The long-term impact of women's studies on students' personal lives and political activism Article

Stake, JE, Rose, S. (1994). The long-term impact of women's studies on students' personal lives and political activism . 18(3), 403-412. 10.1111/j.1471-6402.1994.tb00463.x

cited authors

  • Stake, JE; Rose, S

fiu authors

abstract

  • Stake, Roades, Rose, Ellis, and West (1994) reported that women's studies classes led to more feminist activism and greater personal course-related changes than nonwomen's studies classes. The present study tested the durability of the positive changes observed in women studies students 9 months following the last week of class. Comparisons between students who participated at follow-up (26.3%) and students who did not participate indicated that the follow-up participants were representative of all students who completed the courses. In the follow-up sample, class impact reported in the last week of class was sustained at follow-up. Women's studies students continued to report substantial changes in their interactions with others and willingness to adopt new roles and behaviors. Ratings of positive effects were significantly higher than ratings of negative effects (p < 0.0001). Students' responses indicated they were using their women's studies learning as a framework for understanding their experiences and making lifestyle changes. © 1994, Society for the Psychology of Women. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • January 1, 1994

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 403

end page

  • 412

volume

  • 18

issue

  • 3