It feels like this course went by so quickly, but I find myself shocked at the amount of knowledge that I have been able to gain over these past 6 weeks. I have learned so much from my own research in our readings, but I’ve learned just as much from reading the posts of everyone else. It seems everyone takes away different key information and thoughts from each reading, expanding my knowledge even further with each post that I read.
First and foremost, I’ve learned that feminism isn’t so black and white. It’s not just about women, or specifically white women, it’s about anyone who strays from the identification of a Caucasian man. As Akilah says in her intersectionality video, “the world could use a lot more flavor” (On Intersectionality in Feminism and Pizza). Simple comparisons such as the one she uses with pizza toppings are what made some of the complex ideas in this course seem so elementary. With only 22 states and Washington, D.C. requiring comprehensive sex education, only 13 requiring that the information be medically accurate, and 8 with laws limiting what teachers can say about homosexuality (Zeilinger), we see a feminist issue at hand that possibly includes no women at all. The issue involving the lack of sexual education for young students is one issue, but the limit on homosexuality material is an issue of inequality. It’s statistics and videos like these that were so eye opening to me throughout the length of this course. It’s difficult to be aware of inequalities such as these, especially ones across the globe as discussed in Unit 6, when we don’t experience them first hand.
While it seems that a course discussing women’s studies would not benefit a student pursuing an accounting degree, the concepts taught in this course will benefit me for years to come. Living in a country where a substantial wage gap still exists between women and men (Acker 458) is a crucial setback in my future success within an accounting firm. After accounting for college major, occupation, economic sector, hours worked, GPA, and other factors, a 7% difference in the earnings of female and male college graduates one year after graduation remained unexplained (Hallman 8). As a woman graduating college next year, that’s alarming.
This course has educated me on the numerous hardships faced by my own gender, minorities, and those of various sexual identities. My advice to someone taking this course is to come in with an open mind, and don’t see the reading as homework. Instead, see this course as a peek into the lives of others that are facing adversities every day, and feel grateful that we have the opportunity to be educated about such injustices.
(2015, April 08). On Intersectionality in Feminism and Pizza. Retrieved May 31, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgK3NFvGp58
Acker, J. (2006, August). Inequality Regimes: Gender, Class, and Race in Organizations. Gender and Society, 20(4), 441-464. doi:10.1177/0891243206289499
Hallman, L. D. (n.d.). The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
Zeilinger, J. (2015, August 10). John Oliver, Laverne Cox and Nick Offerman Just Gave Us the Sex Ed PSA America Needs. Retrieved June 13, 2016, from https://mic.com/articles/123634/john-oliver-laverne-cox-and-nick-offerman-just-gave-us-the-sex-ed-psa-america-needs#.r65wOkEyk