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2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog
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HIS 254 - History of Women in the United States: The 20th Century

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Survey of American women’s history from 1890 to the present. Includes early 20th century gender, race/ethnicity, class formation, women and war, civil rights, feminist and other social movements, and feminism’s change to the present.

Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - SBS and C; Meets CTE - SBS and C.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe changes in social roles and opportunities for American women from the late 19th century to the present.
  2. Describe major issues for contemporary American women.
  3. Identify and describe the role of American Women in social reform, women`s suffrage, gender and ethnic empowerment, temperance, family planning, and equal rights.
  4. Discuss the evolving attitudes of society toward sexuality and the feminine.

  1. Early Twentieth Century Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Class Formation
    1. Progressivism
    2. Early organizations
    3. World War I
    4. Nineteenth Amendment
    5. Construction of a norm and its aftermath
    6. Women’s labor in and out of the home
    7. The educated woman
    8. Welfare state, sexual politics and suffrage
    9. Depression experiences
    10. Shifting conceptions of women’s roles in society and motherhood.
  2. Women and War
    1. European and American women
    2. Rosie the Riveter
    3. The fifties
    4. Minority experiences
  3. Civil Rights, Feminist, and other Social Movements
    1. Racial and ethnic activism
    2. Feminism
    3. Equal Rights Amendment
    4. Work and social change
    5. Abortion and Reproductive Rights
    6. Writing assignments
  4. Feminisms: Changes Since 1970s
    1. Sexualities and body images
    2. Mass marketing and body image
    3. Diverse visions and a wider scope

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2018/19

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