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Women's Studies (WOMS10): Topic

This LibGuide was revised, edited and published on 10/12/2020 by Joy Chase

Research a topic


University of Michigan, Flint

STEP 1. Brainstorm for ideas

STEP 2. Read general background information

STEP 3. Focus on your topic

STEP 4. Make a list of useful keywords

STEP 5. Be flexible and willing to modify

STEP 6. Define your topic as a focused research question

STEP 7. Research and read more about your topic

STEP 8. Formulate a thesis statement

WOMS 10 topic assignment

Final Research Project American Influential Women/Selected List:
1. Dolores Huerta, labor leader and activist
2. bell hooks, visionary author and activist
3. Zora Neale Hurston, anthropologist, poet and writer
4. June Jordan, feminist poet, teacher and activist
5. Audrey Lorde, feminist author and civil rights activist
6. Winona LaDuke, indigenous and environmental activist, politician
7. Angela Davis, former Black Panther, feminist author, professor and activist
8. Maxine Hong Kingston, NOW (National Organization of Women)
9. Yuri Kochiyama,  Japanese American anti-war anti-nuclear activist
10. Margaret Mead, anthropologist
11. Charlene Spretnak, ecofeminist author/women’s spirituality
12. LaDoris Cordell, retired judge and former Independent Police Auditor
13. Sarah & Angelina Grimke, pioneers of the women’s movement
14.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, pioneer of the women’s movement
15. Alice Paul, Woman’s Suffrage Movement
16. Barbara Lee, Bay Area’s Congresswoman
17. Chelsea Manning, Famous Whistleblower, also Transgender
18. Gloria Anzaldua, feminist scholar/author
19. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, young Congresswoman, environmental activist
20. Marsha P. Johnson, Stonewall Transgender Activist
21. Temple Grandin, Professor, Activist for rights of people with disabilities/disabling conditions
Students are instructed to research and write about influential women’s work/legacy, social and personal impact. They need to examine how these women influenced their own lives because of their struggles, values and accomplishments.