Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Volume 4, Issue 2
spring 2014
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Craig Canfield
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

Women in Modern America
WGSS 201 / HIST 171 / AMST 27

by Sabrina Rangi, ‘15

As the semester progresses, there is often a steady decrease in the attendance of many lecture courses. Unlike these other classes, however, Professor Meyerowitz’s ‘Women in Modern America’ is full every time it meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. As one student in a class of many, I speak for all when I say that Professor Meyerowitz’s course is one of the most interesting classes I have taken during my time at Yale. A quick glance at the online course evaluations will tell you the same. One student reviewing the class expressed how ‘Women in Modern American’ inspired her to pursue the History major, while another advised, “Definitely don’t miss this class!”

Professor Meyerowitz eloquently navigates through women’s history, using anecdotes about historical figures to make her lectures relatable. She ties historical events to contemporary issues, making the history we learn both relevant and applicable to our lives.  One of the most valuable aspects of this course is how Professor Meyerowitz challenges accepted historical perspectives about women. Most notably was the lecture on the 1950s, during which Professor Meyerowitz argued against the common perception that women in the era subscribed purely to domestic roles. Instead, she created a new dialogue that represented women as educated and politically active during this period. Unlike many other courses at Yale, Women in Modern America includes the histories of a wide spectrum of women in the United States. A quick look around the class affirms how women’s history speaks to a diverse population of Yale students, especially women.
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