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What Can I do with a Women's Studies minor?

One of the best ways to think about how a minor in Women's Studies might benefit you is to hear from a few alumni who minored in Women's Studies.

Alumni Profile: Melinda McKew

  • Graduated from Augusta State University in May 2011
  • Major: English
  • Minor: Women's Studies

Melinda McKewWhat have you been doing since you graduated from ASU?

Currently, I am a Public Policy Intern with Planned Parenthood Southeast, Incorporated, where I assist the Public Policy Department with political organizing, advocacy, and lobbying. Once the Georgian, Mississippian, and Alabaman legislative sessions reconvene, I will be analyzing proposed legislation's impact on women's reproductive health in the Southeast as well as mobilizing individuals to meet with their legislators to dismantle anti-choice laws.

I am also volunteering with the Feminist Women's Health Center (FWHC) in Atlanta, GA. The FWHC is a gynecological and reproductive health care clinic that provides feminist-driven services to women and transmen (female-to-male). It also provides low-cost services to lower-income women, LGBT-appropriate health services, and sexual assault survivor sensitive gynecological exams.

In the fall of 2011, I will begin my Master's in Women's Studies at Georgia State University, where I have secured a research assistantship in the Women's Studies Department. I will also be pursuing a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management.

How had your Women's Studies course work been of use to you in your career field?

I cannot emphasize, enough, how beneficial my Women's Studies coursework has been to me in my various career fields! "Being involved as both the vice president and president of WSSA has given me a great amount of leverage when applying to graduate schools and for jobs. I learned so much about organizing and leadership that I would not have learned in a classroom setting."As a reproductive rights and justice advocate for Planned Parenthood Southeast, Incorporated and the Feminist Women's Health Center, my Women's Studies course work has given me the theoretical lenses necessary for analyzing policy through frameworks sensitive to issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Such a background has been instrumental to me as I have begun my ascent into reproductive rights and justice activism.

In addition, my courses in Women's Studies have given me a historical record of women's activism, which provides me with a history from which to draw. What I mean by this is that by knowing the history of left-leaning activism, I do not have to "reinvent the wheel." I can look back on history and reflect upon successes and failures before venturing out on activist endeavors, thereby saving me time and energy to dedicate to current pursuits.

Even as a tutor, my Women's Studies coursework has been incredibly helpful! For example, during one tutoring interview, I was asked if it would be problematic for me to work with people from different backgrounds (i.e., ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic). Without hesitation, I was able to say that this would not be a problem at all because my Women's Studies background has helped me cultivate a worldview that incorporates voices from a multiplicity of backgrounds, even those that are directly opposed to mine.

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Transforming Scholarship

Are you interested to know more about how Women's and Gender Studies might help to shape your future? Take a look at Transforming Scholarship: Why Women's and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World by Michele Tracy Berger and Cheryl Radelof. The book is available for check out in the Reese Library!




Alumni Profile: Shannon Bruckner

  • Graduated from Augusta State University in May 2009
  • Major: English Literature
  • Minor: Women's Studies

What have you been doing since you graduated from ASU?

I am currently enrolled in the Master's of Social Work program at the University of Georgia. I hope to work with young women and children who struggle with issues of domestic and sexual violence. I also have a very strong interest in working with adolescents in the LGBT community . . . Along with this program I am pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies. Once I graduate I hope to work with young women and children who struggle with issues of domestic and sexual violence. I also have a very strong interest in working with adolescents in the LGBT community, and in encouraging the growth of self-worth that is currently faltering in this community.

How had your Women's Studies course work been of use to you in your career field?

The Social Work program is one that is fairly liberal in many beliefs—thus, my knowledge of feminist theory has helped me both to understand some of the theories and to also contribute a different standpoint. I've noticed that many of my colleagues have come from a psychological background, and so I bring a slightly different perspective to the table.


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