Feminist Studies

A degree in Feminist Studies illuminates women’s lives and histories from multiracial and transnational perspectives. Feminist scholarship emphasizes the ways in which systems of domination based on racism, sexism, homophobia, and classism intersect. Graduates' knowledge about power relationships and injustice often leads them to choose careers in government, law, and politics, because they are determined to use their skills to change the world, many in their own communities. The interdisciplinary nature of women's studies is also an excellent preparation for careers in education and library science, requiring expertise in finding and using information on contemporary social issues. Some Feminist Studies majors choose the medical professions, where their expanded insights and sensitivity to social concerns proves useful.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Advocate
Announcer
Archivist
Artist
Clinic coordinator
Congressional fellow
Consultant
Counselor
Development Officer
Director:

  • battered women’s center
  • hospital foundation executive
  • program for inner-city teenagers
  • rape crisis program

Doctor:

  • OB- GYN
  • sexual assault

Editor
Educator:

  • HIV prevention
  • sexual abuse

Entrepreneur
Events coordinator
Film-casting assistant
Film producer
General contractor
Journalist
Law enforcement officer

Lawyer
Librarian
Lobbyist
Manager:

  • cooperative grocery
  • energy conservation
  • public and government relations 

Minister
Musician
Nurse-midwife
Photographer
Policy maker
Professor
Program developer
Publicist
Publisher
Researcher
Social worker
Teacher
Therapist:

  • art
  • clinical
  • occupational
  • physical
  • recreational

Union organizer
Writer

WORK ENVIRONMENTS:

Advertising agencies
Banks/financial institutions
Educational institutions
Film /video studios
Fitness/wellness center
Foundations
Government agencies:

  • Civil service 
  • Health authorities
  • Local, county, state, federal

International outreach programs
Juvenile detention court/centers
Labor unions
Companies aiming to increase the profile of women employees
Libraries
Lobbying groups
Health and welfare agencies
Hospitals/clinics

In one’s home
Insurance companies
Magazines/newspaper companies
Marketing firms
Museums
Non-profit organizations
Prisons
Professional sports teams
Professional/trade associations
Radio/TV stations
Rehabilitation centers
Residential centers
Research facilities
Social services agencies
Theatres
Youth/teen center
White House
Women's shelters/safe housing

WHAT SOME UCSC FEMINIST STUDIES MAJORS ARE DOING:
(some of these careers require advanced degrees)

Business
Financial Executive Search Recruiter 
Bookstore Supplies Buyer 
Co-Director, Common Earth Adventures for Women
Human Resources Manager
Spa/Salon Coordinator 
Office Manager
Admin. Assistant to a Silicon Valley CEO

Education
High School Teacher/English Dept. Chairperson 
Owner/director of a farm-based kindergarten 
Case Manager, Community Service Agency
Assistant Director childcare center
University Assistant Professor – Women’s Studies 

Health
Doctor 
Community Health Outreach Worker
Health Services Project Administrator

Law
Attorney, Consultant, Lecturer 
Attorney & Instructor 
Domestic Violence Victim Counselor

Media/Publications
Magazine Freelance Writer/Researcher 
Independent Film Maker/Producer
Editor
Self-Employed Film Publicist 

Production Artist Social and Public Service
Director of Counseling Services 
Rape Crisis Center Community Ed. Coordinator 
UCLA Graduate Student - MPH Public Health
Women's Crisis Support Center Community Educator 
Speech Pathologist 
Girl Scouts, Program Development Director
AmeriCorps, Director of Training
Food Bank Program Manager

SOME OF THE MARKETABLE STILL OF FEMINIST STUDIES MAJORS:

  • Ability to evaluate empirical and normative theories of gender construction and inequality
  • Analyze competing perspectives
  • Co-operative teamwork skills
  • Critical and analytical skills, creative approaches to problem solving, and the ability to articulate productive alternatives
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Familiar with the strategies and organizational skills needed to address gender inequalities
  • Identify and analyze gender-based assumptions and biases and to recognize
  • Knowledge of the conditions of women in various cultures and societies
  • Oral, written and presentation skills
  • Understand women's struggles, achievements, and contributions in past and present societies and across cultures from a feminist perspective
  • Understanding of both the causes and consequences of women's subordination

WEB RESOURCES:

What can you do with a Feminist Studies Major? 
Advocates for Community based Training and Education for Women
Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
Career Women: job listings 
Center for American Women and Politics 
Feminist Majority Foundation: full-time job openings, internships with feminist and progressive organizations and links
Global Fund for Women: jobs, internships
Global List of Women’s Organizations 
International Birth & Wellness Project 
Institute for Woman's History: internships
Iranian Feminist Journal/Website: links
Jobs for Women.com: Northern CA job listings
Women for Hire
Women Sports Jobs
Women's Studies Graduate Program

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

Action for Development 
AGLOW International 
American Business Women Association
American Medical Women's Association: job listing, scholarships
American News Women's Club
American Women in Media: jobs, internships
Arab Women’s Solidarity Association 
Association for Women in Computing 
Association for Women in Mathematics: job listing, links
Association for Women in Psychology 
Association for Women in Science: job listings
Association for Women in Sports Media: job listings, internships
Association for Women Journalists: job listing
Association of Women Industrial Design: job listing
Business and Professional Women Foundation: job listing
Center for Women's Business Research 
Feminist for Free Expression 
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
Institute for Women's Policy and Research: internships, jobs listing, fellowships
Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation 
Men's Network Against Domestic Violence 
National Association For Female Executives 
National Association for Women Business Owners 
National Council of Women’s Organizations 
National Organization for Women: internships, jobs
National Partnership for Women and Families: internships, jobs under “About Us” 
Wider Opportunities for Women, W.O.W.: DC job listing
Women Employed. Org: internships
Women for Women International: job listings
Women Impacting Public Policy 
Women in Science: links