films, children's stories, and research papers. The increased consciousness led to the formation in 1971 of The Women's Union to improve education and working conditions for all women--teachers, students and secretaries--at the school. (KM)
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Note: Paper presented at annual meeting of the Modern Language Association (Chicago, Illinois, December, 1971)