Here is what some students had to say about Women's Studies:
After reading Naomi Wolf’s, The Beauty Myth, during my final year of high school, my affinity of women and their struggles became evident, and my journey as a Women’s Studies student began. Now a 4th Year Women’s Studies major, I have learned and experienced a lot during my time at the University of Waterloo.
My name’s Leanne, and I am a 3rd year Women’s Studies Major. I never thought of myself as a feminist though after beginning my first semester of University I was enrolled in Introduction to Women’s Studies and soon realized that being a feminist and feminism was something much different then what I originally believed it to be. I was aware of most women’s issues but didn’t know what feminism and Women’s Studies was all about. By the end of first semester of my first year I was completely on board with feminist issues and I wanted to learn more.
I’m a third-year literature student. I enrolled in WS 102 because I’m interested in a bit of everything, and I’ve been wondering what exactly feminism is about for a while, so taking a course in Women’s Studies sounded really invigorating to me (plus it fulfills one of my breadth requirements!). I’ve also grown up in a family of four girls, so women’s issues are close to my heart, and I wanted to get in touch with what’s going on both socially and academically.
That’s what I want to know when people ask why I’m taking courses in WS.