Feminist Theories: An Exploration of Gender Throughout All Spectrums


Dr. Sandra McEvoy Feminist Theories (HDS 322) course in the Political Science and Global Studies department at Wheelock College opened the doors to a whole new way of learning. In this course, students explore various topics such as, popular culture, social movements, academics, and politics. In the beginning, I was apprehensive because the course is advanced and I had no prior knowledge of the history of feminist theory, what feminism was, and how feminist theory can be implemented into my life right now.

The course format is much different than other courses at Wheelock College. For instance, readings from the course are from the main textbook, which provides students with a sufficient amount of information to gain knowledge in feminist theory. The class is taught with a mixture of discussion and lecture while permitting a safe learning environment for all students. Dr. Sandra McEvoy presents debates on Womanhood, Black Feminist Thought and Intersectionality, First Wave Woman’s Movement, Second Wave Woman’s Movement, Sexual Violence, Sexualities, Postcolonial, global, and transnational feminism. In addition to discussion and lectures visual components such as videos are incorporated, which promoted my learning throughout my journey in the course.

Dr. Sandra McEvoy writes the agenda on the whiteboard to inform the class on upcoming events, presentations, and screenings that are helpful in the understanding of feminist theories. Guest speakers during the course included, Kris Waters who is a professor at Worcester State University and Dr. Gail Dines who is Chair and Professor of American Studies at Wheelock College. In addition, I highly recommend the documentary, “She is Beautiful When She is Angry” highlighting core causes of activism and tension in the Woman’s movements. After viewing “She is Beautiful When She is Angry” I felt that I gained a clearer understanding of feminism. The course is grounded in the history of debates of woman’s movements that directly correlate to how the social construction of society influence women’s oppression.

Jessica Kuhn

Jessica Kuhn is a junior with a focus in Social Work.