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Alumni Highlights

Annette Harris, WS alumna, April 2013

"I am using my Women's Studies minor every day at work as a specialized case manager for the refugee population in Salt Lake focusing on gender based violence and rape cases...It opened my eyes to many facets of feminism and helps me navigate the problems I face at work with a good theoretical foundation as well as sensitivity for the victims in trauma."

Catie Ashley, WS alumna, April 2013

"The Women's Studies program allowed me to understand and embrace my femininity as I, not society, define it. I am continuing to share the principles and values of the program with the women and men around me today, helping other women reclaim and establish their own femininity."

Trace Lund, WS Alumnus, April 2012

"I'm currently working with high school students and applying for graduate programs in psychology, and my minor in Women's Studies has consistently strengthened both on paper and in application in a variety of settings and situations. The program has and continues to open up opportunities and insights I would have otherwise missed."

Heather Marne Williams

"Women's Studies helped me to better understand the world I live in, from my life to the lives of women and men around the world."

Hillary Campbell, law school student

"My experiences in the Women's Studies program taught me to be an advocate for women. For example, the legal field is especially discriminatory (particularly in Utah). There are many female attorneys but very few that become shareholders and even fewer that become partner in a law firm. This is often related to a woman's desire to work part time in order to care for the children and there is no part-time track for partner in most law firms… My women's studies background made this discrimination important to me and something I hope to work on and change in the future"

Anonymous Alumni

"Being young and still forming opinions about the world it helped me to sit in a class and hear all the different opinions and views. I was able to develop critical thinking as I worked to figure out what my values were and what I thought it meant to be a woman in this world."

"[M]y women's studies background has highlighted to me the stereotypes I hold about women that have affected past and present relationships. I now have a daughter, who I want to raise to be confident and competent and not feel constrained by her sex. I also have a son, who I want to raise to always treat women with respect and never take advantage of them. I know that how I treat my wife sets the strongest example for both of my children, so I focus on treating her the way I want my daughter to be treated by men, and how I want my son to treat women. I work for a woman, and I frequently think about whether or not I would interact with her differently if she were a man"