October Highlights in U.S. Women’s History
from the National Women's History Project
- October 3, 1904 – Mary McLeod Bethune opens her first school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida
- October 4, 1976 – Barbara Walters becomes the first woman co-anchor of the evening news (at ABC)
- October 4, 1993 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins the U.S. Supreme Court as its second woman Justice
- October 8, 1993 – Toni Morrison becomes the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature
- October 10, 1983 – Dr. Barbara McClintock receives the Nobel Prize for Medicine for her discovery in genetics about mobile genetic elements
- October 11, 1984 – Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan is the first U.S. woman astronaut to “walk” in space during Challenger flight
- October 15, 1948 – Dr. Frances L. Willoughby is the first woman doctor in the regular U.S. Navy
- October 16, 1916 – Margaret Sanger opens the U.S.’s first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York
- October 23, 1910 – Blanche Stuart Scott is the first American woman pilot to make a public flight
- October 24, 1956 – Reverend Margaret Towner is the first woman ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church
- October 28, 1958 – Mary Roebling is the first woman director of a stock exchange (American Stock Exchange)
The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program is committed to and supports and promotes equality and equal access and opportunities for all, in all areas of society, including those that are political, social, cultural, economic, educational, personal, career and global.
We recognize that education is the foundation of success and accept the responsibility to create challenging and encouraging intellectual environments in our classrooms.
The WGS Program is also dedicated to encouraging students to claim their access and their right to equality and to providing opportunities that support such action and endeavors, both in and outside of the classroom.
We empower students to recognize their ability to change their lives, and we reach out into the community and invite the community into our program in a rich exchange of events and discussions.
Lastly, the WGS Program believes in working toward change that helps to make such equality and opportunity possible for all.
We accept the responsibility for the work we do, hold it to a high standard, and we are ready to adapt to the diverse needs of our students as they change with the times.
WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES PROGRAM AT MONTGOMERY COLLEGE
The Women's and Gender Studies Program offers courses about women and gender for both women and men.
The program is designed to explore the experiences and contributions of women to their cultures.
Informed by feminist theory, Women's Studies courses:
- challenge false assumptions and theories about women, race, and class
- encourage rigorous critical thinking
- raise issues of gender bias and the subjective nature of knowledge
- support women's development as individuals and as participating members of their larger communities
- expand women's and men's options beyond the limits of traditional gender roles.
These writing-intensive courses help students consider the difference that gender makes in family relationships, friendships, education, and work. They are comfortable settings for delving into feminist scholarship and theory.
In addition to the interdisciplinary introductory course on women's and gender studies, courses in the programinclude: women's history, literature, sociology, psychology, physical education, and women's health.
Honors modules are available for some classes. Service learning and internship opportunities are frequently offered. Opportunities to pursue independent study projects are also available.
WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES PROGRAM STAFF:
Germantown Campus Coordinator
Professor Joanne Bagshaw
20200 Observation Dr.
Germantown, MD 20876
Collegewide and Rockville
Collegewide Women's and Gender Studies Program Director
Professor Genevieve Carminati
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Coordinator Professor Bess Vincent
7600 Takoma Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Nancy Nyland, Webmaster, (240) 567-7854
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