They shape who we are and who we are yet to be. They soothe our tumultuous inner world, fill the emotional gaps in our marriage, and help us remember who we really are. By the way, they may do even more. Scientists now suspect that hanging out with our friends can actually counteract the kind of stomach-quivering stress most of us experience on a daily basis.
By Carol Colatrella Recent university budget reductions and debates about improving efficiencies in higher education have encouraged speculation about the relative values of different disciplines.
Critics argue that the humanities and social sciences are less valuable than science, technology, engineering, and mathematics STEM fields because they do not generate the same levels of external research funding, donations, and municipal investment.
Those who attempt to assign value to particular fields weigh initial salaries for graduates, the availability of jobs, and the need for employees with scientific and technical knowledge and skills, deeming fields without clearly defined career paths less worthy of public support.
Politicians and the public should value the contributions of those who teach and carry out research in the interdisciplinary field of gender studies.
The outcomes of effective gender studies programs and associated initiatives include increasing knowledge about social organization and cultural values; creating networks affiliating faculty, students, staff, and alumni; and enhancing campus community.
The long-standing efforts to increase the numbers of women and historically underrepresented minorities in STEM fields at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I teach, have gained traction from the success of academic and social initiatives connecting gender studies theory and practice in the liberal arts with other academic disciplines.
Infusing the concerns of gender studies in STEM fields can boost placement rates for women in high-salary science and technology jobs and lead to improved work-life balance across fields.
My experiences at Georgia Tech demonstrate that gender studies scholarship and related activities are valuable in many ways. Studying gender informs citizens. Gender studies scholarship encourages attention to social, political, and economic interests and outcomes.
Changing demographics require professionals in all fields to understand the motivations of workers and the dimensions of corporate and social organizations—insights developed from studying social sciences.
All professional fields require the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively both orally and in writing; students develop these skills in writing, communications, and literature courses.
All citizens should be able to understand the effect of social contexts and historical influences on contemporary issues and be able to think critically about policy arguments. In the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech, gender studies courses teach students to analyze how gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, and sexual orientation affect participation in society.
Gender studies courses can be helpful in addressing a wide range of civic issues, such as the effect of voting schedules and polling locations on voter turnout, the capacities and rights of female soldiers to serve in combat roles, the design of technologies such as airbags to suit different populations, and the insurance needs of the most vulnerable members of society.
Gender studies courses and initiatives promote understanding of personal and social values and intellectual merit. In addition to enhancing participation in civic debates and success in future careers, gender studies courses and workshops help students as they engage in daily human interactions.
They also develop insights into social organizations and actors that can be usefully applied in a variety of situations. Although relatively few students at Georgia Tech minor or major in gender studies, hundreds of students enroll in gender studies courses because they value learning about how organizational environments incorporate or exclude individuals on the basis of gender, how stereotypes function in elite and popular cultural forms, and how and why the political clout of women and men has varied at different times in history and in different cultures.
Gender studies analysis reinforces knowledge and skills that students develop in other disciplines, including STEM fields. Initiatives related to gender studies are valuable in building institutional capacity.
Intogether with three colleagues in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, I developed a minor in women, science, and technology, the first curriculum of its kind in the country and the first joint minor approved by the university.
InI worked with Mary Frank Fox, a distinguished sociologist of science, to create the Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology WSTwhich connects approximately thirty Georgia Tech faculty members with research interests in gender, science, and technology.
The WST center sponsors research panels, lectures by outside speakers, and leadership workshops. It also holds discussions designed to increase the numbers of women and historically underrepresented minority students and faculty members at the university and to make the campus more welcoming for people in these groups.
The WST center directed the first campus funding for undergraduates doing research with affiliated faculty members. Gender studies initiatives provide resources for women in the STEM pipeline that have broad impact.
SinceWST has offered an annual lecture on women, science, and technology delivered by a person distinguished in research, practice, or policy.Gender blindness needs to be applied very carefully.
It’s about eliminating the idea that women have different skills and abilities, because they don’t. The Women's Health Research Institute provides a broad array of programs that help researchers make new dicoveries, let scholars educate scientists of the future, and help all women receive better, more personalized healthcare.
Artemis Michael, Project Officer Artemis Michael works as a project officer and researcher at the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) since She holds a BA with academic distinction in Cultural Studies with a minor in French Literature from the University of Bucharest and an MSc in Human Rights and International Politics from .
In women’s and gender studies, students are introduced to a range of important thinkers, such as Audre Lorde, Bell Hooks (written as bell hooks), and Gloria Anzaldúa. Welcome to the Nehanda Centre for Gender and Cultural Studies at Great Zimbabwe University. The Centre was established in January under the Julius Nyerere School of Social Sciences.
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