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Feminism and Social Justice

About the Organization:

The University of California, Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz or UCSC) is a public land-grant research university in Santa Cruz, California. It is one of Ten University of California campuses and the nearest one to Silicon Valley. Founded in 1965, UC Santa Cruz began with the intention to showcase progressive, cross-disciplinary undergraduate education, innovative teaching methods and contemporary architecture. UC Santa Cruz is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". They are member of the Association of American Universities, the most prestigious alliance of research universities in the United States and Canada.

About the Course:

Feminism and Social Justice” is an adaptation of Distinguished Professor Bettina Aptheker’s long-running course at UC Santa Cruz. In the course, Professor Aptheker presents a broad definition of feminism that serves to frame three significant events in the history of feminism and social justice: the Empire Zinc strike of 1951, the 1971-1972 trial of Angela Davis, and the #metoo Movement.

Syllabus:

  • What is feminism?: Feminism is a movement, a philosophical perspective, and a driver of social change. It has various goals and constituencies, and it continues to be adapted in response to new conditions

  • Salt of the Earth: In 1951, zinc miners in southwestern New Mexico went on strike in response to the Empire Zinc Company’s discriminatory treatment of Mexican-American workers and their families. After the miners were prevented from protesting by a court order, their wives maintained the picket line.

  • Free Angela: In 1970, FBI agents arrested the feminist scholar and activist Angela Davis for her alleged connection to the Soledad Brothers, inmates of Soledad Prison in central California who were accused of killing a guard.

  • The #metoo Movement: The hashtag “metoo” appeared on social media in 2017 in response to a number of high-profile sexual assault allegations in the entertainment industry.

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