Feminisms in Practice

Date

2019 to Present

Description

Women and Gender Studies (WGS) capstone students investigate the formation of feminist values and the resulting practical application of feminist theory through conducting oral history interviews with feminist mentors who have impacted their worldview, perspective or approach to concepts of equity and identity (ascribed, prescribed, self-assigned, etc.), and, the social, economic, religious and/or political influences on gender. Additional interviews will be added as the project grows through time and more WGS students contribute to the collection.

Title

Feminisms in Practice

Collection Items

Raven Turner reflects on her childhood memories, past jobs, and her educational experiences; all of which led to her becoming a Family Law Attorney. She comments on how women are represented in both the legal and political climates of today. Turner…

Nita Benson reflects back on her life by discussing her childhood memories, her educational background, her work history as a secretary, and her life as a mother and housewife. In her interview, she shares that she realized she learned to take care…

Amanda Carman shares her views on feminism, workplace gender discrimination, and a car accident she was involved in and the ways it impacted much of her life. Additional topics include family history, occupational history and discussions about her…

Kentucky educator Agatha Manion discusses, in great detail, her maternity leave experiences and the ways it impacted her job, and, more generally, her life. Manion also shares details on a feminist mentor who helped her navigate both her educational…

Lynne Sherman discusses growing up in a household that taught her feminist values without her knowledge. In her interview Sherman also comments on her occupational history in Human Resources, as well as the varied experiences she has had in both the…

Dr. Sallie Powell shares details on her family and occupational histories, as well as the major experiences that shaped her views while growing up. In particular, Dr. Powell explains that she never experienced discrimination as a youth but has, in…

In this interview Jenn Rodgers discusses her personal experiences and the life lessons she has learned. She candidly discusses the struggles leading up to where she is today and her future goals. Rodgers pays particular attention to the importance of…

Robin Showalter discusses the personal experiences that led to her self-identification as a Feminist. She highlights some topics that she is passionate about and explains the reasoning behind her stances. AS an activist, she provides insight on her…

Dr. Victoria Collins, a native of England, recounts her childhood and educational experiences, and work history. Her experiences are then viewed through a gendered lens to highlight perceived inequalities. Dr. Collins then applies these ideas to her…

Krista Smithers talks about learning from her mother in a rural factory town, facing gender inequality throughout her life, and her commitment to hard work and equality. She transfers the values she learned from her mother into her education in…

Heather Cohorn details her childhood and being the youngest of three daughters who were born to parents who were not present because they both worked out of the home. She had to leave high school at 15 years old because her mother withdrew her from…

Levi House discusses how his views of feminism has evolved throughout his lifetime. He talks about how he has a unique experience as a transgender man, and how that fact changes the way he thinks about feminism.

Spencer Mize speaks on how her view of feminism has developed during her life. She details how feminist thought has influenced her ways of thinking, beginning with her upbringing and all the way through college.

Joyce Smith covers her life up until her time in the military. She discusses her relationship with her mother and father and how it differed growing up, when compared to today. She talks about her life in the Army and how it shaped her into who she…

Kayla Williams discusses her life up until her current age of 22 years old. Williams details the struggles that she faced while having to grow up without her mother being very present in her life. She also comments on spending a great deal of time…

Hana Smith details her views on women in the field of education, and share her experiences in the occupation. She also comments on the benefits of social awareness, and what it was like to be a liberal minded person in a predominantly conservative…

Bonnie Blair details her experiences while growing up in a traditional household where her father battled with alcoholism and her mother worked diligently to raise three children. She comments on her mother's hard work and their life after her…

Timothy Parks Jr. discusses childhood experiences that shaped his views and perspective, as well as the private versus public school dynamic. Parks also comments on the events that impacted his life, including his mother's cancer diagnosis, his…
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