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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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Women's and Gender Studies

WGS 351 (W) Women in American Politics (1)

[Crosslisted with POLI 351]

This course examines the full range of women's participation in American political life through voluntary organizations, social movements and electoral politics. We explore the relationship between the two strains of feminism that have motivated women to political action: difference feminism and equality feminism, and reflect on the uneasy alliance between the struggle for racial equality and gender equality. Contemporary "women's issues" are covered: abortion, welfare, and pay equity. More generally, this course raises questions about the theory of representation and the nature of American politics through the lens of women in politics.

General Education Fulfillment Requirements: Writing-Centered

Prerequisite: POLI 210 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Buis, Michaux