ERIC Number: ED273553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Women's Studies in the United States: A Report to the Ford Foundation.
Stimpson, Catherine R.; Cobb, Nina Kressner
Revealing the amount of work that has been done in women's studies since 1970, the report presents a view of women's studies as it exists today in the United States. The report's broad vision reflects the intellectual vitality and diverse characteristics of the current state of women's studies research, the recommendations for broadening the research effort, the consolidation of the gains made, and the strengthening of existing institutions. The theme of reforming higher education covers five basic topics which include: "The Development of Women's Studies," a tracing of the historical and diverse development of the women's movement and higher education; "Institutionalizing a Field of Study," a discussion of the problems and controversies of the academic status of women's studies in the university; "Women's Studies: Issues and Approaches" a presentation of the various paths and intellectual strategies that emphasize sexual differences and invariably obscure the vital recognition of differences among women; "Women's Studies Today: Achievements and Challenges," a highlight of the international gains to learn how women's studies have helped change public policy, opposition movements, and the efforts to integrate the studies into the curriculum; and "The Future of Women's Studies," a look at the status of women's studies in a middle period of consolidation and the needs which must be met in order to achieve full public understanding of the purpose and capabilities of the discipline. A note section and a selected bibliography are included. (TRS)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Opportunities, Higher Education, International Education, Relevance (Education), Sex Differences, Sex Discrimination, Women Faculty, Womens Education, Womens Studies
Ford Foundation, Box 559, Naugatuck, CT 06770 ($3.50 plus $1.00 handling fee).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.