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How Women's Studies originated...

In the middle of the anti-war protests and the struggle for civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s, the second wave of feminism, also known as the Women's Liberation Movement, brought feminism to the forefront of society. Soon women were struggling for equality in all areas of life including politics, work, home, and education.

In January 1977, colleges and universities across the nation gathered to form the National Women's Studies Association. Since then, Women's Studies has gained popularity and a place in almost every college curriculum across the country. The field continues to grow as more and more women investigate the history behind and reality of women's aspirations and struggles worldwide.

In 1991, a group of Kutztown University faculty women and men decided it was time to add a Women's Studies minor to the University's curriculum. The first course, Introduction to Women's Studies, was offered in the Fall of 1995; and the response was overwhelming. The minor has continued to grow and thrive ever since.