Comments about WGS
Not only was the funniest textbook I ever read from a women and gender studies class ("Pink Think" ... look it up) but no other college courses uncovered a part of myself that changed my core so deeply. I learned about women in prison who were bruised and bloddied from a feeding tube shoved down their throat after declaring a hunger strike meant to give American women the vote. I learned about lives violently cut short, like Matthew Shepard's, because of someone else's intolerance against gays or lesbians. I learned how the media often portray Hillary Clinton as a witch when she is aggressive, and an emotional wreck if she cries - while a male politican will be called gutsy when he is agressive, and a sensitive caring man if he cries. As I sat in my classes and learned these things, I asked myself, "What in the hell am I doing to change these stereotpyes? And how can I find courage to fight for civil liberties for women and GLBT people everywhere? "Women and gender studies teaches you to act, to see both sides, and to question any stereotype ever slammed in your face so you can determine its worth. Women and gender studies is an awakening. At the least, take the intro class. You'll never be the same."
The Women and Gender Studies Program at USU has impacted my life educationally and personally. It teaches and explores issues of gender that affect everyone. The best thing about the WGS Program is the people that teach it, who are so passionate about what they are teaching it makes you enjoy being apart of their classes and the program
“When I began the program, I wasn't sure what I was hoping to get out of Women and Gender Studies. It's not the program you immediately think of when you're figuring out what to do. But during my years in the program, I realized the value of WGS is not just in the broad academic and social understanding it provides, but in the growth you go through personally. I loved my time at USU and the WGS program, students and professors were an integral part of that.”
Di works at the Odgen Standard Examiner,
for Weber and Box Elder Counties.
"My time in the WGS program at USU gave me new perspectives on how to view the world and also re-affirmed a lot of my own views that resonated with what I learned in my classes. As a graduate of the program, I've taken the passion I developed for women's rights and dedicated a big part of my life to it - starting with a master's in communication and a PhD in progress that allows me to speak to teen girls and women about media's influence in the way they view themselves and others. The perspectives I gained in the WGS program have totally informed and amplified my personal, spiritual, and academic goals. Women's influence for good in the world and our potential for major achievements and personal fulfillment are ideas I first started to feel strongly about while I was involved in the WGS program, and those will stay with me long after graduation!"
Lindsay graduated with her master's from
the Department of Communicationation
University of Utah, May 2009,
She is now a doctoral student at the U.