Minor in Women's Studies
Our minor in women’s studies provides you with a framework for examining women’s and men’s lives within individual, familial, national and global systems. Employers often prioritize hiring candidates who appreciate and respect diversity and who are able to successfully work with diverse populations.
The courses will challenge you to reconsider assumptions about women and men. You’ll analyze the complex intersections of individual and cultural factors, such as gender, sex, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age, religion and ability, and how they relate to power and social justice.
As a student in this program, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the experiences of groups that are not often highlighted in traditional curricula. As a result of increased knowledge, new perspectives and self-reflection, you will gain a greater understanding of yourself and a greater respect for diverse populations.
Women: Finding a Voice and Leading for Change Conference
September 14-15, 2012 @ California University of PA - Register Online Today!
Women comprise half of the paid workforce and women extend more unpaid volunteer hours than men. At home, women do 2/3 of the housework and spend double the time on family care compared to men. More than 60% of undergraduate degrees are awarded to women and approximately half of all graduate degrees are awarded to females. Women "do it all" except land the privileges and opportunities to lead.
Twelve Fortune 500 companies (2.4%) are led by women. Congress boasts a mere 16% of seats held by women. Three percent of clout positions in mainstream media are held by women. Thirteen percent of Sunday news show guests are women. Only 13.5% of universities are led by female presidents. Across the board, women earn less than men, costing women on average $1,000,000 over a lifetime.
Now, more than ever, the world needs female leaders to bring their voices to the table. Evidence shows that when a worthy percentage of women are at the table, policies become more family friendly, companies see higher profits for shareholders, employees are more satisfied with their jobs. When women find their voices at home, there is greater equity, greater commitment, and greater satisfaction for families. Furthermore, money is spent in ways that are advantageous to the health and well-being of families.
The PASSHE Women's Consortium and Audrey-Beth Fitch Women's Studies Conference, September 14-15, 2012 at California University of PA in southwestern PA, will address this need for women to lead. Two of the conference Keynote presenters include Ellen Bravo, author of Taking on the Big Boys, and Ayana Ledford from Carnegie Mellon University's Progress Center will teach about negotiation and gender awareness.
Cal U has been named the first national Franklin Covey Leadership University, incorporating leadership principles into teaching, learning, and campus life. Conference programs will connect to the university's focus on leadership and the conference theme Women: Finding a Voice and Leading for Change. Leadership may be demonstrated in the home, workplace, politics, volunteering, the university, corporations, media, etc.
Students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend!