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An introduction to women's studies that delineates some of the parameters and interdisciplinary connections in feminist scholarship. The evolution of power structures and associated representations of women are explored and the ways in which femininity and masculinity are constructed by cultures are analyzed. In considering the impact of cultures, we explore how the realities of women are influenced by race, class, and sexuality. Factors associated with change are considered, including women's empowerment in the face of asymmetrical gender arrangements.
Note: Illustration from The Duke Scriptorium.