A Guide to the UT Women's Studies Department Records, 1991-2002
The UT Women’s Studies Department was established in 1979 following the efforts of professors B.J. Fernea and Betty Sue Flowers to build faculty support and develop a curriculum for the program. The first Women’s Studies seminar, offered that fall, was "Sexuality among the Anthropologists and Reproduction among the Natives." The Department, later known as the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS), functions to support research, teaching, and social advocacy that "address the challenges faced in the areas of gender, sexuality, diversity, and equity."
In spring 1983, several departments recognized Women's Studies as an appropriate minor field. A version of a Women's Studies concentration was created in spring 1986 and approved in fall 1987. In spring 1990, the number of faculty affiliates had grown to 60 people. A doctoral portfolio in Women's Studies was the first doctoral portfolio approved. The Master's degree in Women's and Gender Studies was approved and began in Fall 2001. In January 2007, the Bachelor's of Arts degree in Women's and Gender Studies was approved.
"A Brief History of Women’s and Gender Studies at UT." Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin. Accessed May 6, 2013. http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/cwgs/about/cwgs.php#History.
Videocassette tapes record "Calling All Women," a conference held in 1991 by the University of Texas Women's Studies Department. Included is a series of presentation and discussion sessions involving women politicians, journalists, authors and businesswomen. Some participants were Linda Ellerbee, Betty Friedan, Sarah Weddington, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Jill Ruckelshaus, Jacqueline Trimer, Liz Carpenter, and Shana Alexander.
The records also include some course descriptions, a reading list, brochures, and event fliers from 2000 to 2002.
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UT Women's Studies Department Records, 1991-2002, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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Subsequent revisions were made by Vanessa Attia, May 2013.
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