Women’s Studies in the US and UK

In my past employment as a student union research officer I had some involvement in the unsuccessful campaign to save women’s studies at Deakin, it was folded into a Gender Studies program that is struggling. An article by Angela McRobbie explains how the last undergraduate women’s studies program in the UK is ending. However it seems that women’s studies is surviving in American institutions. Notwithstanding the media-hyped feminist disagreements about Hillary vs. Barack American feminism is distinctive in its level of organisation and effectiveness. Perhaps this says something about the individualist culture of American social activism, in particular the strength of a ‘rights culture’. Erik Olin Wright’s research (pdf here) found no evidence for a ‘glass ceiling’ in the US which could be evidence in favour of a kind of American egalitarianism.

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