By Joan D. Mandle
When Joan Mandle authorized the location of Director of Women's reviews at Colgate college, she had particular objectives in mind—to make this system improved, extra academically rigorous, and publicly open. this system might withstand turning into the captive of id politics and may refuse to permit itself to develop into marginalized at the campus. it'll succeed in past the destructive stereotypes of feminism on campus by means of beautiful to and difficult all scholars and college attracted to gender concerns and social change.
Just as Mandle expected, she confronted hindrances throughout the transformation. between her critics have been feminist scholars and school whose perspectives of a winning software at once contradicted Mandle's. whereas the recent director referred to as for outreach, they insisted on isolation. whereas she set forth a coverage of inclusiveness, they sought to take care of an specific group. those members most popular the previous version of the women's experiences software, regardless of its tendency towards separatism.
Can We put on Our Pearls and nonetheless Be Feminists? explores women's reports from Mandle's standpoint as a software director, feminist activist, and student. She deals a bright account of being compelled to grapple with primary problems with what women's reports is and may be. Her powerful dedication to feminism and women's experiences doesn't hinder her from voicing her issues; as a substitute, it compells her to percentage the tale of her directorship in hopes of laying off gentle at the strengths and weaknesses, pitfalls and triumphs of women's reviews as an educational discipline.
Through her exam of the battles all for developing an academically major and ideologically open software, Mandle presents perception right into a attainable road of switch for feminism. by way of displaying how this system at Colgate college used to be capable of motivate campuswide discussions on feminism, Mandle demonstrates that women's reports can be triumphant as an inclusive and rigorous box. This enlightening memoir offers readers with a window on very important debates referring to feminism and ladies in academia.