What Can You DO with a Women’s Studies Education?
Women's Studies prepares students as leaders to analyze social inequities and initiate change. Women's Studies graduates are politically active in the broadest sense, from confronting gender inequities in their own relationships, families, and workplaces, to pursuing feminist art and writing, to participating on school boards and committees for their children, to traditional political activism.
Women's Studies graduates ARE working; they are doing social change through that work; they are gainfully employed even as they are civically engaged and confronting injustice. The ETSU Women's Studies Program conducted a study in 2005 of what WS graduates did after earning their degree. We searched alumni reports posted online by Women's Studies programs across the country, and found over 200 occupations in which Women's Studies graduates are working.
Here is what we found, click on the buttons below for further information
Most of the jobs seem to have been
attained by baccalaureates; also listed are graduate areas of
study pursued post-baccalaureate. We tried to eliminate those jobs
that would most clearly require advanced level training. Each
occupation listed represents one or more graduates.
Skills learned through Women's Studies training are skills that many women's studies programs have identified as emerging from women's studies training; we drew these also from Women's Studies program web sites in the U.S. and our own mission statement.
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We would like to credit graduate research assistants at East Tennessee State University, Mandy Render and KC Gott, for their fine work in compiling this information. I also would like to thank ETSU graduate student Pam Adolphi and ETSU work-study students Nicole Brunson and Hunter Looney for their contributions to this project. Our results were published in 2006 by the National Women's Studies Association in the Women's Studies Program Administrator's Handbook, edited by Martha McCaughey.