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Top Myths about the Women’s Studies Program

MYTH: No men allowed. 
 FACT: You don’t have to be a woman to participate in the Minor, to be a feminist, or to be an activist for women’s and gender issues. Further, Women’s Studies seeks to foster compassion for both sexes.
MYTH: Women’s Studies only talks about white women FACT: Women’s Studies is a diverse field that explores race, class, gender and sexuality in complex ways.
MYTH: This will not help me in my career. FACT: The Women’s Studies Minor opens up many career opportunities, even to jobs you might think have nothing to do with women’s studies. (Examples: Social Work, Health Sciences, Law, Business, Education, Psychology, etc.)
MYTH: All feminists are the same. 
 FACT: No two feminists are alike. Feminism is also a diverse concept that represents a number of different interests.
MYTH: I have to be a liberal arts major. 
 FACT: ANY major can have a Women’s Studies minor.
MYTH: Women’s Studies is only about suffragists and bra-burners. FACT: Once again, Women’s Studies is a diverse field. It is interdisciplinary and multi-faceted. You’ll meet a few feminists, along with many other women and men with varied theoretical frameworks.
MYTH: I have to think a certain way to take these classes. FACT: The minor does not aim to attract a certain “type” of people. Your opinions will be welcomed and challenged in this setting.

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